Adelaide Fringe Festival Reviews

Adelaide is rocking under the momentum of this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival. Check out all the Arts Hub reviews below and find out what is running hot at this year's Adelaide Fringe.
Adelaide Fringe Festival Reviews
Adelaide is rocking under the momentum of this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival. Check out all the Arts Hub reviews below and find out what is running hot at this year's Adelaide Fringe. (Note:The Arts Hub Adelaide Fringe Festival Reviews page is updated daily during the entire course of the Adelaide Fringe Festival!! If you would like to have your own review included please send it to editor@artshub.com.au.) ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL: Bec Hill: If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off. Did you ever want to be a superhero but didn’t know where to start? Bec Hill’s Stand-Up comedy currently being seen at the Adelaide Fringe Festival looks at becoming a superhero from car to cape and with cheese on toast thrown in for good measure. Tickets to Bec Hill currently performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival are from $17.75 to $22.75. The season is playing at The Garden of Unearthly Delights - The Pod Rundle Park, Corner of East Terrace & Rundle Street Adelaide until 21 March. 50c from every full price ticket sold will be donated to the Red Cross's Victorian Bushfire appeal. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: 3xperimentia: Live Cut. 3xperimentia: Live Cut now in its Adelaide Fringe Festival season was created by award winning international choreographer, Amanda Phillips and, rising composer and new media artist, Alexander Mitchell. Showing at the Mercury Cinema, 14 Morphett Street Adelaide city from 11-15 & 18-22 March during the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Tickets range from $10 to $17.75. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: You Tube Your Own Adventure. Three cute guys, music comedy, audience participation and live YouTube style interaction. This Adelaide Fringe Festival has electricity running through it…literally. Matt Emery, Phil and Steve Driver in Hooray for Everything are performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival until 21 March at the The Pod, Garden of Unearthly Delights. Cost of tickets: Adult $20, Conc $15, Group 6+ $15. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Wet Spots. The Wet Spots are an internationally acclaimed cabaret duo, and you can understand why when you have the sometimes awkward pleasure of seeing their performance at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Showing at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The Spiegeltent until 21 Mar at 10pm. Tickets cost $30 (Conc, $25). Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW : Down & Out . Dressed in old-style ‘strong-man’ leotards, this troupe of performers dished out some serious party tricks! Accompanied by Francine (the BEAUTIFUL daughter of the Ring Master) the performers presented an amusing and enjoyable show full of bravado and slapstick. The season is held in the RINGBOX in the Garden of Unearthly Delights between March 10-21 for $14-$22 Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Love Is..The Higher Ground Theatre on Light Square (in the centre of Adelaide) is a great, intimate venue for this pan-historical, cross-cultural, knock-your-socks-off cabaret show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Season closed. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Ashes to Ashes: songs of loss and longing. Up until this night I had never heard of or seen a ‘uni-tard’. I certainly wouldn’t have expected my first encounter of this costume to be within a show that purports to explore issues of loss through the death of a loved one. However, after this evening I believe ALL things are possible when mourning thanks to the Adelaide Fringe Festival's Ashes to Ashes: songs of loss and longing. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Undressing Room. The Adelaide Fringe Festival's The Undressing Room is a brand new show for Imogen Kelly. A NIDA graduate and a notorious burlesque performer who calculates she has undressed for more than 1,000,000 people. The season is at the Old Queens Theatre, Playhouse Lane & Gilles Arcade in Adelaide city, and runs until 21 March. Tickets cost from $19* - $24 / and on Tuesday all tickets are $15. Warning: Contains Some Coarse Language. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL : Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Alison Pollard-Mansbergh (Sybil Faulty), Daley Donnelly (Manuel) and Michael Davoren (Basil Faulty) make up the Interactive Theatre Australia troupe that put on the Faulty Towers Dining Experience for the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival at the excellent Quality Inn Hotel, North Adelaide, and what a great job they did! The season runs until the end of the Fringe (22 March) with some shows already sold out. Tickets cost $71.75 including the meal. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: 1000 Years of German Humour. Adelaide Fringe Festival's 1000 Years of German Humour brings plenty of humour to the soul and provides a chance to forget the recession, the state of the world and any other soul destroying events which may fill our lives at this current time. Ticket prices range from $15 to $30.75 without dinner or $65 per person, including a four course dinner. Season ends March 21 at the Caos Entertainment Complex 188 Hindley Street. