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March 08, 2018

Daily Review – Adelaide Fringe 2018

Adelaide Fringe

Murray Bramwell

That Daring Australian Girl

Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone

Holden Street Theatres

March 6. Until March 18.

Muriel Matters, the Adelaide-born suffragette, her name itself a slogan, was a most remarkable woman. Her progress from Parkside High School and the Music Conservatorium of the University of Adelaide to the performance stages and, even more dramatically, the political arenas of London, is fascinating to follow. Writer and performer, Joanne Hartstone knows this only too well and …

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March 05, 2018

The Far Side of the Moon Theatre Review

Daily Review
Adelaide Festival

Murray Bramwell

Lunar Tunes

The Far Side of the Moon
Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Ex Machina.
Her Majesty’s, Adelaide.
March 3.

It was the Soviet Luna 3 mission in 1959 which first captured photos of the far side of the moon. They discovered mountains and dark regions which the Russians named the Sea of Moscow, the Sea of Desire and the Sea of Ingenuity.

For French Canadian theatre director, Robert Lepage, the far side …

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March 04, 2018

Ambitious staging brings out the dead in bright unbearable reality

Adelaide Festival

Memorial
by Alice Oswald
Brink Productions
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 2. Tickets $30 – $79.
Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
Until March 6.

Alice Oswald’s long poem, Memorial, published in 2011, is well-named. It is elegiac and unforgettable. She calls it an “excavation” and “a kind of oral cemetery.” It is a list of 215 names, taken from Homer’s Iliad, of soldiers who died in the Trojan War. With clinical …

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March 01, 2018

Compelling footy drama sinks the slipper into unexamined misogyny

Adelaide Festival 2018

In the Club
by Patricia Cornelius
State Theatre Company
Odeon Theatre, Norwood Parade, Adelaide.
February 27. Tickets: $34- $76. Bookings 131 246 or adelaidefestival.com.au.
Duration 90 minutes (no interval)
Until March 18.

Commenting on her play Love, written in 2003, the prolific and fearless playwright, Patricia Cornelius observed: “Love is a given. We all believe we will feel it one day. Most of the time it is represented in a rather crass and ludicrous package, but …

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February 18, 2018

Adelaide Fringe 2018

Theatre

Next Stop Romance as Edinburgh imports cut straight to the heart

Love Letters to the Public Transport System
by Molly Taylor
February 14.
Holden Street Theatres until March 1.

Borders
by Henry Naylor
Gilded Balloon and Redbeard Theatre
February 14.
Holden Street Theatres until March 18.

Fallot
Company 2
February 17.
Empire Theatre, Royal Croquet Club
Until February 25.

Bookings : adelaidefringe.com.au or phone 1300 621 255.
Duration: each show 60 minutes.

The Adelaide Fringe has switched on. With …

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November 22, 2017

A grim fairytale for grown-ups

Vale
by Nicki Bloom
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
November 21. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2 hours (including interval)
Until December 3.

“We’re weeds,” declares hotel tycoon Joseph Vale, “people rip us out roots and all /But back we come/tough as before.” Vale, Nicki Bloom’s new play for State Theatre Company, is a raucous, grimly funny portrait of star-crossed young lovers, their dysfunctional families, and the inevitable rise and fall of …

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October 27, 2017

Witty two-hander is a duel

Switzerland
by Joanna Murray-Smith
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
October 25. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes. No interval.
Until November 5.

“My imagination functions much better,” the American novelist Patricia Highsmith sardonically observed, “when I don’t have to speak to people.” She much preferred to be alone with words. Misanthropic, prejudiced, witheringly intolerant, Highsmith wrote fiction about crime which was much more than generic crime fiction.

Admired by Graham …

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October 17, 2017

Ambitious drama of a family in crisis offers a moving experience

Angelique
by Isthisyours ?
Presented by Insite Arts and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Her Majesty’s Theatre.
October 14.
Tickets: $25-$37. Bookings : 131 246 or online.
Duration: 1hour 50 minutes no interval.
Until October 21.

The five women who comprise Adelaide company isthisyours ? have been making their particular brand of impish, culturally savvy theatre for almost ten years. But for their latest venture, Angelique, they are not in a makeshift Fringe venue, they have the full proscenium arch of …

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October 08, 2017

OzAsia

Meeting Points : Scary Beauty
Keiichiro Shibuya, Australian Art Orchestra
and Skeleton
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
October 1.

The End : Vocaloid Opera
Keiichiro Shibuya and Hatsune Miku
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
October 3.

The program for OzAsia 2017, compiled by intrepid Artistic Director, Joseph Mitchell, will be remembered for a number of events : Singapore theatre company, Wild Rice’s assured and engaging play, Hotel, stylishly directed by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei; the captivating, absurdist realism …

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October 06, 2017

OzAsia – The Dark Inn

The Dark Inn
Written and directed by Kuro Tanino
Niwa Gekidan Penino
Her Majesty’s, Adelaide
October

The Hokuriko region in North Western Honshu in Japan is commonly known as Hell Valley. This refers to the extensive volcanic activity roiling below the earth’s surface and creating the numerous hot springs for which the region is famous. It is here, as in many parts of the country, that Japanese onsens, or health spas can be found, the restorative springs enclosed in bath …

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