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November 10, 2015

Giggles and japes in a Dream of a show

The Popular Mechanicals
by Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor.
From the original direction by Geoffrey Rush.
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
November 10. Tickets: $ 27 – $ 69.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until November 28.
Duration: 90 minutes.

Puck called them “hempen homespuns”, Shakespeare called them Rude Mechanicals : these are the six artisans who perform a daffy royal command performance for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta in …

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October 20, 2015

Confronting examination of death and drugs

Mortido
by Angela Betzien
State Theatre Company of South Australia
and Belvoir, Sydney.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
October 20. Tickets: $ 27 – $ 69.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until October 31 .
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes.
The Belvoir season opens in Sydney November 11.

“Freud reckoned love and hate, sex and death are twin impulses”, explains the philosophic Detective Grubbe, in Angela Betzien’s brand-new crime psychodrama. “Existence is an endless circle of life and death, …

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October 14, 2015

A Lighter White

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow,
Based on a short story by Patrick White.
Brink Productions with the Zephyr Quartet
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
October 13. Tickets: $ 25 – $ 48.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until October 24.
Duration: 80 minutes

Patrick White called his short story Down at the Dump but in their visually captivating , splendidly lucid stage adaptation, Brink Productions have re-named it The Aspirations of Daise Morrow. Aspirations, we know, are things we …

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April 30, 2015

60th year of Seventeenth Doll

The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
by Ray Lawlor
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
April 28. Tickets: $ 27 – $ 69.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until May 16.
Duration: 2 hours 40 mins including interval.

It is now sixty years since The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll was first performed. It is extraordinary to think, that in 1955, it was closer in time to the opening night of Chekhov’s Seagull than …

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April 24, 2015

Burlesque centrestage in the moving tale of Joseph and Josephine

Adelaide

Madame : The Story of Joseph Farrugia
Creators/directors Ross Ganf, Ingrid Weisfelt and Vincent Crowley
Vitalstatistix, with State Theatre Company and Torque Show.
Burnside Ballroom, Portrush Road, Adelaide.
April 22. Tickets $ 25 – $ 35.
Bookings: BASS 131 246, bass.net.au
Until May 2.
Duration : 70 minutes.

When Torque Show director, Ross Ganf, first interviewed Joseph Farrugia, owner-manager of Adelaide’s Crazy Horse burlesque club, he wanted to make a show about the strip industry. “I was fascinated by …

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April 11, 2015

Suburban hope cruelled by fate

The Good Son
by Elena Carapetis
The Other Ones
The Bakehouse Theatre, Angas St. Adelaide
April 10. Tickets: $ 20- $30. Until April 25.
Duration 70 minutes.

“He curses his virtue like an unclean thing.” Playwright Elena Carapetis has taken her epigraph and title from Nick Cave’s The Good Son. This fine new work is an inner suburban tragedy of addiction, dependency and quiet desperation.

Frank (Renato Musolino), a dutiful son in his thirties, lives with his Greek mother …

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March 26, 2015

Writer Captured Nation’s Rift

Obituary
Alan Seymour:
Playwright.
Born Perth, June 6, 1927
Died Sydney, March 23, 2105.

Australian playwright Alan Seymour has died in Sydney aged 88. It is inevitable that tributes to him will circle around The One Day of the Year, the play written in 1959, which was at first notorious and then became a national classic. It made his name but, perhaps to his regret, overshadowed his other dramatic and literary achievements.

The “one day of the year” in …

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October 27, 2014

Match-fit Stones reach us in blistering form

The Rolling Stones
(with special guest Jimmy Barnes)
14 On Fire Tour
Adelaide Oval
October 25.
Duration: 130 minutes.
iEG Entertainment, Frontier Touring and AEG Live.
Bookings Ticketek .

The Rolling Stones have arrived – like a crossfire hurricane. Their tour is called 14 on Fire and, for once, the description matches the product. With their March dates cancelled because of the tragic death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott, the band only returned to performing in Europe in late …

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October 12, 2014

Love in a Changing Climate

Adelaide
Theatre

Love in a Changing Climate

Between Two Waves
by Ian Meadows
State Theatre Company Umbrella Program.
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Duration: 110 minutes.
October 11. Tickets: $ 20 – $ 30.
Bookings: BASS 131 246 or Bakehouse box office.
Until October 25.

“You get to the gate and realize you are back where you started, or something.” In a scrunched-up precis of the last lines of T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”, Daniel, the central character of …

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May 28, 2014

Ambitions of a teenage drama queen

Adelaide
Theatre

Jesikah
by Phillip Kavanagh
State Theatre Company
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 27. Tickets : $18 – $36.
Bookings: BASS 131 246, bass.net.au
Duration : 75 minutes
Until May 31.

When he said “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”, Andy Warhol didn’t even know about the internet. Now, anyone with a phone can communicate with multitudes they’ve never met – and call them followers and friends.

For this year’s featured production in …

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