These two new installations are sure to attract festivalgoers this season and they couldn’t be more different. One is a sensory maze, the other pure joy. Head to The Garden to enjoy both after a show or before hitting up one of the hundreds of small acts in the side tents.
If last year’s Garden of Unearthly Delights installation House of Mirrors was cause for reflection, this year’s 1000 Doors is a portal to the past. Created by the same artists – Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney – and having debuted at the 2018 Melbourne Festival, it is essentially a labyrinth featuring old doors, peeling wallpaper and found objects including photos and furniture, all accompanied by an eerie soundtrack. The idea, as Wagstaff told InDaily, is to surrender to the experience and be prepared to let it get under your skin. Just don’t count the doors …
Maho Magic Bar
Part show, part pop-up bar, Maho will serve up a colourful bag of tricks inspired by the small bars found in Japan’s nightlife hotspots. The space itself is being created from two shipping containers in the Garden of Unearthly Delights and will seat around 30 people who will be entertained by a roster of top magicians from Tokyo and Osaka while sipping Japanese cocktails, sake and spirits. “We wanted to bring a little bit of Japan’s crazy, cool wonder to Australia and give audiences an experience unlike they have ever experienced before,” says Maho co-director Kirsten Siddle.
There is plenty more to see and do at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. It’s open everyday – including Mondays for the Garden Gala! – and has plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry between shows. Check out our Instagram (@indaily) for the absolute latest updates from Adelaide’s favourite Fringe venue.
Excerpted from What to see in the first week of the Fringe frenzy.
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