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March 01, 2009

Another mad and balmy March

Filed under: Archive,Fringe

Murray Bramwell

Twenty three days and 187,000-plus tickets later, the Adelaide Fringe has folded its tent, assembled its caravan and gone its diverse ways. In fact, by now it seems as if it has dematerialized – as if the Garden of Unearthly Delights in Rundle Park was never there, nor the comedy queues in Angas Street, nor for that matter, the flurry around any one of the 259 venues which have hosted this sprawling mega-event.

Director Christie Anthoney can be …

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Uncurated and Unexpurgated

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Murray Bramwell

The Fringe is back and, as someone once said, it’s like a shoebox full of grasshoppers. The program numbers are up again. This time organizers are proclaiming they have broken the 500-shows-listed barrier – with 293 of them Australian premieres. Whatever all those new shows might actually mean. Some will be brilliant and we will tell our friends, some will be just good enough and maybe we won’t. And some will be fascinatingly execrable and linger in the …

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February 29, 2008

Fringe Notes

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Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

With a Friday night party in Rundle Street which brought early rain and an estimated forty thousand revelers, artists, organizers, supporters, and variously innocent bystanders, the Fringe has begun. It is on for one and all – with the weekend Clipsal fans also joining the throng and plenty of Ford and Holden regalia visible on the streets, queuing for shows, and sampling the wares in the Garden of Unearthly Delights.

The response to the Fringe is …

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February 28, 2008

Captivating celebration of the unexpected

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2008
February 27

Adelaide Fringe 08

Playing Burton
Performed by Josh Richards
The Arch, Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh
Tickets $19.50 – $ 24.90
Until March 16

The Smile Off Your Face
Ontroerend Goed
The Jelly Belly, Fringe Factory Theatre, Elizabeth St
Tickets $12 – $15
Until March 16

La Clique
The Masonic Centre, 254 North Terrace
Tickets $40- $50
Until March 16
Bookings at FringeTix Ph1300 374643.

Now an annual fixture the Adelaide Fringe comes back sooner – and literally …

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February 10, 2008

Looking Through the Fringe

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Murray Bramwell previews some of the 2008 program

There is something almost inexplicably exponential about the Adelaide Fringe. It just keeps getting bigger. From its modest beginnings 48 years ago, it has continued – like its Edinburgh namesake – to play doppelganger and frisky sibling to the main Festival. And, as in Edinburgh, it has expanded so greatly that it dwarfs the Festival itself – in size at least, if not in substance. The relationship between Festival and Fringe, once …

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March 30, 2007

Thriving outside Festival’s shadow

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2007

March 29
Adelaide

Adelaide Fringe 07
Mutzenball
by Little Black Box
Fringe Factory
Until March 31`
Tickets: $ 20. Bookings at Fringetix. Ph.8418 8666

B File
by Deborah Levy
Stone/Castro Company
Holden Street Theatre
March 26

Ross Noble – Fizzy Logic
Royalty Theatre until March 31
Tickets: $ 40. Bookings at Fringetix. Ph.8418 8666
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
April 5 – 21. Ticketmaster 1300 660 013

Mark Watson
Nova Cinema 2 until March 31
Tickets: $29. Bookings at Fringetix. …

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Fringe Notes

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2007
Adelaide Fringe 07
Ends March 31.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

With the Fringe in its final week, Artistic Director Christie Anthoney can be well pleased. The festival met its hundred thousand ticket sales target by the mid-way point and has kept powering on. The Garden of Unearthly Delights has proven popular with venues offering everything from carny shows, the late night So Co Cargo club and a program of musicians at the excellent Bosco Theater. Elsewhere, the grunge Fringe …

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March 16, 2007

Fringe Theatre

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2007

What I Heard About Iraq
By Simon Levy
Holden Street Theatres’ Directors’ Choice 07

George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Adapted by Guy Masterson
Performed by Gary Shelford

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson

Holden Street Theatres
Until March 31

Tom Crean –Antarctic Explorer
Written and performed by Aidan Dooley
Bakehouse Theatre until March 23

Murray Bramwell

Holden Street is again one of the strongholds of Fringe theatre this year and the manager of the complex, Martha …

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Numbers down but stellar performances

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2007
March 15

Adelaide
Theatre
Adelaide Fringe 07

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson
Tickets $20 -25.

What I Heard About Iraq
By Simon Levy
Holden Street Theatres’ Directors’ Choice 07

Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh
Tickets $17 -23.
Until March 31

Tom Crean –Antarctic Explorer
Written and performed by Aidan Dooley
Bakehouse Theatre until March 23
Tickets$20 – $22.

Rubeville
The Black Lung Theatre
until March 24
Kissy Kissy
The Black Lung Theatre
145 Hindley Street…

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March 24, 2006

Fringe Notes

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2006
Murray Bramwell

Whenever the Fringe is talked about – big statistics are sure to follow. In 2006 there are 4000 artists, 1400 technicians, 500 acts and 6000 performances. That is a lot of action – and in the Darwinian struggle for audiences some already will have come to grief at the box office.

In theatre, where more than a hundred items are listed, Adelaide is seeing a quantum increase in activity and, already, a great deal that is engaging …

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