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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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March 09, 2016

Marriage viewed uncomfortably and kaleidoscopic cautionary tale

Adelaide Festival

The Country
by Martin Crimp
Stone/Castro in association with Insite Arts International,
State Opera of SA and Adelaide Festival.
State Opera Studio, 216 Marion Rd, Netley
March 7. Tickets: $ 25 – $ 36
Bookings : adelaidefestival.com.au
BASS 131246. Until March 13. Duration 90 minutes, no interval.

Golem
1927, co-production with Salzburg Festival,
Theatre de la Ville Paris and Young Vic.
Dunstan Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 8. Tickets: $30 – $59
Bookings : adelaidefestival.com.au
BASS 131246. Until …

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February 17, 2016

Excellent new theatre works worth seeking out in carnival of culture

Adelaide Fringe

Echoes
by Henry Naylor
The Arch, Holden Street Theatre Company
In association with Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh
February 10. Until March 13.

The Last Time I Saw Richard
by Cat Commander
five.point.one
The Bakehouse.
February 16. Until Feb 23.

Red Ink
by Duncan Graham
Tuxedo Cat, Perske Pavillion
February 16. Until Feb 23.

It is not yet “mad March” in Adelaide and already the Fringe, the gargantuan, carnivalesque doppelganger to the Festival has roared into action. For artists and …

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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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May 31, 2015

Puppeteers delight youngsters with the whole world in their hands

Adelaide
Come Out Children’s Festival
May 22 – 30.

Argus
Dead Puppet Society
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 23.

A Kid Like Me
Presented by True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
The Parks Theatre, Angle Park
May 20.

History of Autism
by Julian Jaensch
Company@ Autistic Theatre
The Opera Studio, Netley
May 30.

The biennial Come Out Children’s Festival has been an Adelaide fixture since 1974 and it gathers in tens of thousands of children, from littlies to high school …

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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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