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September 25, 2018

Struggle for truth in a police state

Welcome the Bright World
by Stephen Sewell.
House of Sand in association with
State Theatre Company South Australia.
Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide.
September 21. Tickets: $22- $42. Bookings 131 246 or online
Duration 2 hours 25 minutes (including interval)
Until October 6.

Welcome the Bright World and welcome back Stephen Sewell. His turbulent, engrossing, digressive, disputative drama has been greatly missed. It is 36 years since Nimrod first staged their Welcome, and, while others of Sewell’s works, with their glorious …

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September 10, 2018

Punchy monologues are spot on

Solo :
Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine.
Sea Wall by Simon Stephens.
Flying Penguin Productions.
Goodwood Institute Theatre, 166 Goodwood Road, Adelaide.
September 6. Tickets: $22- $32. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)
Until September 16.

Chloe Jackson is an Olympic hopeful. It is 2012 and, for the first time, women’s boxing is an official event for the London Games. Bitch Boxer, Charlotte Josephine’s monologue for UK company Snuff Box Theatre, is a …

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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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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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September 25, 2017

Unsettling monologue reflects siege mentality

Rabbits
by Emily Steel
Steel and Brown in association with State Theatre Company and Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE program
Plant 1, Bowden
September 22.
Tickets: $22- $37. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 80 minutes. No interval.
Until October 14.

“D’you want some tea ? Come and have some tea. Make yourself at home.“ With this greeting, we are invited down the rabbit hole into Emily Steel’s incrementally disconcerting monologue about writing a play. As we sip cups of tea …

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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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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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November 09, 2016

Extra garnish taints pure flavours of this truffle

Tartuffe
by Moliere
Adapted by Phillip Kavanagh
State Theatre Company and Brink Productions
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
November 8. Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until November 20.
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.

Moliere said that the greatest blow to vice was to expose it to laughter. In 1666 he wrote –“We can stand being reprehended, but not being mocked. We are willing to be wicked, but not ridiculous.” And so, in …

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October 16, 2016

A fable for our times

Rumpelstiltskin
by Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien
Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
October 14. Tickets: $ 28 – $64.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until October 30.
Duration: 2 Hours including interval.

Rumpelstiltskin has just had an extreme makeover. In Windmill Theatre Co-’s sensational new production, the goblin with a gift for spinning straw into gold is now the shape-shifting mastermind of the high-end couture fashion house, Rumpelstiltskin. He …

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October 12, 2016

Captivating stories from ordinary folk at the edge

Life is Short and Long
by Emma Beech
Presented by Vitalstatistix and Country Arts SA
Waterside, Port Adelaide
October 12. Tickets : $20 – $30. Bookings: trybooking.com
Until October 21. Duration 90 minutes, no interval.
October 28-29 Wirrabara Town Hall.

Emma Beech is very interested in what happens to us when things don’t work out as expected – often, when they go bung. Her shrewdly incisive 2013 solo show, Homage to Uncertainty, looked sardonically (and kindly) at the way …

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