The struggles of paramedics and the extraordinary power of belief – be it in Creation, ghosts or UFOs – were explored in two key sessions at Adelaide Writers’ Week.
An all-female comedy gala featuring fresh stand-up material from some of the nation’s best comedians provides an hour of sheer fun. ★★★★ ½
Another former Prime Minister has used the forum of Adelaide Writers’ Week to weigh in on the latest distressing allegations about sexual crimes in federal politics, while the author of one of 2020’s most-loved Australian books talked about finding light in dark times. Here’s our latest despatch from SA’s premier books and ideas event.
Pandemic fiction and a rockstar appearance by Julia Gillard marked day one of Writers’ Week.
At the throbbing heart of The Pulse is the beauty of endless renewal, depicted as bodies and voices unite, retreat and reconnect in a monumental display of synchronicity and skill.
Dom Chambers comes up trumps with a polished performance featuring card tricks and stories about his adolescent obsession with his deck. ★★★★
The story of Martin McKenna’s early life in Ireland goes to some dark places but it is the indomitable spirit of the boy who grew up to become known as the “dreadlocked dog man” that captivated Adelaide theatre-maker Andy Packer.
Some of the most audacious and path-changing musical minds in modern times will be in the spotlight at UKARIA Cultural Centre for this year’s Adelaide Festival.
Andi Snelling tells how the greatest ‘accident’ of her life turned her world upside down and inspired a Fringe show that blends storytelling, clowning and roller skates.
A satirical Fringe show by The Chaser’s Charles Firth and The Shovel’s James Schloeffel will take you on a trip through wild COVID conspiracy theories and show you how to make your own Pete Evans BioCharger.
The Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt’s temporary supermarket with a powerful twist, has popped up in Rundle Place – and it might change your shopping habits forever.
Having once aspired to a career as a singer, Adelaide writer Poppy Nwosu is now the author of two young-adult novels and will speak on the subject of Little Quirks and Grand Passions at Writers’ Week. Michael Bollen recounts her storybook beginning.
Mary Angley is supreme in this work of surreal fan fiction, conspiracy theories, biting satire and powerpoint. ★★★★ ½
Smart, fun and delightfully brash, comedic couple in life and business Anne Edmonds and Lloyd Langford bring their contrasting flavours of stand-up from the confines of Melbourne’s lockdown to the stage. ★★★ ½
ACE Open exhibition The Image is not Nothing (Concrete Archives) is a far-reaching global examination of the violence humans visit upon each other, our capacity to reconcile those traumas, and the dangers that arise when nations – like Australia – instead attempt to forget.
London-based company Agent November Escape Rooms brings the excitement of escape rooms into your home with two adventures that plunge players into the thrilling world of spies and espionage.
Restless Dance Theatre has spent decades changing attitudes and diversifying Australia’s artistic landscape, but a significant funding cut means support is needed more than ever before.
The danceable rhythm of Willie Brown’s ‘Ragged and Dirty’ was a great way for Cal Williams Jr’s trio to usher in a delightful performance of Mississippi blues songs. They hooked the full audience right there and kept them hooked. ★★★★★