March 12, 2017

Delving into fantasy of childhood solitude

Adelaide Festival

The Magic City
Adapted from the novel by Edith Nesbit
Devised by Manual Cinema
Her Majesty’s Theatre
March 11. Tickets $25- $49
Until March 13.

This is an especially creative time for multi-media theatre. The exuberant mix of live feed video, animation, puppetry, back-projection and magnified miniatures has produced an intriguing variety of works which have tackled complex subjects once thought of as the domain only of conventional drama.

In recent Adelaide Festivals we have …

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March 04, 2017

Rap by Richard, punk iconoclast

Adelaide Festival

Richard III
by William Shakespeare
Translation by Marius von Mayenburg
Schaubuhne Berlin
Her Majesty’s Theatre.
March 3. Until March 9
Tickets: $30- $99.
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins (no interval)

“I am determined to be a villain” proclaims Richard III, “And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” In Thomas Ostermeier’s latest, tantalising project with the Schaubune Berlin theatre, Richard is in the summer of his discontent. In Lars Eidinger’s charismatic incarnation of the man who …

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March 02, 2017

Echoes of history in the quarry

Adelaide Festival
Echoes of history in the quarry

The Secret River
by Kate Grenville
Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
A Sydney Theatre Company Production
Presented by Adelaide Festival
and State Theatre Company South Australia
Anstey Hill Quarry, Adelaide
March 2. Until March 19.

The revival, for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell from the novel by Kate Grenville, has proved to be its transformation. Director …

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March 09, 2016

Marriage viewed uncomfortably and kaleidoscopic cautionary tale

Adelaide Festival

The Country
by Martin Crimp
Stone/Castro in association with Insite Arts International,
State Opera of SA and Adelaide Festival.
State Opera Studio, 216 Marion Rd, Netley
March 7. Tickets: $ 25 – $ 36
Bookings :
BASS 131246. Until March 13. Duration 90 minutes, no interval.

1927, co-production with Salzburg Festival,
Theatre de la Ville Paris and Young Vic.
Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 8. Tickets: $30 – $59
Bookings :
BASS 131246. Until …

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March 03, 2016

All Delighted Audience

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Festival,Music

Sufjan Stevens
Thebarton Theatre
Adelaide Festival
February 29, 2016

Murray Bramwell

Last time we saw Sufjan Stevens it was his 2011 Age of Adz tour. Inspired by the paintings of the schizophrenic visionary Royal Robertson, the concert featured massive back projections of Robertson’s ecstatic, vibrantly coloured imaginings while Stevens and a ten piece band produced a symphonic event, festooned with samples, loops and intrepid orchestrations.

For his 2016 tour Sufjan Stevens is in lyric mode. With just four band members …

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February 28, 2016

King James Versions

Adelaide Festival

The James Plays
by Rona Munro
National Theatre of Scotland,
National Theatre of Great Britain,
Edinburgh International Festival.
February 27. Duration 7 hours 40 minutes including intervals.

“We cannot know the character and thoughts of these dead kings and queens and long-gone Scots,” Rona Munro remarks of the succession of royals and underlings who populate her dazzling epic trilogy, The James Plays, “(But) we can speculate a whole series of possibilities from the few hard facts we …

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May 31, 2015

Puppeteers delight youngsters with the whole world in their hands

Come Out Children’s Festival
May 22 – 30.

Dead Puppet Society
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 23.

A Kid Like Me
Presented by True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
The Parks Theatre, Angle Park
May 20.

History of Autism
by Julian Jaensch
Company@ Autistic Theatre
The Opera Studio, Netley
May 30.

The biennial Come Out Children’s Festival has been an Adelaide fixture since 1974 and it gathers in tens of thousands of children, from littlies to high school …

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March 16, 2015

Adelaide Festival 2015

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Festival

Daily Review
March 16
Adelaide Festival 2015

Adelaide Festival(s)

Murray Bramwell

It is only 16 days into the month and already Adelaide’s “Mad March” is over. Admittedly, the Fringe began on February 13, but the intensity and simultaneity of the various major events – Fringe, Clipsal 500, Adelaide Cup and, of course, the original March event, the Adelaide Festival – in just a fortnight, is both exhilarating and, perhaps, problematic.

Just as it has in Edinburgh, home to the first …

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March 12, 2015

Marriages made in burlesque

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Festival

Adelaide Festival

Beauty and the Beast
One of Us/Improbable
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 10. Tickets: $ 30 – $ 59
Bookings:, BASS 131 246.
Duration : 1 hr 15 mins. R 18+.
Until March 15.

The Cardinals
Devised by Alia Alzougbi, Gerard Bell, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens
Stan’s Cafe.
Flinders Street Baptist Church, 65 Flinders Street
March 11. Tickets: $ 30 – $ 49
Bookings:, BASS 131 246.
Duration : 1 hr 40 mins.
Until …

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March 09, 2015

Adelaide Festival 2015

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Festival,Music

Daily Review
Murray Bramwell

Roses and Bryars

Gavin Bryars Ensemble
March 3. Elder Hall

Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet
and selected orchestral works
March 5. Adelaide Town Hall

One of the highlights of this year’s Adelaide Festival has been composer-in- residence Gavin Bryars. Yorkshire-born, Bryars has been prominent in minimalist music since the late 1960s, with works such as The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet in 1972. Both were first released on …

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