December 14, 2014

The Best of 2014

Filed under: 2014,2015,Archive

“When you hear music,” jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy once remarked, “After it’s over, it’s gone, in the air, you can never capture it again.”

In varying degrees that is true of all live performances. They have their moment, their season and then are gone. Sometimes they remain vivid, but eventually, even excellent productions and outstanding performances drift into imperfect recollection and generalised hearsay.

I hope this website, for all its sometimes unwelcome opinions, is a useful record of some of …

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November 19, 2014

Master touch of evil

by William Shakespeare
State Theatre Company SA
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
Duration 2 hours 50 minutes with interval.
November 18. Tickets $ 26 – $ 67
Bookings : BASS 131 246 or
Until November 30.

“I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at; ” says Iago, the devious villain of Othello, “I am not what I am.” While the play pivots on the words ‘honest’ and ‘honesty’ (they appear 52 times, …

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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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October 04, 2014

Brook captivates with tale of betrayal and revenge

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
Until October 12.

“I can take an empty space …

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September 03, 2014

Time Changes and Tempo Too

Filed under: 2014,Archive,Music

Bob Dylan
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
August 30.

Murray Bramwell

It’s not just the times that are a-changing. Things have Changed. Bob Dylan is back on stage in Adelaide and his opening song, Academy Award winning theme tune to the 2000 film Wonder Boys, tells us – “People are crazy, times are strange/I’m locked in tight , I’m outta range/ I used to care but things have changed.” Except, with Bob, the more things change, the more they also stay …

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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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June 23, 2014

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: From Kate With Love

Filed under: 2014,Archive,Cabaret

Daily Review

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: From Kate With Love

21 June, 2014
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
June 6 – 21

With the Winter Solstice comes the end of the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Now in its fifteenth year the festival has proven a staunch success and a boost for the Adelaide Festival Centre in a usually dark month. Using every speck of space in the venue, this year’s Cabaret Festival featured some 470 artists in more than 60 shows, 35 of …

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June 16, 2014

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2014

Filed under: 2014,Archive,Cabaret

Freedman Does Nilsson
Tim Freedman
Dunstan Playhouse
June 12.

Waiting For My Real Life
Colin Hay
Dunstan Playhouse
June 13.

Murray Bramwell

The Harry Nilsson story is as paradoxical as it is sad. He had great success; but his biggest hits were covers of other writers’ songs. He was a brilliant vocalist, but never performed live. His first album was ignored by everyone – except John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He had an eight album contract with RCA Records and …

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June 11, 2014

Outstanding Capsis makes Little Bird fly

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Music Theatre

Little Bird
by Nicki Bloom
Songs and Music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant
State Theatre Company, in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre
Her Majesty’s Theatre.
June 10. Tickets $ 30 – $ 67
Bookings : BASS 131 246 or
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Until June 22.

“Little Bird, we’ll love you, whoever you are.” It is the declaration of unconditional love all parents make for their children . But …

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