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July 06, 2017

Compelling update of theatrical staple

A Doll’s House
by Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation by Elena Carapetis
State Theatre Company
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
July 4. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 40mins including interval.
Until July 22.

Murray Bramwell

“What is really wanted,“ Henrik Ibsen wrote, “is a revolution of the spirit of man.” And, in his most celebrated play, it is a woman, the unlikely hero, Nora Helmer, who wakes from a slumber and proposes a new dawn.…

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June 25, 2017

Songs of Love and Revolution

Filed under: Archive,Cabaret,Current

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Songs of Love and Revolution
Closing Variety Gala
Her Majesty’s Theatre
June 24.

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival always begins, and concludes, with a Variety Gala. It has been a feature of the event since it began seventeen years ago and it highlights one of the Festival’s most endearing aspects – which is that, temporarily at least, it creates a community of artists.

This is much remarked upon by internationals and out-of-towners. It is a very hospitable festival, …

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June 24, 2017

The Sound of Falling Stars

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Murray Bramwell
Forever Young

The Sound of Falling Stars
Cameron Goodall
with George Butrumlis and Enio Pozzebon
Written and directed by Robyn Archer.
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
June 21.
Four Stars

“Things they do look awful c-c-old” sang The Who, talking about their generation, “I hope I die before I get old.” But the bittersweet legend of an early death long preceded 1965. Take your pick – you might start with Goethe’s 1774 sturm und drang

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June 19, 2017

Jacques Brel is alive and well and visiting Adelaide

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017

Brel – The Immortal Troubadour
Dunstan Playhouse
Adelaide Festival Centre
June 18.

It is nearly forty years since Belgian-born, French singer songwriter Jacques Brel left the world. But as this tribute gala, devised by Adelaide Cabaret Festival co-director Ali McGregor attests, he is an immortal troubadour and the more time passes, the better his songs sound. It is currently apt to note his influence on David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but his songs have been interpreted …

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June 16, 2017

Smorgasbord of tasty bites from a perky and intriguing festival menu

Filed under: Archive,Cabaret,Current

Variety Gala Performance
Her Majesty’s Theatre
June 9.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Until June 24. Bookings : bass.net.au or 131 246

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is not its usual self this year. The world at the Festival Centre has been turned upside down by demolition and reconstruction on every side. There has been a strategic retreat to Her Majesty’s Theatre (especially since the Matilda season has taken over the Festival Theatre) but with a new, more snug, location for the Wintergarden, …

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June 01, 2017

Poignant search for identity and place

Sista Girl
by Elena Carapetis and Alexis West
State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
May 30. Tickets: $20- $39. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 75 minutes.
Until June 3.
Perth season : August 9-19. Subiaco Arts Centre.

Murray Bramwell

“Words like reconciliation and recognition are just rhetoric,” writes Yirra Yaakin artistic director, Kyle J. Morrison, “without the human understanding of each other in the process. How can we grow together…without the honest conversation of …

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April 28, 2017

The Simpsons as splendid post-apocalyptic force for re-civilisation

Mr Burns – a post-electric play
by Anne Washburn,
Score by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn
State Theatre Company and Belvoir
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
April 26. Tickets: $33- $61. Bookings 131 246 or online.
Duration 2hr 15mins with 20 min interval.
Until May 13.
Sydney season : Belvoir Upstairs Theatre May 19- June 25.

“Post-electric” are the key words in the title of Anne Washburn’s intriguingly inventive dystopia, Mr Burns. Set, we are told, in the …

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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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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 06, 2017

Daily Review – WOMADelaide Celebrates

Daily Review

WOMADelaide Celebrates

Murray Bramwell talks with WOMADelaide director Ian Scobie about the music festival with a difference.

It is now 25 years since WOMADelaide, that strange acronym grafted on to the name of an Australian city, was first heard about. In 1992, as part of Rob Brookman’s Adelaide Festival, negotiations took place between Brookman, his colleague Ian Scobie, and Thomas Brooman, the director of the UK WOMAD (aka World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival. The idea was …

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