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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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September 24, 2016

Stepping out with volunteers and Hindi Bard

Adelaide
OzAsia Festival
Until October 2.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au

Stepping out with volunteers and Hindi Bard

The Record
600 Highwaymen
Space Theatre, September 21.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
Translated by Amitosh Nagpal
The Company Theatre Mumbai
Ukiyo Tent, Elder Park
September 23.

Opening the 2016 OzAsia performance program, The Record is an intriguing production. Listed as theatre, it has no text, very little context and an only gradually emerging subtext. Calling themselves 600 Highwaymen, creative team …

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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 28, 2016

King James Versions

Adelaide Festival

The James Plays
by Rona Munro
National Theatre of Scotland,
National Theatre of Great Britain,
Edinburgh International Festival.
February 27. Duration 7 hours 40 minutes including intervals.

“We cannot know the character and thoughts of these dead kings and queens and long-gone Scots,” Rona Munro remarks of the succession of royals and underlings who populate her dazzling epic trilogy, The James Plays, “(But) we can speculate a whole series of possibilities from the few hard facts we …

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February 18, 2016

Penny Arcade – Older, Wiser, Longer – and as thoughtful as ever

Penny Arcade
(Ukiyo, The Royal Croquet Club, 9.30 until March 14. Four and a Half Stars)

Penny Arcade, aka Susana Ventura, has an impeccable New York CV. She performed in Warhol/Morrisey films, she hung out as a teenager at Max’s Kansas City. She was there at Stonewall and in the terrible AIDS epidemic in the 80s and 90s. Last time she visited Adelaide as part of the 1994 Adelaide Festival, she performed wearing only an American flag. She also brought …

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October 04, 2014

Brook captivates with tale of betrayal and revenge

Adelaide
Theatre
Brook Captivates with Tale of Betrayal and Revenge

The Suit
Direction, Adaptation and Musical Direction
by Peter Brook, Marie-Helene Estienne, Franck Krawczyk
Based on The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse and Barney Simon
Production by CICT/ Theatre des Bouffes du Nord
State Theatre Company SA
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Duration 70 minutes.
October 3. Tickets $ 26 – $ 67
Bookings : BASS 131 246 or bass.net.au
Until October 12.

“I can take an empty space …

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September 01, 2014

Programming the Asian Century

OzAsia Festival, Adelaide, 2014.

Murray Bramwell

Now in its eighth year, OzAsia opens its 2014 program this week and it is an engaging mix of spectacle and hybrid innovation. Initiated by Douglas Gauthier in 2006 when he became Adelaide Festival Centre CEO (after a stint directing the Hong Kong Arts Festival) OzAsia has steadily gained ground.

For seven years, in the capable hands of highly-regarded director, Jacinta Thompson, OzAsia has presented programs incorporating nearly all countries in the Asia Pacific, …

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March 18, 2014

Roman Tragedies to Faunacation

Daily Review
Adelaide Festival

Roman Tragedies to Faunacation

Three days into the new week and, in Adelaide, it feels like the circus has left town. After four hyperactive weeks, the Fringe, manifest in every nook, cranny, park and temporary performing space, has dismantled, Writers Week has had its seven days, Womadelaide is long gone from Botanic Park, the ubiquitous orange Clipsal 500 road barriers and many tonnes of scaffolding have gradually defenestrated and, last weekend David Sefton’s excellent Adelaide Festival …

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March 15, 2014

Film star’s guide to creaturely sex

Adelaide Festival
Theatre

Film star’s guide to creaturely sex

Green Porno
Isabella Rossellini
Text by Isabella Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carriere
Translated by Julia Groopman
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote Street.
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes
March 12.
Touring other Australian cities in March.

“I am a method actress,” declares Isabella Rossellini, star of catwalk and screen, “and I like to slide into the skin of animals.” Green Porno, a closing attraction in the final weekend of the Adelaide Festival, …

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