Adelaide Fringe http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:23:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Fringe Street Theatre Festival http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/fringe-street-theatre-festival http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/fringe-street-theatre-festival#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:11:47 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21792 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/fringe-street-theatre-festival/feed 0 Girls Night Out* http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/girls-night-out http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/girls-night-out#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:08:49 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21790 briefsGoing out with your friends this weekend? Here’s a list of shows the ladies will love!
*Open minded gentlemen welcome.

Briefs: A Second Coming

The award-winning all male, all vaudeville, all trash brat-pack hit Adelaide with their cult variety hit.

WOMANz

Come party with WOMANz as she combines dance, physical theatre, clown, and cheeky costumes in ‘a life affirming celebration of the body, the booty and love!

Luisa Omielan’s What Would Beyonce Do

Fresh, sassy, and utterly original, Luisa Omielan is bringing her stand up debut, one of the most successful shows to come out of Edinburgh Fringe to Australia!

VELVET!

Take a selection of dangerous acts of abandon, dance and live vocals, mix them together in a glamorous nightclub with the pulsating soundtrack of a discothèque and you have “Velvet” – the hottest new show on the global festival circuit! It’s sharp, sexy and raucous!

Hot Brown Honey

Packing a sweet punch of Hip Hop politics, Hot Brown Honey smashes stereotypes and serves up an audacious platter of dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song.

EastEnd Cabaret: Sexual Tension

Deviant diva Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria are not dating. Not technically dating. But they do share a bed… and now for the first time, they are ready to rip the sheets off, uncovering the bizarre and hilarious secrets that lie beneath.

Sex Idiot by Bryony Kimmings

Following her very first STI test, Bryony discovered she had a common sexual disease. Not one for looking back, she was faced with the arduous task of retracing her sexual footsteps to see where she had contracted her little problem.

Vanity Bites Back

A “bold, subversive and very funny” clown cookery show about searching for self worth in a cheesecake. Join aspiring TV cookery host Jill – “a cross between Alan Partridge and Margaret Thatcher” – as she whips up another curiously addictive episode.

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

Charmingly accomplished Kiwi Penny Ashton (Austen Found, Hot Pink Bits) mashes up Bon Jovi, bonnets and big balls with alacrity!

An Evening Of Wine, Woman and Song

A magical place, fabulous Adelaide Hills wine and a very special performance under the candlebark gums. Kelly Chambers returns for her sixth Fringe celebrating five decades of Songbirds, paying tribute to many female greats including Adele, Duffy, Dido, Beyonce and Norah Jones.

Germein Sisters

Internationally acclaimed Australian pop/folk/rock sister band Georgia (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Ella (electric cello, bass guitar) and Clara Germein (drums, guitar) will perform songs from their latest album ‘Because You Breathe’

Lady Sings It Better

Back with an all-new show, four women reinvent the world’s most famous male musicians as outlandish cabaret, with soaring harmonies, unexpected medleys and their trademark bad dancing.

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Lords of Strut http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/lords-of-strut http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/lords-of-strut#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:30:06 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21786 When I was a kid, I wanted to be an acrobat. In my mind, there was nothing more glamorous than a spot in the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and I spent many hours forcing my poor parents to be “impressed” at the “tricks” I made up, that were neither really tricks, or in any way impressive. Of course, this never led anywhere and I’m now a grumpy comedian who prefers to sit still and write the occasional op-ed piece for an online publication. C’est la vie.

Speaking of B*witched, and Ireland, Irish duo The Lords of Strut actually are acrobats. If you’re a circus buff, and want to get technical, you’d call what they do “Partner Acro”, or “Adagio”, and you should perhaps stop calling yourself a “circus buff”. Seriously, you’re embarrassing yourself. It’s weird.

If you’re not a circus buff, or an acrobat, and in fact a normal person with the standard range of movement in your body, you ‘d call it 2 guys who can jump on each other’s shoulders and do flips and make you feel useless. You also wont believe it when they say they’re quote “actually not that good at acrobatics”, because they can jump on each others shoulders and do flips and all that other stuff that’ll make you ooh and ahh, and feel useless.

Of course, the flips-and-other-technical-acrobatic-terms are just the cherry on the Lords of Strut sundae. There’s the strutting element too, and a good dollop of laughs, all kitted out in goofy costumes, one of which is entirely made of glad wrap. There’s something endearingly home-school about the whole affair.

