Matt Tarrant is straight up with the crowd gathered in The Octagon tent on a warm Sunday evening; he’s loved magic ever since he was a kid wanting to be pulled up on stage by the first magician he’d ever seen perform. His Adelaide Fringe Festival show Honestly Dishonest is about perhaps giving that feeling to any kid in attendance tonight – they too could be magicians when they grew up. It’s also about him sharing with the audience some of his favourite tricks, injected with a solid amount of humour and delivery that strays from what you may expect from a show of this kind.... Read More | Share it now!
On the pamphlets and bits of advertising we’d seen, this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival return of Hot Brown Honey promised to be bigger. It promised to be bolder. It promised to be browner. And as we danced our way out of The Menagerie last night, it was pretty safe to say that the production delivered well on all fronts.... Read More | Share it now!
Scotch & Soda easily became one of my Adelaide Fringe highlights, a declaration I made within minutes of leaving The Panama Club and emerging out into the bright lights of this year’s Royal Croquet Club set up. A sold out show indicated that the Adelaide crowds were either returning to Scotch & Soda following a wildly successful season in 2015, or were coming to the show for the first time (as I was) with high expectations. Either way, all expectations were smashed.... Read More | Share it now!
Oh, Sammy J & Randy. For many Adelaide Fringe Festival goers, it just simply isn’t a year in the Garden of Unearthly Delights without these two bringing an hour or so of their absurdly wicked comedy through to one of the tents erected throughout Rymill Park. Their latest show, Sammy J & Randyland, sees the duo dealing with the pressures of their longtime partnership, the tensions of which are fuelled by the fact they’ve decided to embark on a new business venture – taking a ridiculous loan out and purchasing a theme park in order to fulfill one of Sammy’s lifelong dreams.... Read More | Share it now!
Melbourne comedian and Adelaide Fringe Festival favourite, Nath Valvo, returned to the Garden of Unearthly Delights this Fringe season with his show, Tongue in Cheek. Taking on everything from dysfunctional family tales through to gym junkies and Tinder, Valvo is in the Garden until the end of the month with a killer new hour of comedy. Check out John’s shots from Nath’s show in the Campanile on Thursday night and buy your tickets to Tongue in Cheek here!... Read More | Share it now!
Following on from the ideas projected through the 2015 production Nufonia Must Fall, 1927 returns to the Adelaide Festival of Arts this year with a continued exploration of the relationship between man and machine with Golem. Where Nufonia detailed a love story, Golem takes the audience into darker, nightmarish territory in highlighting the dangerous dependency humans share with the machine and technology’s arresting control on the modern world.... Read More | Share it now!
The Last Time I Saw Richard sees two people navigate the complexities and ideas surrounding the idea of a ‘non-relationship’ in a series of hotel rooms over an extended period of time. Will this chemistry April and Richard share extend outside the confines of the temporary accommodation they keep finding themselves in? Are the insecurities and sarcastic walls both characters exhibit enough to keep them both enticed, or is this simply fated to be just sex? It’s this exploration of fidelity, the definitions of love and sex that Cat Commander weaves through a clever and well-presented script that is delivered evocatively by five.point.one.... Read More | Share it now!
Walking into The Peacock tent on the opening night of the Adelaide Fringe Festival season felt like a much needed escape from the chaos that was the rest of Gluttony and the Rundle St/East Tce intersection. I made a point of not looking up much information about LUMINOUS prior to the show tonight, though I knew it had attracted much praise and interest in previous years so in all, I was keen to be surprised and impressed.... Read More | Share it now!
Even though Adelaide’s reputation as The Festival State may have taken a hit in recent years with the loss of two major touring festivals, the city still remains a hub of activity through February and March when the Adelaide Fringe Festival takes over seemingly every nook and cranny of the CBD. Second only to Edinburgh in size, the Adelaide Festival remains the largest of its kind in the Southern hemisphere and always, always brings in people from all over the world, ready to have their expectations met, blown away and expanded upon.... Read More | Share it now!