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Fringe previews

Theatre Theatre

Sasha Zahra comes full circle at Windmill

THE BUSINESS OF ART | The lessons of a lifetime spent working in arts institutions – from the Adelaide Fringe to Restless Dance Theatre – are helping Windmill Theatre Company associate director Sasha Zahra steer home the remount season of Amphibian this week, amid gut-wrenchingly relevant international tragedy.

The Australian Alice Cooper Show was presented at Marion Cultural Centre during the 2020 Adelaide Fringe. Photo: Brayden Curtis, Midnight Photography
Adelaide Fringe

Putting Marion Cultural Centre on the map

THE BUSINESS OF ART: Recently heritage listed and a darling of its community, the architecturally iconic Marion Cultural Centre has made an unexpected leap – building a far-reaching reputation as an arts venue on the back of three busy Fringe seasons.

Theatre

Finding a hard-won home on stage

THE BUSINESS OF ART | Adelaide artist Gill Hicks’ live show Still Alive (and Kicking) will this month be streamed for audiences on the other side of the globe, but her journey to the stage has been long and winding. From a creative childhood, via the trauma of the London bombings, Hicks is reconciling her activist and artistic drives with help from a debut Adelaide Fringe season.

News

Pandemic Fringe pays off

Adelaide Fringe 2021 delivered $56.39 million in gross economic impact to the South Australian economy during this year’s festival, according to figures released today.

InReview

Green Room: Festival figures, arts priorities, carrying regret

SA arts and culture news in brief: Adelaide Festival’s 2021 economic impact, the return of a gravity-defying performance at Her Maj, unique contemporary artworks up for auction, local arts sector lists its ‘big-picture’ priorities, the Ern Malley affair brought to life, and Ida Sophia carries the weight of regret.

Fringe previews

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Celebrating Australia

Ask a group of people to define what it means to be Australian and you’ll undoubtedly receive a wide range of responses. In Celebrating Australia, the CircoBats performers throw their energies into expressing identity through the joy of human movement. ★★★½

Adelaide Fringe

Final-week Fringe picks

With just five days of Fringe to go, here are some of the four and five-star shows our reviewers recommend ­– plus an extra special performance you won’t want to miss.

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Nathan Cavaleri

In-between stomping riffs and blistering blues licks, Nathan Cavaleri opened up with his Adelaide Fringe audience about childhood stardom and defeating the demons of a very dark period of his life to return to the stage. ★★★½

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Phil Stack

Audiences will most likely know Phil Stack as the bassist for Australian pop rock band Thirsty Merc, but he has stepped out from that success to command a stage of his own. ★★★ ½

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: Bred

Be open to being challenged, be open to having the conversation. Bred creates a safe space between audience and performers where ideas and emotions are unpacked and connections are made. ★★★ ½

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: DIЯT

A young Australian man visiting Moscow hooks up with a Russian tourist guide but it emerges that each has his own secrets and agenda, as playwright Angus Cameron’s wryly engaging thriller takes us through a labyrinth of misrepresentation. ★★★★  ½

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: That Boy

After infant Tom pushed a little girl because he didn’t want to be hugged, “he became That Boy”, his mother recalls, “and I became That Mother.” Martha Lott powerfully describes the lonely challenges of parenting a turbulent child when everyone else has given up. ★★★★

Adelaide Fringe

Fringe review: The Twins

Two friends are cast in a school production of The Comedy of Errors. One is Greg Fleet, the other Ian Darling. One took the high road, the other the low. Forty years later they ponder where life has taken them ­– and which road was which. ★★★★