April 24, 2015

Burlesque centrestage in the moving tale of Joseph and Josephine


Madame : The Story of Joseph Farrugia
Creators/directors Ross Ganf, Ingrid Weisfelt and Vincent Crowley
Vitalstatistix, with State Theatre Company and Torque Show.
Burnside Ballroom, Portrush Road, Adelaide.
April 22. Tickets $ 25 – $ 35.
Bookings: BASS 131 246,
Until May 2.
Duration : 70 minutes.

When Torque Show director, Ross Ganf, first interviewed Joseph Farrugia, owner-manager of Adelaide’s Crazy Horse burlesque club, he wanted to make a show about the strip industry. “I was fascinated by …

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April 11, 2015

Suburban hope cruelled by fate

The Good Son
by Elena Carapetis
The Other Ones
The Bakehouse Theatre, Angas St. Adelaide
April 10. Tickets: $ 20- $30. Until April 25.
Duration 70 minutes.

“He curses his virtue like an unclean thing.” Playwright Elena Carapetis has taken her epigraph and title from Nick Cave’s The Good Son. This fine new work is an inner suburban tragedy of addiction, dependency and quiet desperation.

Frank (Renato Musolino), a dutiful son in his thirties, lives with his Greek mother …

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March 31, 2015

The Odes of March

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Augie March
Her Majesty’s
March 26

Murray Bramwell

It is several weeks on from the Ides of March, now it’s time for the Odes of March. Augie March, that is – back from a seven year hibernation for a national tour featuring their 2014 album Havens Dumb. Led by the prodigiously talented, singer songwriter Glenn Richards, Augie March appeared on the Australian music scene in 1998 and released their first album Sunset Studies in 2000. Now fifteen years and …

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March 26, 2015

Writer Captured Nation’s Rift

Alan Seymour:
Born Perth, June 6, 1927
Died Sydney, March 23, 2105.

Australian playwright Alan Seymour has died in Sydney aged 88. It is inevitable that tributes to him will circle around The One Day of the Year, the play written in 1959, which was at first notorious and then became a national classic. It made his name but, perhaps to his regret, overshadowed his other dramatic and literary achievements.

The “one day of the year” in …

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March 16, 2015

Adelaide Festival 2015

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Daily Review
March 16
Adelaide Festival 2015

Adelaide Festival(s)

Murray Bramwell

It is only 16 days into the month and already Adelaide’s “Mad March” is over. Admittedly, the Fringe began on February 13, but the intensity and simultaneity of the various major events – Fringe, Clipsal 500, Adelaide Cup and, of course, the original March event, the Adelaide Festival – in just a fortnight, is both exhilarating and, perhaps, problematic.

Just as it has in Edinburgh, home to the first …

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eSensual Readings

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Books

Essential New Zealand Poems:
Facing the Empty Page
Selected by Siobhan Harvey, James Northcliffe
and Harry Ricketts
A Godwit Book, Random House, New Zealand
ISBN 978-1-77553-459-4
RRP: $ 45.00. 319 pp.

Murray Bramwell

So what makes poems essential ? In their introduction to this most appealing collection, the three editors mull the problem of their own title. Actually it is not their title, but a reprise of an earlier Godwit collection also called Essential New Zealand Poems. That was …

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March 12, 2015

Marriages made in burlesque

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Adelaide Festival

Beauty and the Beast
One of Us/Improbable
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 10. Tickets: $ 30 – $ 59
Bookings:, BASS 131 246.
Duration : 1 hr 15 mins. R 18+.
Until March 15.

The Cardinals
Devised by Alia Alzougbi, Gerard Bell, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens
Stan’s Cafe.
Flinders Street Baptist Church, 65 Flinders Street
March 11. Tickets: $ 30 – $ 49
Bookings:, BASS 131 246.
Duration : 1 hr 40 mins.
Until …

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March 09, 2015

Adelaide Festival 2015

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Daily Review
Murray Bramwell

Roses and Bryars

Gavin Bryars Ensemble
March 3. Elder Hall

Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet
and selected orchestral works
March 5. Adelaide Town Hall

One of the highlights of this year’s Adelaide Festival has been composer-in- residence Gavin Bryars. Yorkshire-born, Bryars has been prominent in minimalist music since the late 1960s, with works such as The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet in 1972. Both were first released on …

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March 05, 2015

War and Cyber-love

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Nufonia Must Fall
by Kid Koala
Directed and designed by K.K.Barrett
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.
March 4.
Tickets: $ 30 – $ 59
Bookings :
BASS 131246. Until March 7. Duration 1 hr.

Written and performed by Valentijn Dhaenens
Produced and presented by SKaGeN
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. March 4.

Not many performances begin with a bingo call, but Canadian Eric San, aka Kid Koala, really likes to mix things around. Not only is he an …

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February 27, 2015

The World in a Long Weekend: Previewing WOMADelaide 2015

Filed under: 2015,Archive,Womadelaide

Murray Bramwell

In just seven days time, on March 6, for four days and nights, WOMADelaide 2015 will fill Botanic Park with roving artists, Planet Talk speakers, KidZone artists and, of course, musicians : 58 bands from more than 30 countries. Founded 23 years ago, and an annual event since 2008, WOMAD has long been a major event in March.

Staged in the second weekend of the Adelaide Festival and flanked by the Clipsal 500 and the Adelaide Fringe, it …

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