The two, who met doing circus training in Cork, play a couple of clownish brothers, Cormac Mohally as is the dominating  Famous Seamus and Cian Kinsellas  as the bumbling idiot, Seantastic a kind of Irish Joey Tribiani, who well-meaningly  manages to ruin any slickness that Famous Seamus may have intended. As onstage ‘brothers’ The Lords Of Strut, (both straight men in real life… or IRL, for the under 25’s) manage to camp it up in a hilarious and adorable way that avoids those gay panic (link) laughs that are often lurking in the male-double-act waters.

Chaos is their attempt at something of a motivational talk, a simpleton’s take on the new-age, based around their personal philosophy of ‘Do The Do’, which is a stupidly funny feel-good catchcry they repeat throughout, and basically means ‘just do it’. And it’s doubly funny because they’re Irish, so they can’t pronounce TH, and are actually saying ‘Do Ta Do’, which is oddly reminiscent of Merlin from Big Brother holding up that sign saying ‘Free Ta Refugees’, (link) and who doesn’t want to be reminded of Merlin From Big Brother? No-one. Unless you’re Gretel Killeen.

If you aren’t Gretel Killeen, you probably won’t be reminded of Merlin anyway, as he has nothing to do with the show. And hopefully you’ll be much too busy enjoying the campy fabulousness of two dunderheads enthusiastically strutting about teaching you how to live your life better, and occasionally jumping on each other’s shoulders.

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Fringe Weekly Awards – Week 3 Winners http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/fringe-weekly-awards-week-3-winners http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/fringe-weekly-awards-week-3-winners#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:35:00 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21776 Fringe Weekly Awards

 

Week 3 Winners

 

AWARD VENUE
Best Cabaret:

Yana Alana – Between the Cracks

Tomás Ford: Electric Cabaret

 

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Deluxe

Tuxedo Cat – Mayall Room

Best Children’s Presentation:

McNirt Hates Dirt

 

The Arts Centre (5-7 Mar)

Campbelltown Function Centre (13-14 Mar)

Best Circus & Physical Theatre:

Briefs

 

Royal Croquet Club – The Menagerie

Best Comedy:

Sex Idiot

Luke McGregor

 

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Cupola

Best Dance:

Chicas Flamencas !   

 

Nexus Cabaret

Best Music:

Virada

 

Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Factory

Best Theatre:

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

River

 

 

Holden Street Theatres – The Arch

Bakehouse Theatre – Studio

Best Visual Art & Design:

Knot presented by Tony Kearney

 

Black Diamond Gallery

Nominee – John Chataway Innovation:

Zoe Coombs Marr is Dave

 

Tuxedo Cat – Rivers Studio

Nominee –  Emerging Artist:

Vane of Barbs

 

Nexus Cabaret

Nominee –  Eran Svigos Best Visual Art:

Jess Taylor (With A Spring in My Step)

 

Adelaide Central School of Art

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WOMANz http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/womanz-2 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/womanz-2#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:14:33 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21778 Tessa Waters is WOMANz, a hypersexual, fiercely female, vaguely… Eastern European? South American? And an oddly comforting presence onstage.

It’s difficult to describe WOMANz without using words like “undulating”, “heaving” and “jiggling”, which is unfortunate, because those are all pretty awful words. And Tessa Waters really isn’t awful (now that’s a pull-quote if ever I did see one. Put that on your poster Tessa!). She manages to create a joyously hilarious experience out of what sounds in print like possibly the most uncomfortable situation ever, or perhaps just a really weird Mills and Boon (“she undulates/jiggles across the stage in a leotard, surrounded by a sticky aura of confidence in her own body, emitting sounds of slightly surprised pleasure as though the very air is tickling her…” see what I mean?) and that’s a bloody mean feat.

There’s something extremely generous about Tessa’s WOMANZ that makes you want to curl up in her heaving/undulating bosom and take a nap there. Maybe that’s just me, but you can’t help feeling safe in the undulating/jiggling hands of a performer so seasoned she could almost pass as a Nandos chip*

Those seasonings include:

  • Real proper clown training, at the Philippe Gaulier School in France. Which, as everyone knows, is where clowns come from because clowns look great in stripes and they also love cheese.
  • 3 Melbourne Fringe awards
  • A recent Greenroom nomination for Best Cabaret Artist
  • Voted in the top 10 character shows at Edinburgh Fringe
  • and turmeric.

WOMANz is part sacred ritual, part stupid dance, part feminist critique from someone who describes herself as a comedian/booty shaker/chicky babe, and
highlights her body hair. I believe Tessa uses mascara on her moustache. She also wears sheer tights and has visible top-of-thigh-hair, which she points out is “just hair, just like the hair on your head, but not on your head”. If that makes you uncomfortable, perhaps you’re not the type of person who should be seeing this show. Then again, perhaps its time you dealt with your body hair issues, and so you’re exactly the type of person who should see this show.

