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A new production of disco spectacular Saturday Night Fever, First Fridays after-hours art, pianist Louis Lortie with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, A Doll’s House, Bootleg Beach Boys, Bay City Rollers and more.

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Saturday Night Fever – Arts Theatre

Matt Byrne Media is presenting this production of Saturday Night Fever, with producer Byrne promising that Bee Gees songs such as “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “You Should Be Dancing” will have the audience on their feet. Featuring an LED dance floor and Sebastian Cooper (above) as the young dance-floor king Tony Manero, the musical is at the Arts Theatre until July 15. It will then have a season at Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre from July 20-29. Details here.

First Fridays – Art Gallery of SA

Winter Warmth is the theme of the gallery’s First Fridays after-hours event tonight. There will be guided tours of the Ramsay Art Prize and Versus Rodin exhibitions, a drawing tour with artist and educator Luke Thurgate, a talk by inaugural Ramsay Art Prize winner Sarah Contos, and live jazz by the James Muller Quartet. See the full program here. First Fridays is held at the gallery from 5-9pm on the first Friday of each month.

ASO’s Dedication – Town Hall

Conducted by Christoph König, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series 5 concert features guest pianist Louis Lortie playing the popular Second Piano Concerto by Saint-Saëns. The program begins with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, in which each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer who died in World War I, and ends with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 Scottish. Performances are on tonight (Friday) and Saturday at the Adelaide Town Hall.

The Bootleg Beach Boys – Her Majesty’s Theatre

Promising the ultimate surfin’ safari experience, this show pays homage to the famous ’60s band with songs from throughout their career, including hits such as “California Girls”, “Surfing Safari”, “Good Vibrations” and “Barbara Anne”. You can get a taste of the show here and catch them at Her Majesty’s Theatre tonight (Friday).

Matilda the Musical – Festival Theatre

A delicious tale full of magic and mischief, Matilda the Musical brilliantly brings to life author Roald Dahl’s story about a gifted little girl whose spirit can’t be extinguished by her horrid parents or dastardly headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Full of “revolting children” and powered by Tim Minchin’s wonderful score, the multi-Helpmann-Award-winning Royal Shakespeare Company production is at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, until July 16. Read our review here.

A Doll’s House – Dunstan Playhouse

Miranda Daughtry and Dale March in A Doll’s House. Photo: Andy Rasheed

The State Theatre Company of SA’s new production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is based on an adaptation by local playwright Elena Carapetis, who has moved the 19th-century Norwegian drama about a fraught relationship to modern-day Australia. The multi-layered result, writes InDaily reviewer Alison Flett, is beautifully complex and endlessly mesmerising. Performances continue at the Dunstan Playhouse until July 22.

The Golden Dragon – Bakehouse Theatre

Set in and around a busy Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai restaurant at street level of an apartment block, The Golden Dragon tells a number of different stories that gradually intersect and overlap. Directed by Joh Hartog, the production is playing at the Bakehouse Theatre until July 22.

The Summation of Force & a e i o u – Samstag Museum

SA photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio’s multi-channel video project The Summation of Force explores the world of cricket and was filmed almost entirely in the couple’s backyard with their two young sons. Also currently showing is Michelle Nikou: a e i o u, a survey of the work of the SA contemporary artist and Samstag Scholar. Both exhibitions run until September 1. Read InDaily‘s interview with Parke and Autio here.

Helpless / Bay City Rollers – The Gov

Helpless. Photo: Bronwen Caple Photography

Local band Helpless returns to The Governor Hindmarsh on Saturday night to perform The Songs of Neil Young – “expect arrangements that hold true to the original works, featuring four-part harmonies, banjos, lap slide, harmonicas and wailing guitars”. Next week, ’70s hitmakers Bay City Rollers (including original frontman Les McKeown) will be in town for two shows, with tickets still available to the gig on July 13.

Versus Rodin & Ramsay Art Prize – Art Gallery of SA

The Art Gallery of SA has extended its season for Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Time and Space until July 16. It 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. Details of events over the final weeks of the show can be found here. The Ramsay Art Prize exhibition features the work of finalists in the prize, which is open to Australian artists under 40 working in any material or process. It continues until August 27.

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:

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Lady Macbeth
Transformers: The Last Knight
Rough Night
20th Century Women

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