Peter Hanlon, it seems, has always been a contradiction. A punk-rock loving aesthete who has scaled the upper echelons of Australia’s finance industry and still sits at the helm of the Bank SA board and who, at 63, has recently found a new career path - as an arthouse filmmaker.
Artists and composers Sacred Resonance manipulate the sounds and imagery of deep space to create an immersive experience under the domed screen of the Adelaide Planetarium. ★★★
The much-fêted Akram Khan’s final full-length dance performance is a consummate work of anguish and exquisite beauty, writes Katherine Arguile.
With two days to go, the 2018 Adelaide Festival has achieved a new box office record of more than $4.5 million, while the Fringe is on target for a 7.6 per cent increase in ticket sales.
Bangarra Dance Theatre's beautifully staged exploration of the life of Aboriginal figure Woollarawarre Bennelong is an extraordinary and deeply important work, writes Alison Flett.
On face value, watching someone balance rocks doesn’t sound like a particularly enticing way to spend an hour, but within minutes Dutch performance artist Nick Steur will have you absolutely spellbound.
GALLERY: Around 96,000 people converged at WOMADelaide over the long weekend to see 70 acts including jazz musician Kamasi Washington, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the mesmerising Manganiyar Seduction and controversial feather-filled aerial show Place des Anges.
Adelaide Festival performance Taha tells the story of a man who lost his home, his lover and his livelihood, but evolved to become one of Palestine’s greatest poets after finding solace in writing.
More than 500 people celebrated the opening of ACE Open’s Adelaide Festival exhibition Waqt al-tagheer: Time of change.
Festival-goers have a packed line-up of music, dance, theatre and visual art shows to choose from as the Mad March festivities draw to a close this weekend. Here are some picks from the Fringe and Festival programs.
This staging of Brahms' German Requiem subverts some of the formal traditions of choral singing, breaking down the barrier between performer and audience, to powerful effect.
Part physical theatre and part comedy, with a hint of political commentary, Unsuitable is a high-energy show from Belfast that is more anti-circus than circus. ★★★
He may claim that fatherhood has toned him down but Sam Simmons’ new show is still packed with his trademark style of random, absurdist humour that fans know and love. ★★★★
With impeccable timing, landing and pace, stand-up comedian Matt Okine is worthy of an Olympic gold medal for his hilarious rags-to-riches tale. ★★★★½
Part musical theatre, part cabaret, The Executioners features satirical humour, an original score, lyrical wizardry and whimsical dance. And it’s brilliant. ★★★★½
Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam theatre has created four hours of the most gripping, spellbinding and powerful theatre you will ever hope to see with this distillation of Shakespearean plays.
The deconstructed title of flamenco star Israel Galván’s latest work makes it clear to anyone unfamiliar with his oeuvre: Expect the unexpected.
Patch Theatre’s Adelaide Festival show is a gorgeous affair from start to finish - an invitation to open our hearts fully to life’s delicious possibilities.
Clever, engrossing and powerful, Us / Them presents a ‘child’s gaze’ perspective on the atrocity that occurred when Chechen terrorists stormed a school in Beslan and took 1200 hostages.
This "live animation" show brings the claustrophobia, inhumanity and visceral muck of World War I to grotesque life using everyday items and miniatures: you'll never be more affected by a dismembered plastic figurine.
Sydney Writers’ Festival CEO Jo Dyer is set to take over as the new director of Adelaide Writers’ Week following the departure of Laura Kroetsch.
‘Ross Noble is like an extreme extrovert on speed, providing a weird kind of escapism.’ ★★★½
These biennial awards, run by Arts SA, were announced in a special ceremony at Adelaide Writers’ Week, followed by a VIP function in the Torrens Parade Ground Drill Hall.
While a flame-haired Englishman with a guitar had much of Adelaide entranced at Adelaide Oval last night, a snow-haired Swede without a microphone offered something very precious to a different crowd just a short stroll up King William Street.
As a fan of Tom Gleeson’s acerbic comedic style from his Hard Chat segments on the ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering and hosting the game show Hard Quiz, I was excited to see him live. I was also a little nervous. ★★★★½
The beguiling works in a new exhibition showing as part of the Adelaide Festival are grounded in the realities of Muslim artists’ daily lives in Australia, writes Christine Judith Nicholls.
Performer and foodie Michelle Pearson serves up a hearty blend of comfort food, storytelling and singing in a MasterChef meets Australian Idol Fringe show. ★★★★
With traffic cones as trumpets, musical saws, water-cooler drums and an eclectic array of other invented instruments, The Lost and Found Orchestra creates a musical extravaganza that boggles the mind.
'Memorial' is an elegy for the fallen soldiers of The Iliad that, through its potent alchemy of poetry, music and clever use of an enormous chorus, delivers a powerful statement about the human cost of war.
Bold, fresh and original, Robert Lepage’s ‘The Far Side of the Moon' - an exploration of the complicated coming together of two middle-aged brothers following the death of their mother - is theatre at its finest, writes Jo Vabolis.
The Adelaide Festival continues its proud tradition of presenting new operas with Hamlet – a transfixing production that brings an invigorating modernity to Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, writes Greg Elliott.
This show begins with multiple voices, all trying to help someone who’s disabled, who might not want to be helped, who might not be able to be helped: Have you tried hydrotherapy? Gluten-free? Are you getting enough sleep? Have you tried yoga? ★★★★
Wil Anderson's new show Wilegal is basically the story of how he came to be arrested on a flight to Wagga Wagga in mid-2017. ★★★
More than 80 authors will converge on the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden for the six-day Adelaide Writers' Week from Saturday. InDaily asked six Adelaide writers and festival guests to share the sessions they're most looking forward to.
