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August 30, 2017

Daggers of the mind laid bare

Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
August 29. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2 hours. No interval.
Until September 16.

“It will have blood, they say : blood will have blood.” Macbeth’s words aptly describe the grim carnage that is not just his tragedy, but a kingdom ravaged by civil war. And it is this theme which drives State Theatre Company director Geordie Brookman’s terrific new production of the ill-fated …

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July 27, 2017

Watching the detectives a sheer delight in low-fi staging

Emil and the Detectives
by Erich Kastner
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
Slingsby.
Level 5 Myer Centre, Adelaide
July 23. Tickets: $16.50 – $35.
Bookings : slingsby.net.au
Public performances July 29 and August 5.
Duration 60 minutes. For ages 7 and over.

For ten years, Slingsby, under the meticulous direction of its founder, Andy Packer, has been making captivating theatre for young audiences. Packer specialises, as he says, in “coming of age” or “getting of wisdom” stories and …

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July 06, 2017

Compelling update of theatrical staple

A Doll’s House
by Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation by Elena Carapetis
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
July 4. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 40mins including interval.
Until July 22.

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“What is really wanted,“ Henrik Ibsen wrote, “is a revolution of the spirit of man.” And, in his most celebrated play, it is a woman, the unlikely hero, Nora Helmer, who wakes from a slumber and proposes a new dawn.…

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June 24, 2017

The Sound of Falling Stars

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Murray Bramwell
Forever Young

The Sound of Falling Stars
Cameron Goodall
with George Butrumlis and Enio Pozzebon
Written and directed by Robyn Archer.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
June 21.
Four Stars

“Things they do look awful c-c-old” sang The Who, talking about their generation, “I hope I die before I get old.” But the bittersweet legend of an early death long preceded 1965. Take your pick – you might start with Goethe’s 1774 sturm und drang

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June 01, 2017

Poignant search for identity and place

Sista Girl
by Elena Carapetis and Alexis West
State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 30. Tickets: $20- $39. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 75 minutes.
Until June 3.
Perth season : August 9-19. Subiaco Arts Centre.

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“Words like reconciliation and recognition are just rhetoric,” writes Yirra Yaakin artistic director, Kyle J. Morrison, “without the human understanding of each other in the process. How can we grow together…without the honest conversation of …

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April 28, 2017

The Simpsons as splendid post-apocalyptic force for re-civilisation

Mr Burns – a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn,
Score by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn
State Theatre Company and Belvoir
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
April 26. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 15mins with 20 min interval.
Until May 13.
Sydney season : Belvoir Upstairs Theatre May 19- June 25.

“Post-electric” are the key words in the title of Anne Washburn’s intriguingly inventive dystopia, Mr Burns. Set, we are told, in the …

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April 05, 2017

Dramatic reflections on the pity of war

Long Tan
by Verity Laughton
Presented by Brink Productions
in association with State Theatre Company
and Adelaide Festival Centre.
April 4. Space Theatre.
Tickets : $20 – $49. Bookings : BASS 131 246
Until April 8. Duration: 2 hours (no interval)

It was fifty years ago last year, on August 18, 1966, that the battle of
Long Tan, one of the most ferocious in the Australian campaign in Vietnam, was fought in a rubber plantation five kilometres from the newly …

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March 12, 2017

Delving into fantasy of childhood solitude

Adelaide Festival
Theatre

The Magic City
Adapted from the novel by Edith Nesbit
Devised by Manual Cinema
Her Majesty’s Theatre
March 11. Tickets $25- $49
Bookings: adelaidefestival.com.au
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
Bookings: adelaidefestival.com
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
BRIEF
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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