September 01, 2008

Tall Stories and Go-Betweens

Filed under: Archive,Music

Robert Forster
Governor Hindmarsh
August 6.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

At the first show of a three week tour which was eventually to meander back to Sydney, Robert Forster is looking benign and bemused. It is a cold wet Wednesday, the open fire is banked high and the crowd at the Gov is sparse but keen. There is an air of rehearsal to this out of town try-out, Forster’s first gig since the release of his excellent new CD The …

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August 05, 2008

Attempts on Her Life


Attempts on Her Life
by Martin Crimp

State Theatre Company of South Australia
The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre.
August 5. Tickets $21.70 – $51.70.
Bookings BASS 131 246
Until August 23.

Pirandello’s famous experimental play was entitled Six Characters in Search of an Author. Perhaps State Theatre Company’s production of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life could be called Six Actors in Search of a Narrative. The play opens with a succession of recorded telephone messages, all …

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August 01, 2008

Blues, Beetles and Women Under the Influence


by Joe Penhall
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse, July 8.

Beetle Graduation
by Susan Rogers
Brink Productions
The Space, July 19.

The Mistress
by Arnold Wesker
A Solitary Choice
by Sheila Duncan
Holden Street Theatres, July 23.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

After the lull in proceedings since the Adelaide Festival, theatre has returned with a range of engaging works about alpha doctors, alpha mothers and two women with very little say at all.

Blue/Orange, by …

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July 04, 2008

Where You From?


Where You From?
Lenny Henry
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide,
July 2, 2008

Back in Australia for a fifth time round, UK comic Lenny Henry (CBE) is asking audiences where they’re from. And as he mellows towards his fiftieth birthday next month, he is also telling us where he has been. He makes a droll tale of his family migrating from Jamaica to Dudley in the Midlands. Adding a little power point he shows us the Dudley sights from the …

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July 01, 2008


Filed under: Archive,Cabaret

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Adelaide Festival Centre. June 6 – 14.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Trimmed from twelve working days to seven, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this year has been a bonsai affair but it has packed in plenty of events of interest and quality all the same. The fretful fortunes of last year’s International Guitar Festival have forced economies in many areas of the Centre’s operations. Nevertheless, it seems tough that the Cabaret Festival, which over its short eight years …

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June 01, 2008

Developmental Stages

Performing Arts Festival for Young People
May 9-18.

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

In only the second time in 43 years, ASSITEJ (French acronym for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) has held its triennial world congress in Australia – and, again, it has chosen Adelaide as host city. Along with some 600 delegates the event gathered artists, teachers, parents and young people – around 2000 in all, plus thousands more school children attending the …

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May 01, 2008

Rite of Reply

Female of the Species
by Joanna Murray-Smith
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Dunstan Playhouse
April 15- until May.

Alone in her bucolic retreat surrounded only by the vocal and methane emissions of livestock, writer Margot Mason has a deadline to meet And unfortunately, the celebrity intellectual, pioneer proponent of women’s rights and author of the international best-seller, The Cerebral Vagina, has a bad case of writer’s block. Everything, it seems, has already happened to her- and even she …

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April 01, 2008

Festival of Light Fandangos

Filed under: Archive,Festival

Murray Bramwell

With the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts over for another two years we have time to reflect on what was and, perhaps, what might have been. And despite Peter Sellars’ declaration, in 2002, that the era of the “big safari” festival, with its big game trophy events, is over – interest in the headliners has been as keen as ever. That is hardly surprising because, although Australians travel more than ever, the tyranny of distance is …

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March 17, 2008

Shouldn’t give up his night job

Filed under: Archive,Comedy


Adelaide Fringe 2008
Rove McManus

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
March 15.
Melbourne Comedy Festival
Melbourne Town Hall
April 10-12. Tickets $39.90 – $ 44.50.

On stage for Rove McManus’s stand-up gig at the Thebarton Theatre is a giant picture of a goldfish in a bowl. The fish has large Disney eyes and extruding from its tail, in streaming black calligraphy comes Rove’s famous name. It is a joke very much at his own expense and it is a likeable …

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March 14, 2008

Hot Stuff

Filed under: Archive,Womadelaide

Womadelaide 2008
Botanic Park
March 7 – 9

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Womadelaide this year will be remembered because the weather was seriously hot – and so was the music program. When even the usually green swath of Botanic Park is looking parched and dusty we know that climate change is not just an Al Gore lecture and the current drought is getting very worrying. The temperatures climbed into the forties and day time sessions tested even the young and …

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