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What's on: from couture to comedy


Things to see and do in Adelaide, including the final days of SALA, a new exhibition of costumes from ‘The Dressmaker’ film, madcap comic thriller ‘The 39 Steps’, British Chatty Man Alan Carr and a multi-media showcase at Samstag Museum.

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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition – Ayers House

More than 50 costumes worn by actors includes Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook in Australian film The Dressmaker will be on display in this exhibition at Ayers House Museum from next Thursday. The display, developed for the National Trust by award-winning designer Marion Boyce, offers a taste of 1950s Parisian couture. It will run until December 11. Details here.

South Australian Living Artists Festival

From 'Traces of Us in Again and Again', a SALA show opening today at Our lady of La Vang School in Flinders Park.

From ‘Traces of Us in Again and Again’, a SALA show opening today at Our Lady of La Vang School in Flinders Park.

The month-long South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is almost over, but there are still plenty of exhibitions and events, including The Artist’s Voice forum – a discussion about the state of visual arts now and in the future at the Radford Auditorium at the Art Gallery of SA on Saturday morning. SALA features more than 4600 artists in hundreds of free exhibitions state-wide. View the full program of events here.

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year – SA Museum

Stunning photographs capturing the natural beauty of the Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea bioregion – including flora, fauna and landscapes – are on display in this exhibition at the SA Museum until October 3. See a gallery of images here.

The 39 Steps – Dunstan Playhouse

Anna Steen and Nathan Page in The 39 Steps. Photo: Shane Reid

Anna Steen and Nathan Page in The 39 Steps. Photo: Shane Reid

Described as a “wonderfully deranged comedy”, the stage adaptation of The 39 Steps replicates Alfred Hitchcock’s entire 1935 film, with just four actors playing 139 roles. Pulled into a web of intrigue and pursued by a shady organisation, the debonair Richard Hannay must solve the mystery of The 39 Steps to save his skin. The noir thriller is being presented by the State Theatre Company of SA at the Dunstan Playhouse until September 11. Read InDaily’s review here.

The Sound of Music – Festival Theatre

The touring London Palladium production of this popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is playing at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide until September 4. Recounting the well-known story of the von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains to escape the Nazis, The Sound of Music features a cast including Cameron Daddo (Captain von Trapp), Marina Prior, Lorraine Bayly and Adelaide-born Johanna Allen. Read InDaily’s review here.

Alan Carr – Thebarton Theatre

Alan Carr

The British comedian and host of TV show Alan Carr: Chatty Man will be presenting his unique take on life with the stand-up show Yap Yap Yap at the Thebby tonight (Friday).

 Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – Her Maj

The “charmingly incompetent English gentleman” Bertie Wooster and his “unflappable valet” Jeeves will be in Adelaide from Tuesday with the Olivier Award-winning comedy show Perfect Nonsensea hilarious evening of theatrical absurdity” based on the novel The Code of Woosters by PJ Wodehouse. It will be playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre until September 3.

Experimenta Recharge – Samstag Museum

Experimenta Recharge, the 6th International Biennial of Media Art, features the work of 20 Australian and international artists who employ, critique and experiment with media and technology. The exhibition  draws on photography, biology, sculpture and installation, electromagnetics, sound art, robotics, gaming, dance, the internet, performance, 3D printing, animation, film, video and analogue television. It is at Samstag Museum of Art until September 23.

James Reyne and Mark Seymour – The Gov

James Reyne and Mark Seymour.jpgSinger-songwriters James Reyne and Mark Seymour are bringing their And the Rest is History tour to the Governor Hindmarsh tonight and Saturday night, showcasing hits from Hunters & Collectors, Australian Crawl and their solo catalogues.

Robert Hannaford exhibition – Art Gallery of SA

Fifty years of work by South Australian portrait artist Robert Hannaford is on show in this exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia until October 9. It features 180 of his drawings, 40 paintings and two bronze sculptures, alongside works by his South Australian mentors and some of the European masters he admired. Read InDaily’s interview with the artist here.

Fiona Hall – All the King’s Men – Art Gallery of SA

All the King’s Men is the masterwork from Fiona Hall’s 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition Wrong Way Time. The installation includes 20 sculptures suspended in space that are made from military uniforms, with mask-like heads and ghostly, skeletal bodies. The installation will be at the Art Gallery of SA until December 21. Read InDaily’s interview with the artist here.

On screen

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

The Shallows
Kubo and the Two Strings
Suicide Squad
Embrace of the Serpent
Star Trek Beyond
Swiss Army Man
Maggie’s Plan

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