March 12, 2017

Delving into fantasy of childhood solitude

Adelaide Festival

The Magic City
Adapted from the novel by Edith Nesbit
Devised by Manual Cinema
Her Majesty’s Theatre
March 11. Tickets $25- $49
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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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
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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March 02, 2017

Echoes of history in the quarry

Adelaide Festival
Echoes of history in the quarry

The Secret River
by Kate Grenville
Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
A Sydney Theatre Company Production
Presented by Adelaide Festival
and State Theatre Company South Australia
Anstey Hill Quarry, Adelaide
March 2. Until March 19.

The revival, for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, of Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River, adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell from the novel by Kate Grenville, has proved to be its transformation. Director …

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The Best of the Adelaide Fringe(So Far) # 2

Daily Review
More Adelaide Fringe

Murray Bramwell

Ukiyo, Royal Croquet Club
February 26.
FOUR stars

The creatures in Fauna have come from a variety of circus habitats.
Matt Basquet has a background in martial arts and acro/movement. Imogen Huzel, also from the UK but based in Stockholm, has links with the Belgian Poive Rose company; Finnish trapeze artiste, Enni Maria Lymi works with NoFit State Circus; and the married duo – Rhiannon Cave-Walker (a member of Gravity & Other …

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February 24, 2017

Adelaide Fringe 2017 Report

Filed under: Archive,Current,Fringe

Murray Bramwell

The Adelaide Fringe has been going more than a week now and has spread its ever-larger network around the city. With more than 1300 events, 5,200 participating artists and an estimated turnout of 75,000 punters at the opening weekend parade, the proud claim to being second only to Edinburgh’s mega-Fringe event is further strengthened. The number of events clamouring for attention is astonishing – 290 comedy shows, 248 music performances, 143 theatre listings , 132 cabaret events and …

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February 22, 2017

Light and heat in Adelaide Fringe

Filed under: Archive,Current,Fringe

Adelaide Fringe

by Stacey Gregg
Prime Cut Productions
February 15.
Holden Street Theatres until March 19

by Henry Naylor
Redbeard Productions
February 15.
Holden Street Theatres until March 19

We Live by the Sea
by Alex Howarth and Cast
Patch of Blue
February 17.
The Black Forest, Royal Croquet Club
Until March 19.

Bookings : or phone 1300 621 255.

The Fringe has once again inundated Adelaide’s  inner city and environs and, after Saturday night’s luminous …

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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

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
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

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
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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