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March 16, 2018

Adelaide Festival – Daily Review

Adelaide Festival
Daily Review

Palestinian Voices

Azza
Written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
ShiberHur Theatre Company.
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
March 14. 60 minutes, no interval.
Until March 18.

The Azza is the Palestinian mourning ceremony but, in the ShiberHur Theatre Company’s excellent production, it is very far from doleful. Invigorated by Amir Nizar Zuabi’s warm, well-judged text, Azza is, as funeral organisers like to say, a celebration of life.

Azza is a gathering of men. It consists …

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March 12, 2018

Shakespeare’s war room in theatrical overdrive

Adelaide Festival

Kings of War
by William Shakespeare
Adaptation by Bart Van den Eyde , Peter Van Kraaij.
Translated by Rob Klinkenberg.
Directed by Ivo van Hove.
Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Festival Theatre, Adelaide
March 10. Tickets $30 -$129.
Bookings : 131 246 or online.
Duration : 4 hours 30 mins (30 min interval)
English surtitles.
Until March 13.

It is four years since Toneelgroep Amsterdam amazed Adelaide Festival audiences with their dazzling Shakespearean triptych Roman Tragedies, a six hour spectacle …

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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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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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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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October 03, 2017

OzAsia – Accommodating force of history

OzAsia

Accommodating force of history

Hotel (Parts I and II)
by Alfian Sa’at & Marcia Vanderstraaten
Wild Rice
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
September 28-29. Duration: Part I – Two hours 40 minutes,
Part II – One hour 40 minutes.

It is not every day you get a chance to spend two nights in a grand hotel, and this centrepiece theatre listing in the 2017 OzAsia program lives up to its five star ratings. From Singapore’s inventive Wild Rice company, …

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September 18, 2017

OzAsia opens up new territory

Murray Bramwell talks with OzAsia Artistic Director, Joseph Mitchell, about some highlights of this year’s program.

The OzAsia festival which opens this Thursday is now in its eleventh year. Initiated in 2006 by Adelaide Festival Centre CEO, Douglas Gautier, it has progressively consolidated its reputation as an adventurous and diverse event. It draws from all parts of the Asian and South East Asian sector – from China and Japan to Hong Kong and Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea to The …

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March 12, 2017

Delving into fantasy of childhood solitude

Adelaide Festival
Theatre

The Magic City
Adapted from the novel by Edith Nesbit
Devised by Manual Cinema
Her Majesty’s Theatre
March 11. Tickets $25- $49
Bookings: adelaidefestival.com.au
Until March 13.

This is an especially creative time for multi-media theatre. The exuberant mix of live feed video, animation, puppetry, back-projection and magnified miniatures has produced an intriguing variety of works which have tackled complex subjects once thought of as the domain only of conventional drama.

In recent Adelaide Festivals we have …

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March 04, 2017

Rap by Richard, punk iconoclast

Adelaide Festival

Richard III
by William Shakespeare
Translation by Marius von Mayenburg
Schaubuhne Berlin
Her Majesty’s Theatre.
March 3. Until March 9
Bookings: adelaidefestival.com
Tickets: $30- $99.
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins (no interval)

“I am determined to be a villain” proclaims Richard III, “And hate the idle pleasures of these days.” In Thomas Ostermeier’s latest, tantalising project with the Schaubune Berlin theatre, Richard is in the summer of his discontent. In Lars Eidinger’s charismatic incarnation of the man who …

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