The notorious Nazi doctor from Auschwitz who used Jewish prisoners for all manner of despicable experiments is questioned about his past after nearly drowning on a beach in Brazil in the sobering Fringe play Mengele. ★★★★
Out from amid the archetypes of an ancient tale of horror and violence, this Australian production of Thyestes pulls something searing and terrifyingly familiar.
The 360 All Stars wowed Fringe-goers last year and continue to do so again, but look closer at the Fringe guide and you’ll notice a couple of the All Stars have branched out with their own shows. ★★★★
Le Aerial takes on the challenge of high-flying acrobatics and dance, as it attempts to leave audiences in awe of our homegrown talent. ★★½
Grace Jones’ open-air concert in Elder Park shows she is still a reigning rock goddess: fierce, funny, sexy, outrageous … and completely electrifying.
Charming and disarming, the bare-chested performers of Elixir combine well-executed acrobatics with slapstick, sexy antics … and zombies. ★★★★½
Is romance as we know it dead, asks Nikki Britton. How does the longing to be rescued by Prince Charming fit with strong, independent feminist ideals or the perils of dating apps? ★★★½
Darkly comic Fringe play Shell Shock gives insight into the nightmares that continue to plague soldiers when they return from a warzone. ★★★★
The 2018 Adelaide Festival is closing in on last year's record box-office result, with ticket sales three days out from the official opening already 14.5 per cent ahead of the same time last year and a number of shows expected to sell out.
An intense, emotion-charged atmosphere is created in this experimental theatre show which explores the topic of immigration through the experiences of a pair of Middle Eastern women caught between two worlds. ★★★★
For many South Australians, the Ferris wheel brings back childhood memories of springtime rides at the show, but those recollections will be turned upside-down when the ride morphs into an 18+ speed-dating venue for Fringe.
The new Fringe show from the producers of Limbo, Cantina and Blanc de Blanc is a quirky and fun fusion of acrobatics, comedy, song and dance – complete with a large inflatable bouncy house. ★★★½
The jubilant moves and heartfelt passion of the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir are infectious as the performers bring the music and spirit of South Africa to Adelaide Fringe. ★★★★
There’s never a dull moment in Rouge, a sexy, energetic and tongue-in-cheek Fringe ‘circus for grown-ups’, writes reviewer Anna Solding. ★★★★
The poetry and stories of World War I are brought vividly to life in Guy Masterson’s solo Fringe show 'Anthem for a Doomed Youth' at the Bakehouse Theatre. ★★★½
Oh, how I wanted to love this show by Cal Wilson, the feisty Kiwi with multi-coloured hair who has been adopted over the years by Australian comedic panel TV shows. ★★½
Australian composer Robert Davidson’s musical work Stalin's Piano will re-contextualise famous speeches – including Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny speech’ – for the Adelaide Festival.
British playwright Henry Naylor's new political play Borders shifts between poetry, humour and nail-biting action to smash through our mental borders, writes Alison Flett. ★★★★ ½
Knitting, whip cracking, roller-skating, whirling dervishes and a baptism are all part of the weird and whacky religious experience that is Cirque Alfonse’s Tabarnak. ★★★½
Impersonating a man as mockable as American President Donald Trump should be a straightforward task, but Simon Jay’s satirical show Trumpageddon leaves an uneasy feeling, writes reviewer Stephanie Richards. ★★★
Home-grown Adelaide talent Matt Tarrant's magic shows regularly sell out at the Adelaide Fringe, and if his reception on opening night is anything to go by, they will do so again this year, writes Anna Solding. ★★★ ½
Part of a suite of three comedic plays being presented by actor, writer and 'science communicator' John Hinton, 'Origin of Species' is a thoroughly entertaining romp about Charles Darwin’s scientific discoveries, writes Jo Vabolis. ★★★★
In-yer-face UK theatre show ‘Flesh & Bone’ takes audiences deep down into the 'gutters' of East London, where Shakespearean-style verse meets Cockney slang and 'the villains do rock and roll'. ★★★★½
A series of high-powered laser beams will transport South Australians from North Terrace to the North Pole as part of tonight's Adelaide Fringe opening festivities.
Molly Taylor's 'Love Letters to the Public Transport System' is an emotional and engaging hour of storytelling that reminds us to celebrate unexpected encounters and everyday experiences, writes reviewer Jo Vabolis. ★★★★
British playwright Henry Naylor returns to Adelaide Fringe this year with a new political drama inspired both by his experience meeting Kurdish refugees in Adelaide and witnessing the impact of the conflict in Afghanistan.
Toy tanks, Action Man figures, parsley, potting soil and powdered sugar are among the miniature props and everyday items used to recreate the horrors of the battlefront in Dutch live-animation company Hotel Modern’s Adelaide Festival show The Great War.
“Audience must know how to swim,” states the program listing for Wet Sounds. It’s an unusual requirement for a Fringe event, but this is an unusual show - a sound experience that transforms a public pool into an art space.
Former foreign correspondent Peter Greste hopes his talk at WOMADelaide will help people understand why press freedom must be protected and remind them of the crucial role journalists play in holding governments to account.
Marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice and featuring a cast of 215 people, Brink Productions' theatrical adaptation of poet Alice Oswald’s Memorial is a reflection on both the horror of war and what it is to be human.
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 Writers’ Week director Laura Kroetsch recommends a selection of compelling fiction and non-fiction books for the summer holidays.
Around 6000 artists will converge for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, with a record 1223 events ranging from the ever-popular circus-cabaret extravaganzas to shows with a political edge such as Trumpageddon and The Pauline Hanson Musical.