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: A Company of Strangers. A Company of Strangers is a cabaret that is showing in The Spiegeltent, which is a beautiful intimite venue with a wonderful old world feel. At The Spiegeltent - The Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 21. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: A Hollow Trophy. Hollow Trophy is a dark comedy that leaves you thinking the stories in the papers accusing footy players of gang rape could well be true! The show is about life in the world of sporting stardom. It centres on a man who loves three things more than anything in the world: footy, his number, and himself. At: Iris Cinema located at 13 Morphett Street Adelaide. The season runs until the 15th of March and tickets cost between $13 and $18. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: After the End. After the End was conceived by contemporary UK writer, Dennis Kelly, it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005 and has since met wide acclaim throughout the world. Adelaide Feast’s Daniel Clarke makes his South Australian directorial debut after living as a theatre director in the UK for 4 years. After the Endstars Hannah Norris and Nick Pelomis. The production has received support from Arts SA and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s InSpace: Development Program. This play is certainly not for those in want of a straight, conservative drama. After the End leaves you bemused, sometimes unpleasantly surprised, sitting at the edge of your seat forgetting to take a breath and when you remember to breathe, you won’t be disappointed! Season is at The Bakehouse Theatre 255 Angus Street, Adelaide and runs until 22 March. $20 - $35 + service fee Adelaide Fringe Festival information. Warning: Contains strong language, violence, nudity and adult themes. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Autobahn. Autobahn is comprised of six sketches of two people travelling in a car and the discussions that occur between them. Venue: Garage Bar, Waymouth Street, Adelaide. Show Date: 4 March 2009. Show Time: 7.30 pm. Performers: Renee Gentle, Cheyl Bardley, Nic English, Tim Overton, John Doherty, Martin Hissey, Rachael Kirkham and Tamara Lee. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Binge. Binge is a very realistic portrayal of the true story of the lives of six teenagers at a local Adelaide high school. Binge explores the power of alcohol and how it’s used by young people to meet their needs and make them feel more acceptable, more lovable, more desirable and more popular and powerful. Venue: The Adelaide Town Hall (Meeting Room).Show times: 8pm. Show dates: March 1 – March 22 2009 Cost of tickets:$15.00 for adults. $12,00 concession. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Capture? Adelaide Fringe Festival's Capture, from Playground, is showing at Colour Cosmetica, which is actually a Hair studio, so very small and very intimate. This show is certainly one for the interpretive dance connoisseur. An interesting take on relationship dynamics, but one you will need to analyse in order to really enjoy. Season runs until Sat 21 March at At Colour Cosmetica, 20 -32 Union Street Adelaide. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Doppleganger. Ever seen a one man band in the heart of Adelaide city? The young, fresh faced “Bart” greeted us at the door, then ushered us in, then introduced himself up on stage, all within 5 minutes! Pretty organized. This is Bart's first solo performance at the Adelaide Fringe and he has energy, enthusiasm, experiences, charisma, but required more laughter from us, the audience. He is still young, with a career ahead of him, & oozes plenty of talent. Venue: Rooftop, Synagogue Place. Time: 10:30pm. Wed 04 Mar to Sun 22 Mar. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Gothic Punch & Judy. Talk about just in time, and taking up the last seat. It was full house for this 10:30pm sell out show, in a marquee called the Puppet Palace, in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights. A very talented and creative puppeteer, Professor Haig, certainly kept us intrigued with his very macabre 30 minute performance. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: I Have a Dream. Opening night for Movin’ Melvin Browns I Have Dream (Soul to Soul) show was at the Norwood Live venue, a classic intimate and relaxed cabaret style spot. The room was almost full and the crowd was ready to be entertained. The simple brilliance of the music genres and the energy and enthusiasm of ‘amazing for his age’ song and dance man Movin’ Melvin Brown meant the punters walked away humming a tune and happy with a good night out. Season runs from 27/2/09 – 08/03/09. