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December 13, 2016

The Best of 2016

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Current

“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. Maggie Smith once remarked- “Every performance is a ghost.”

I hope this website, for all its sometimes …

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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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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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September 12, 2016

From breakdown comes through and a restoration of communication

Red Sky Morning
by Tom Holloway
State Theatre Company of South Australia.
State Umbrella.
The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street.
September 10. Tickets : $20 – $35.
Bookings: BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au.
Until September 30. Duration 70 minutes, no interval.

They say Red Sky Morning is the shepherd’s warning but nobody warned The Bakehouse Theatre that it would be deluged by stormwater last Thursday and that State Theatre’s 2016 – appropriately named- Umbrella Project would have its first two previews …

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August 23, 2016

All the right steps in a hilarious, hypermanic tour de farce

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
and the novel by John Buchan
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
August 23 . Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until September 11.
Duration: 2 hours including interval.

Written in 1914 by the English novelist John Buchan as a distraction during convalescence, The 39 Steps became the enduring prototype for the fugitive thriller. Then, adapted and …

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July 11, 2016

Straight to some uncomfortable truths

Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
State Theatre Company of South Australia
and La Boite Theatre Company
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.
July 8. Tickets: $ 28 – $72.
Bookings : BASS 131246 or www.bass.net.au
Until July 23.
Duration: 90 minutes.
La Boite Theatre season: The Roundhouse, Brisbane,
July 27- August 13.

Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee’s break-out hit, Straight White Men, has been discombobulating audiences since its debut at the New York Public Theatre in 2014, where …

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June 20, 2016

Breath of Heaven

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Cabaret,Music

Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Festival Centre
June 18.

Murray Bramwell

Lisa Fischer has performed on the biggest stages in the world. She played to more than 500,000 people in Rio, and to sold-out stadiums from London to Berlin, the US to Australia. Since 1989 – along with keyboard player Chuck Leavell and bassist Darryl Jones – Fischer has been an indispensible part of The Rolling Stones touring band. Stones fans will never forget her show-stopping solo …

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June 12, 2016

Far from a Weimar museum, cabaret undergoes a youthful makeover

Filed under: 2016,Archive,Cabaret

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Variety Gala Performance
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
June 10.

It’s that time again. Defying the mid-June wintry blast, the Adelaide Festival Centre opens every door and available performance space for thirteen nights of the best of burlesque, Broadway, music theatre and punk satire. Now in its sixteenth year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has consolidated a reputation that has attracted legends and innovators from Europe, the UK and the Big Apple itself.

On the Festival Theatre stage …

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