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Tales in a Teacup

Tales in a Teacup

9.3

Production

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Content

10.0/10

Tales in a Teacup embodies the true essence of the Adelaide Fringe, showcasing the passionate individuals of our city and exposing us to the unique and enjoyable experiences we may not yet know about.

Nestled in the aesthetically pleasing tearoom of Curiositeas, Shannaka Houghton leads their audience through a delightful selection of teas and folktales that will linger with you long after their final words.

In a relaxed and simple set up, each serving of tea is accompanied by a story, all more fascinating than the last. Transporting your taste-buds with each tale from the shores of Ireland to the plains of ancient Egypt, through Welsh meadows and the lands of Copenhagen, each one is a pleasure to the senses.

Shannaka is a confident and skilled storyteller, and their ability to pronounce all the unique names, especially those in Welsh, is also rather impressive.

The only detraction from the experience is the unavoidable noise of Rundle Street emanating from outside. Some ambient folk music and a small microphone would certainly add to the show, drowning out the DJs outside and ensuring the entire room can always hear Shannaka.

Though it is a small space, the quaint Curiositeas Tea Room comfortably fits a full audience scattered across the many tables and chairs. While for some seats it can be a tad awkward to position yourself to see Shannaka while they speak, the set up is geared towards enjoying the tea while the tales wash over you.

This is certainly a show dedicated to lovers of tea who want to experience something a bit different with Curiosities unique house blends. Fans of folktales and mythology are also sure to enjoy the show, with Shannaka captivating the audience with tales of merfolk, goddesses, spirits, and magicians from around the world.

All three original sessions of Tales in a Teacup are sold out, however Curiositeas have announced that there are plans for extra shows for those who have missed out.

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