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
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


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,
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

Alan Seymour:
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


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


by Phillip Kavanagh
State Theatre Company
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 27. Tickets : $18 – $36.
Bookings: BASS 131 246,
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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March 06, 2014

Adelaide Festival 2014

The Daily Review

Adelaide Festival : Theatre, Local and Large

Murray Bramwell

The Adelaide Festival has been open for a week and already the theatre program has been terrific. First up was the State Theatre Company’s fine production, directed by Geordie Brookman, of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Hilary Bell’s brisk, unfussy adaptation set the tone for a lively, accessible version of this masterwork. Staged in the company’s scenic workshop, lit and designed by the always inventive Geoff Cobham, Brookman …

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March 01, 2014

A familiar blend of comedy and fantasy

Adelaide Festival

Girl Asleep
By Matthew Whittet
Windmill Theatre.
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Duration 1 hours 20 minutes
February 28. Tickets $ 29 – $ 39
Bookings : BASS 131 246 or
Until March 15.

It is Greta Driscoll’s fifteenth birthday and everybody is having a great time except her. She’s in her bedroom, miserable, quarrelling with only best friend Elliot, and besieged by family and mean girls from school. Then Greta retreats into somnolence and Girl

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February 19, 2014

Festival Trifecta

Murray Bramwell talks with Rosemary Myers about Windmill Theatre’s program of new work and revivals in the Adelaide Festival.

If you look under “Our Claims to Fame’ on Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre’s website there is a list of awards and nominations the company has received over the past five years – and it is astonishing. Last year alone, for their hit show School Dance, there were six Helpmann nominations (including two winners –Best Presentation for Children and Best Supporting Actor …

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