Former Adelaide Festival artistic director David Sefton is plunging into the world of the Fringe this year with a new pop-up hub in Victoria Square presenting family-friendly events ranging from kids’ interactive theatre shows to a mini music festival.
Adelaide Fringe director and CEO Heather Croall has had her contract extended for a further two years until 2020, when the festival will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Adelaide Fringe says new figures released today show it attracted thousands more interstate and international visitors in 2017 and has more than doubled its economic impact on South Australia in the past six years.
Vika and Linda Bull have added polish to many recordings by others but it is always a delight seeing them at their exuberant best and in their own right. ★★★★½
Whatever contemporary dance studies lecturer Peter Sheedy and the powers-that-be in the Dance Department of TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts are doing, they’re doing it right. ★★★★
Mad March will draw to a close on Sunday, but there are still plenty of shows to see over the final weekend. Here are some highlights from all genres of the Adelaide Festival and Fringe programs.
More than 400 Adelaide Fringe sponsors, staff, volunteers and artists attended a Sponsors' Gala held at the Thebarton Theatre.
It’s time to put on your dancing shoes, kids, and bust a move. ★★★★
Rough Diamanté is 60 minutes of hilarious, outrageous, tightly-packed stand-up which races along without respite, writes reviewer Jim Mack. ★★★★½
Rhys Nicholson's new show, I'm Fine, is a beautifully bitchy account of how this socially anxious young man has overcome bullying and social stigma to arrive at a place of mere mild neuroses. ★★★★
Priscilla Armstrong, as 1930s Berlin cabaret performer Sally Bowles, sings songs from 'Cabaret' and 'Threepenny Opera' with a cheeky grin and seductive eyes that could charm the pants off an SS officer.
Jimeoin is a seasoned stand-up performer: an entrance jig sets the scene and the banter begins, quickly drawing you in. ★★★½
After winning the Best Circus & Physical Theatre award at last year’s Adelaide Fringe with ‘Knee Deep’, Casus Circus is back with an entertaining new show called ‘Driftwood’. ★★★★
We've all been there. Everyone at the party is having a great time and you would be too if only your vicious inner critic would shut the diggity up for five minutes. ★★★½
Fresh from successful tours of the UK and North America, this wonderfully rough piece of theatre parodies a certain hit television series of a similar name. ★★★★
Crowds enjoyed the Garden of Unearthly Delights opening night party in Rundle Park celebrating the start of Adelaide Fringe.
Fringe circus show Blanc de Blanc hosted its opening night this week in the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent in the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Five artists whose work challenges perceptions about Africa will transform a city street during a festival this weekend showcasing African music, art, food and culture.
Gospolation, presented by Adelaide choir the Gospo Collective, is a pure display of unbridled enthusiasm for singing. ★★★
The Adelaide Fringe hosted a VIP party to celebrate last Saturday’s street parade and the opening of the 2017 festival.
From the moment the darkness is pierced by a soaring female voice and the rhythm of a single drumbeat, you know you won’t be disappointed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. ★★★★
Australian actor Brett Brown is captivating as Shakespeare's hero monarch in this excellent one-man play at Holden Street Theatres. ★★★★
360 Allstars is an ode to all those big Bs of 1990s urban cool – breakdancing, basketball, BMX and beatboxing. ★★★★
Sammy J is one of Australia’s most talented comedians, with his intelligent humour, musicianship and impeccable timing eliciting fits of laughter. ★★★★★
Writer-director Joseph Pinzon weaves acrobatics, physical manipulation and circus feats with a sense of carnival and adolescent melodrama in Filament. ★★★★
‘Can I tap on your shoes?’ It’s not a request usually encountered at the theatre door but, as we soon find out, this is no ordinary theatre production. ★★★★
From the moment you enter the Trainspotting performance space, which feels like a cross between an underground tube station and a urinal, you are transported back 20 years to the grungy club scene of the 1990s. ★★★★
The five female acrobats in Element of Consequence show grace, poise and synchronicity that belies their strength and stamina. ★★★