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Matilda the Musical has swung into town, with other events including an orchestral celebration of Elvis, ASO’s Youthful Genius, DreamBIG festival, a fusion of dance and visual art, final performances of 1984 and Absolutely Dylan.

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Matilda the Musical – Festival Theatre

Inspired by the Roald Dahl children’s book about a precocious little girl with a vivid imagination and sharp mind, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Australian Production of Matilda the Musical has enjoyed sold-out seasons and rave reviews interstate, receiving a record 13 Helpmann Awards last year – including best musical and best original score for Tim Minchin. It is playing at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 16.

Elvis Presley: The Wonder of You 2017 – Entertainment Centre

This touring arena show sees Elvis Presley projected on the big screen, backed by a 40-piece live symphony orchestra performing what promoters describe as his “most well-known ‘rocking’ songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads”. There’s one performance only at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this Sunday (May 28).

ASO: Youthful Genius – Town Hall

Violinist Anthony Marwood directs the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series 3 concert, which features Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor, written when he was still a teenager. Also on the program are the first symphonies composed by Mozart and Beethoven. There will be two performances of Youthful Genius, tonight (Friday) and tomorrow, at the Adelaide Town Hall.

DreamBIG – Adelaide Festival Centre

Jump First, Ask Later. Photo: Peter Plozza

The Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival (formerly known as Come Out) continues this weekend, with shows including True North Youth’s Theatre Ensemble’s E Bully, exploring the phenomenon of cyber bullying; acrobatic quartet Arch 8’s Tetris, inspired by the classic electronic game; mud run and adventure challenge Squelch in the Southern Parklands, and Parkour show Jump First, Ask Later. See the full program for the May 18-27 festival here.

1984 – Her Majesty’s Theatre

Set in a totalitarian state where Big Brother’s power is reinforced by propaganda, the re-writing of history and surveillance of citizens, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 still holds a powerful place in contemporary culture. This stage production, based on an adaptation by British theatre-makers Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, has its final performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre this weekend. Read our review here.

Transitions Film Festival – Mercury Cinema

This festival is dedicating to highlighting what it describes as “cutting-edge ideas from around the globe and the local community groups that are creating impact in Australia”, with films looking at a range of environmental challenges and possible sustainable solutions. It’s at the Mercury Cinema until May 28, with the full program online.

Physical Forces – ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre

Choreographer and dancer Larissa McGowan is presenting work-in-progress Cher as part of Physical Forces.

Gallery space ACE Open is celebrating the opening weekend of 24 Frames Per Second – an exhibition exploring the nexus between film, dance and the visual arts – with three days of “genre-bending dance programs”. Presented with Vitalstatistix and the Performance & Art Development Agency, Physical Forces will include gallery-based performances and work-in-progress showings, a high-energy dance class and artist talks. See the full schedule and other ACE exhibition details here.

Two Brothers – Holden Street Theatres

This controversial Australian play by writer Hannie Rayson sees two powerful and politically opposed brothers take sides against each other following the tragic death of 250 people when an Indonesian fishing boat carrying refugees sinks in the Indian Ocean. Holden Street’s resident theatre company, Red Phoenix Theatre, is presenting the Adelaide premiere of Two Brothers, with the final performance on Sunday. Read InDaily‘s review here.

American Essentials Film Festival – Palace Nova Eastend

This showcase of American independent films explores styles ranging from melodrama, adventure and horror, to political documentary, classics, biography and art. Many of the featured films are having their Australian premiere, but there is also a collection of “Masters & Masterpieces” – newly restored classics and docos about writers and filmmakers. American Essentials continues at Palace Nova Eastend until Sunday.

Absolutely Dylan / Killing Heidi – The Gov

Aussie Bob channels Dylan.

If you missed Aussie Bob’s homage to Bob Dylan during the Adelaide Fringe, there’s another chance to catch the show on Saturday night at the Governor Hindmarsh. With support from a backing band of Adelaide musos, Aussie Bob will present his own interpretation of Dylan’s classic songs. Tickets are also selling fast for next Saturday’s gig by Killing Heidi, who are touring for the first time in more than a decade.

Sista Girl – Space Theatre

Co-produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Perth’s Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, this play explores the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians through the story of two women who share a white father – and meet for the first time at his deathbed.  The play opens at the Space Theatre on May 30, with performances until June 3.

Versus Rodin: Bodies Through Time and Space – Art Gallery of SA

This exhibition brings together key pieces by Auguste Rodin, the pioneer of modern sculpture, with more than 200 works referencing the human body by other modern and contemporary artists. Read more about the works and the artists hereVersus Rodin is showing gallery until July 2, with guided tours daily at 11am and 2pm.  The gallery will host its next First Fridays after-hours event on June 2, with a live performance by the Zephyr Quartet, tours of Versus Rodin and the new Ramsay Art Prize, and music curated by DJ Tr!p.

Yidaki – Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia – SA Museum

This landmark exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Yolngu people, cultural custodians of the yidaki (didjeridu). It explores the cultural and musical origins of the instrument, as well as its power and meaning in Yolngu life. Read more here. The exhibition continues at the SA Museum until July 16.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

David Lynch: The Art of Life (American Essentials Film Festival)
John Wick: Chapter 2
Alien: Covenant
Get Out
Pork Pie

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