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake. The show consists of a series of very funny dialogue and monologue, half of which is a clever intertwining of lyrics from songs, the other half of which consists of various 'memories’ from the girls, talking about their childhood, their first musical memories, and some obscure dream sequences. Every part of the show is entertaining, interesting and unique, however one of the particular highlights for me was Rhiannon performing a complex and certainly difficult yoga sequence (she’s very bendy!) whilst rolling and smoking a cigarette! The season runs from 3 – 7/ 9 – 14 March 2009 7.30pm at The Stables, Vardon Ave (behind The Stag Hotel). Ticket range from $20/ $15 at the door or visit Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Mujahid Ahmed is on African Time. Presented by Mujahid Ahmed at the Lion Arts Centre, Nexus Cabaret Centre, corner of North Terrace and Morphett Street Adelaide, is the Adelaide Fringe Festival's Mujahid Ahmed is on African Time. For a stand up performer, Mujahid Ahmed was able to produce original material which flowed with an exceptional amount of ease. Overall an enjoyable show that was well prepared and well received by the collective mix of an obviously appreciative audience. Age suitability: Parental Guidance - Contains coarse language Times:Thu 05-Sat 21 Mar. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Nik Coppin - “Loquacious”. This is Coppin’s first time at the Adelaide Fringe and straight from the start, from the first kick off (soccer talk) this smart, quick witted “Gobby” from the UK, certainly captured the audience’s attention. The title Loquacious in the dictionary sums him up to a cup of tea. (English Breakfast). He earned his pepsi, as the length of the show went for approx 55 minutes, without too many breaths in between. A show that would appeal to all different people, of all different ages. Well worth a squiz, for the ticket price of $17.75. At the Tuxedo Cat Tue 03 - Sat 21 Mar. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens. Written by Mark O’Connor and performed entirely by David Malikoff, this performance explores the realities of nature versus multinational big business. How much: FringeBENEFITS $17.00*/ Adult $22.00/ Conc. $17.00. When: 28 Feb - 7 March at 2:30pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm (Check listing for details).Where: Holden Street Theatres (The Arch) - 34 Holden Street (next to soccer stadium) Hindmarsh. Duration: 1 - 1.5hous/ Wheelchair Access/ FringeTIX Listing. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Scarborough. Lauren and Daz are lovers with a secret. A secret that keeps them locked up in their hotel room in the beach side town of Scarborough where they came to get away. They have transgressed the boundaries and their relationship is in shaky territory. Scarborough will be playing March 1-5, 6-8, 10-15, 17-22 at 7pm and 8pm on 8 March, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm other nights. The show is playing at The Manse at Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes & the Saline Solution. The lads from Sound & Fury would like to have us believe that they’re idiots with nothing to say. (See footnote*) This is, of course, utter nonsense. They are clever creators, dedicated craftsman and consummate vaudeville-esque performers. Season at the Garden of Unearthly Delights – La Cascaduer. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Taking the Piss. My last memories of a live comedy show dates back to the late eighties where anyone who chose to sit in the front rows was a likely candidate to be ridiculed as part to the act. With a choice of seating arrangements, we still chose one of the comfortable lounges in the front of the small stage. Overall an hour or so of light stand up comedy with some good punches. Taking the Piss is presented by Jarrod Fitch, Angus Hodge, Chris Knight, Dave Campbell, Rob Hannam, Jon Brooks and Ross Voss. Season closed. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Taxing Lyrical - Lehmo. The Rhino Room in Adelaide’s East End is the perfect venue for any one man comedy show and Lehmo’s Taxing Lyrical is no exception. One word of advice though, if you are not one for being in the spotlight, do not sit in the front few rows. Venue: Rhino Room Upstairs 13 Frome Street, Adelaide SA. Dates: Thurs 26th Feb, Fri 27th Feb. Preview Shows: Sat 28th Feb, Tues 3rd March - Sat 7th March - Full Show. Prices: $15 - Preview Show, $25 - Full Price. Times: All 8.30pm. Tickets: FringeTix - Adelaide Fringe Festival information. Phone FringeTIX on 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643). ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Grimstones – Hatched - It was cold, wet and overcast in Adelaide, setting the scene for 'The Grimstones – Hatched': a quirky puppet performance about a girl named Martha, who can see people’s dreams and, in an effort to lighten the heart of her grieving mother, she decides to use magic to make a baby brother. The show is presented by Sky Works and the reason runs at the The Garden of Unearthly Delights - Le Cascadeur until March 15. Tickets cost $10-$15. >. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Planets - The Adelaide Fringe Festival's The Planets was originally composed by Gustav Holst, back in 1913, and was first performed in 1919. It was based on Holst’s own interest in the astrological nature of the planets, due to the planets influence on the horoscope. The Planets season is very short – only two shows on 6 and 8 March - Venue: Pilgrim Uniting Church, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide.Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Black Coffee - Black Coffee is set in a 1950’s club named Black Coffee, this show comes alive with the energy and pizzazz of sharp jazz, complete with the aroma of good strong black coffee. Black Coffee is a lively performance combining dramatic theatrics with vivacious dance leaving the audience with a feeling of invigoration, like they had just drunk a stiff black coffee. The season runs for four nights only, 6, 12, 13, 14 March and is showing at the Marion Cultural Centre which is about 20-30mins drive from the city of Adelaide. Tickets cost $20 per person. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Chopper’s F*ckin Bingo Starring Heath Franklin - Adelaide Fringe Festival's Chopper’s F*ckin Bingo Starring Heath Franklin is currently showing at the plush red and gold drapes of the old Royalty Theatre in the heart of the city, which is an incongruous backdrop to the ancient, time-honoured tradition of bingo, especially given this particular show’s extravagant props – a keyboard, a couple of red buckets and a bong (make that a petrol can). Oh, and a pinyata (of course). i>Chopper’s F*ckin Bingo Starring Heath Franklin with Heath Franklin, Felicity Ward and Sammy J. runs over various nights until the end of the Adelaide Fringe Festival at both the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Spiegeltent. All tickets cost $30. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Circus Trick Tease (Ringside) - Ringside is performed in The Garden of Unearthly Delights in Adelaide’s East End, and this show is pure entertainment from start to end. Ringside is a multi-dimensioned work oozing talent, humour and pure entertainment for the entire hour. A great night out and money well spent! The season runs until the end of the Adelaide Fringe, (21 March) and tickets cost from $1.75 to $22.75. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW : Dreamer In The Deep - Adelaide Fringe Festival's Dreamer In The Deep comes courtesy of the Dream Puppets who won a five star rating for their work in the 2007 Adelaide Fringe. Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Dream Puppets can be found at The Garden of Unearthly Delights - Puppet Palace. Rundle Park, Corner of East Terrace & Rundle Street Adelaide. The season runs until March 21. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: A dingo stole my latte - Showing upstairs at the Duke Of York hotel, Adelaide Fringe Festival's A dingo stole my latte is delivered by three comedians from Darwin who don’t mind poking fun at the Territorians as well as Adelaide-ians. The season of A dingo stole my latte is at the Duke Of York hotel and runs until 22 March and tickets range from $17.75 for concession to $20.75 show only to $30.75 for show and meal. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL: Express - Mark Trenwith’s latest show Express at the Adelaide Fringe Festival asks the question “Are Australians crap at expressing themselves”. Where he got that wild notion I have no idea. Oh wait, maybe he’s met my dad. Or 90% of our elected officials. Or the occasional rugby league player. Playing at the Rhino Room Downstairs runs to 21 March and tickets range from $12.75 to $20.75. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Ça Va? - Ça Va? at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival is more than just a beautiful, feisty, smart, funny, talented French maid who can sing. The season of Ça Va? runs until 22 March with ticket prices ranging from $12.75 to $22.75 but be quick several nights have already sold out. Adelaide Fringe Festival information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Being Rich - Adelaide Fringe Festival's Being Rich is a hilariously funny show at Sugar nightclub in the heart of Adelaide’s East End.Tickets cost from $12.75 to $17.75. Thursday 19 March 2009. 09:00 PM/Friday 20 March 2009. 09:00 PM/Saturday 21 March 2009. 09:00 PM. Adelaide Fringe Festival information ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: The Dirty Brothers in The Dark Party - Adelaide Fringe Festival's The Dirty Brothers in The Dark Party is bizzare and intriguing. So go on, be brave and see it! Showing at the Garden of Unearthly Delights in the heart of the city. This show runs until 21 March and tickets are priced range from $12.75 to $27.75. Visit The Dirty Brothers MySpace and Adelaide Fringe Festival info for more information. ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW: Pie Charts and Panties - Adelaide Fringe Festival's Pie Charts and Panties is an aptly named, two part Adelaide Fringe Festival show. Pie Charts and Panties juxtaposes the mediocrity of administration against the flair and flamboyance of French burlesque, expressing it all through dance and physical theatre. Tickets range from $18 for adults and concession is $15. Note: this performance may be unsuitable for young children. When: 15-21 Mar at 6pm. Where: Holden Street Theatres - 34 Holden Street (next to soccer stadium), Hindmarsh 5007 Details: 1 hour/ Disability access/ PG/ FringeTIX Listing ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEW:Dances of India - Adelaide Fringe Festival's Dances of India sees the VasantaMala Indian Dance Troupe take centre stage. The troupe was founded by VasantaMala who was the first Japanese woman to bring Indian Dance into Japan. Dances of India runs until the 15th of March with tickets from $12 to $18 till Sunday 15th March, this 45 minute show is suitable for all ages. For tickets and further information please click here.

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