Reviews

Here are the latest reviews of plays, music, festivals, art, museums – you name it. But mainly, it is our reviews of the Adelaide Fringe. Enjoy.

Kate Burr – Mum by name, not by number

We’ve all been there. Dropping the little horrors off at school and you’re the last one there. Kate’s a bubbly but stressed mum and takes us through what it takes to remain sane in the post-childbirth modern age. From kindy spelling bees, an endless supply of “Why?”...

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Naked Girls Reading

In media culture, naked girls sit at the apex of what attracts human attention. So, what better than to use naked girls on stage to lure audiences into a tent to expose people to reading? Burlesque bookworm, Luna, has a rotating cast of naked friends join her on stage...

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Red Bastard: Lie With Me

It's little wonder Eric Davis aka The Red Bastard has won awards such as Most Outrageous Show because his performances not only break the fourth wall, they cross the line between polite conversation and private confession. In this 70-minute show we journey with The...

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Trollbridge

In many ways, Trollbridge is what the Adelaide Fringe should be about. Some artists gather around a concept and try it out, and audiences are expected to be open to being part of the process in which new shows are given a chance to develop. However, because the Fringe...

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Jelly or Jam

The Boogies with Gravity & Other Myths is a production company that understands the theatre of theatre. Firstly, the ritual of the audience gathering as a group to wait for admission into the Empire Theatre tent, is enhanced by having everybody remove their shoes...

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Belly Of A Drunken Piano

What's he building in there? What the hell is he building in there? With these opening lines of one of Tom Waits' poems, Stewart D'Arrietta pounds more than nails into a hardwood floor at the German Club, he pounds on his heart, he pounds on his piano, and he pounds...

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Pat McCaffrie: Pat Riot

Managing to slip under the Border Watch radar, Pat returned to a less criminally influenced Producers this year to continue his political humour. Bringing us up to speed with some local news and then amusingly outing half the (disappointingly small) crowd including...

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How to Drink Wine like a Wanker

The concept was novel, wine tasting matched with the narrative of a change in life’s direction. For an extra $10 you could experience the wines the show was crafted around and I would recommend this option. Every week on The Adelaide Show podcast we review wine, and...

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Good Wills Huntley

This was exactly the sort of show I had been waiting for. Nicholas Huntley and Carla Wills totally nailed it with a mix of dry wit, cutting observation and the meaning of life. Hint, it’s to do with stardust. Nick started the evening with observations of some...

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Burlesque by force

All the ramifications of sexual assault by a close friend are laid bare in Brodie John’s searing one-person show set in a theatre dressing room after a drag-show performance. A talented young actor who never skips a beat, Brodie exposes his scars, self-doubt and...

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Port Adelaide Ghost Crime Tour

Everyone loves a good ghost story. The early days of Port Adelaide, also known as Port Misery has led to many. And many of those came about through violence and crime. This walking tour of the port, which goes for over two hours takes you amongst and under historic...

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