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Commentary

Metrics rule in the cultural Hunger Games

Two press conferences held within hours of each other on the first day of the Adelaide Fringe have been widely commented on in the local media. However, beneath the sensationalist headlines lie two issues: how do we value arts and culture, and how do we make arts and cultural policy?

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Naomi

Patrick Livesey’s finely-tuned embodiment of a cast of real-life characters slowly builds a subtle, complex and deeply affecting narrative of their mum’s life and death. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: The Umbilical Brothers

The Umbilical Brothers are back with two green screens and a technological arsenal to perform a re-imagined encore of their madly entertaining “multiverse” show that took out Best Comedy at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe. ★★★★

CityMag CityMag

Racism and remorse with drag royalty Kween Kong

Last Fringe, an arts reviewer referred to Pasifika performer Thomas Fonua as ‘black pudding’, sparking debate about racism in arts media. After a year-long silence, the artist’s drag diva alter-ego, Kween Kong, offers a take on the saga in an Adelaide Fringe show.

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Nella

In Nella, writer and performer Julia Mayer weaves a vivid and heartfelt tribute to her nonna, retracing her steps from a young woman leaving Italy, to growing old in Adelaide. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Prepping for Theatre

Just as comfortable with operatic arias as he is with modern power ballads, Dr Lane switches confidently between song and spoken word, his love for the music evident in the emotion he brings to this performance. ★★★★

CityMag CityMag

Fringe at a distance

We hoped the days of distanced Fringing might’ve been behind us. Alas, Omicron had other plans. If you’re looking to get the most out of the Fringe from a safe remove, these are the shows to check out.

Playwright Henry Naylor is returning to the stage to perform in his Adelaide Fringe show 'Afghanistan is Not Funny'.
Theatre

Taliban's resurgence leads playwright back to life-changing trip

THE BUSINESS OF ART | As he was standing in a field in Afghanistan, watching men with machine guns joyride on military tanks, former comedian Henry Naylor turned into a playwright. Now he is telling the story of the trip that changed his life in a world premiere season at Adelaide Fringe.

Festivals

Full steam ahead for Mad March 2022 - for now

Planning for this year’s Mad March events remains on track despite the constantly evolving COVID situation, with both the Adelaide Festival and Fringe reporting strong ticket sales, ­and the 2022 Fringe official guide hitting the streets today.

Adelaide Fringe

Nathan May’s new musical milestones

THE BUSINESS OF ART | From performing as a drummer at age four to preparing to release his first album as a singer-songwriter next year, Nathan May’s musical career has had many variations, but a few key constants have kept it moving forward.

Theatre Theatre

Going beyond with Gravity & Other Myths

THE BUSINESS OF ART | Forced by the pandemic to pause its normally exhaustive international touring schedule, circus company Gravity & Other Myths has been crossing creative borders instead – expanding into new mediums during a period of fertile lateral growth.

Dance

Lewis Major’s entrepreneurial creativity

THE BUSINESS OF ART | For choreographer Lewis Major, bringing his contemporary dance company home to South Australia after many lauded years working in Europe is as much an exercise in entrepreneurialism as it is in creativity.

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