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What's on: A Big Family Weekend, Good Times, cinema in the wild


The opening of DreamBIG children’s festival, Good Times music tour, homegrown jazz, a trio of film fests encompassing adrenaline-fuelled adventures, American cinema and cutting-edge ideas, and a confronting night at the theatre.

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DreamBIG – Adelaide Festival Centre

A Big Family Weekend heralds the opening of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival (formerly known as the Come Out). The weekend will feature free shows, workshops, activities, roving performances and exhibitions along and around North Terrace, including Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, “an interactive storytelling adventure” with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, led by educator Paul Rissmann, at the Art Gallery of SA. Ticketed DreamBIG shows include comedy performance Mr Stink, (based on the book by David Walliams); acrobatic quartet Arch 8’s Tetris, inspired by the classic electronic game; prize-winning play Gone Viral, which highlights some of the issues facing young people; and True North Youth’s Theatre Ensemble’s E Bully, exploring the phenomenon of cyber bullying. See the full program for the May 18-27 festival here.

1984 – Her Majesty’s Theatre

Set in a totalitarian state where Big Brother’s power is reinforced by propaganda, the re-writing of history and surveillance of citizens, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 still holds a powerful place in contemporary culture. This stage production, created by British theatre-makers Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, is playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre until May 27 – and it’s a crushing experience, writes Bension Siebert in his review for InDaily.

APIA Good Times Tour – Entertainment Centre

The Black Sorrows with Vika + Linda Bull, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Mental as Anything and Deborah Conway are on the road for the 2017 APIA Good Times Tour, which touches down at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre theatre tonight (Friday). The two-act show begins at 8pm, and tickets were still available last we looked.

Jazz Homegrown – Elder Hall

Presented by the Elder Conservatorium of Music, this concert on Saturday evening will see violinist Julian Ferraretto join the University of Adelaide Big Band, Latin Ensemble and Honours Ensemble for a showcase of jazz, with the promise of “hard swinging tunes, infectious Cuban grooves, soaring melodies and plenty of jazz fiddling”.

Two Brothers – Holden Street Theatres

This controversial Australian play by writer Hannie Rayson sees two powerful and politically opposed brothers take sides against each other following the tragic death of 250 people when an Indonesian fishing boat carrying refugees sinks in the Indian Ocean. Holden Street’s resident theatre company, Red Phoenix Theatre, is presenting the Adelaide premiere of Two Brothers, with performances continuing until May 28. Details here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – Capri Theatre

Climber Ines Papert during an ascent on Senja Island in Norway. Photo: Thomas Senf

Spectacular scenery and adrenaline-packed adventure are the trademarks of this annual touring film festival which features a selection of award winners and audience favourites from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. It includes the award-winning Australian film Doing It Scared, which follows climber Paul Pritchard’s returns to the iconic Totem Pole in Tasmania 18 years after a catastrophic accident on the same landmark left him with a severe brain injury. There will be two film festival sessions at the Capri Theatre on Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Transitions Film Festival – Mercury Cinema

This festival is dedicated to highlighting what it describes as “cutting-edge ideas from around the globe and the local community groups that are creating impact in Australia”, with films looking at a range of environmental challenges and possible sustainable solutions. It’s at the Mercury Cinema until May 28, with the full program online.

Anne Enright: Adelaide Writers’ Week special event – Elder Hall

As part of the Adelaide Writers’ Week out-of-season series, Booker Prize-winning Irish writer Anne Enright will talk about her new novel The Green Road at an event at Elder Hall on Monday, May 22 (bookings and details here). Other sessions this month will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Hisham Matar (May 29) and Colson Whitehead (May 28).

American Essentials Film Festival – Palace Nova Eastend

This showcase of American independent films explores styles ranging from melodrama, adventure and horror, to political documentary, classics, biography and art. Many of the featured films are having their Australian premiere, but there is also a collection of “Masters & Masterpieces” – newly restored classics and docos about writers and filmmakers (this Sunday will see the double-feature screening of a biography on director David Lynch – read review here – and his 1977 surrealist horror Eraserhead). American Essentials continues at Palace Nova Eastend until May 28.

ASO: Youthful Genius – Town Hall

Violinist Anthony Marwood directs the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series 3 concert, which features Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor, written when he was still a teenager. Also on the program are the first symphonies composed by Mozart and Beethoven. There will be two performances of Youthful Genius next weekend, on May 26 and 27, at the Town Hall.

Versus Rodin: Bodies Through Time and Space – Art Gallery of SA

This exhibition 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. Read more about the works and the artists hereVersus Rodin is at the gallery until July 2, with guided tours daily at 11am and 2pm.

Yidaki – Didjeridu and The Sound of Australia – SA Museum

Djalu Gurruwiwi, Yolngu people, Galpu clan, Yidaki virtuoso with yidaki. Image courtesy 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.

Henry V – Little Theatre

Director Megan Dansie’s vision for this University of Adelaide Theatre Guild production of Henry V is inspired by the use of drama therapy for survivors of post-traumatic stress disorder.  It sees a group of patients and family members performing the Shakespearean play as they deal with the trauma of war, exploring its effect and the difficult moral decisions made in the heat of battle. There are performances at Little Theatre, The Cloisters, Adelaide University, until May 20.

On screen

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

David Lynch: The Art of Life (American Essentials Film Festival)
Viceroy’s House
John Wick: Chapter 2
Alien: Covenant
Get Out
Pork Pie
Berlin Syndrome

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