And hey, once you embrace that, you’ll reap the rewards of a whole lot of bottom jiggling peppered with moments of raw emotional catharsis and a whole armoury of stupid and grotesque faces that’ll remind you of one of those rubber face puppets that you used to get in showbags in the 80s. I’m not sure if they’re still in showbags, because I haven’t got a showbag since the 80s.

Anyway, go see WOMANz undulating/heaving/jiggling/oozing. The last time I saw her perform the whole audience ended up on stage doing some sort of slow motion Beyonce dance move I can’t really remember, and wasn’t sure if it was meant to be happening, so who knows where the night might take you.

*because they’re salty… get it?

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Internode Fringe Favourites – Week 3 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/internode-fringe-favourites-week-3 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/internode-fringe-favourites-week-3#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:48:48 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21766 Check out the top 10 most favourited Fringe shows this week thanks to Internode Fringe Favourites:   Internode Fringe Favourites - Week 3

Arj Barker – Get In My Head

Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

Deception

Magicians and mentalists Matt Tarrant and Vinh Giang return to Gluttony for the must-be-seen-to-be-believed Deception: More Deceit

A Simple Space

Get up close and personal with one of Australia’s hottest acrobatic ensembles as they push their physical limits to near breaking-point. Stripped back and raw this is a mind-blowing performance not to be missed.

Luminous 

Enter the world of LUMINOUS where blacklight body art and circus collide to tell neon-lit stories, create magic and form impossible illusions. Leave logic behind and experience a spectacle where hand-painted performers bring their bodies-as-canvases to life.

Scotch and Soda

Some of Australia’s most thrilling acrobats (including Company 2’s Mozes, Chelsea McGuffin and David Carberry) are joined by percussionist and composer Ben Walsh (TomTom Crew) and the Crusty Suitcase Band for a whiskey-infused evening of raucous beats and dexterous feats.

Pants Down Circus ROCK!

This event showcases the incredible skill of four rock stars of Australian circus. Imagine the greatest rock band ever, as a circus. It’ll shake you all night long.

Philip Escoffey – Six Impossible Things Before Dinner

Mind boggling and utterly compelling, Philip challenges audience beliefs by performing six seemingly impossible feats of prediction and guesswork.

Jimmy McGhie (UK) Money, Sex, Love, Happiness

After huge success with Best of the Edinburgh Fest, critical acclaim for his 2014 Melbourne Show and sell out performances from London to Saigon, Jimmy’s fun and freewheeling always goes down a storm!r.

Velvet

Take a selection of dangerous acts of abandon, dance and live vocals, mix them together in a glamorous nightclub with the pulsating soundtrack of a discothèque and you have “Velvet” – the hottest new show on the global festival circuit! It’s sharp, sexy and raucous!

SOAP

Out of five bathtubs, a cast of acrobats splash about in choreographed majesty, rained on from sprinklers high above the stage. An opera singer offers soaring arias amid a chic soundtrack that morphs from Sia to Handel, Tool to Beethoven, The Beatles to Tchaikovsky, Goldfrapp to Rimsy-Korsakov.

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Explore Adelaide This Fringe http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/explore-adelaide-this-fringe http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/explore-adelaide-this-fringe#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:32:40 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21748 Literally experience something new! From a ghost tour to an art walk, explore a new part of the city this weekend!

Adelaide Art Walk

Adelaide Art Walk involves everything you could have asked for; art, food, wine, music, giveaways and a pretty damn good excuse of a street party!

Ghost Crime Tours

Guided tours of some of the most haunted and notorious crime scenes in South Australia, dating back to the 1800’s. Join a tour of the Adelaide CBD or Port Adelaide and hear about the historical underbelly of crime, those responsible and the ghosts left behind.

Magical Mystery Comedy Coach Tour

Unique day out in the countryside. Last year our comedians performed in a winery, Cleland kangaroo enclosure and Birdwood motor museum. Where will we end up this year?

Op Shop Tour

A guided tour through the best and brightest charity stores Adelaide has to offer, with your host sharing songs and stories of Op Shop treasures along the way.

Comedy Pub Crawl

Trust the Scots to come up with the ultimate night of comedy and drinking. A pub crawl with a twist. Form part of a gang stomping around 4 bars, a surprise top-class comedian in each venue.

Dotmaze: Get Lost

dotMaze is a giant outdoor interactive maze. Be delighted, confused and inspired as you ‘get lost’ in this unforgettable performance installation by dotComedy.

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Locked Out by Fringe Minx http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/locked-out-by-fringe-minx http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/talkfringe-blog/locked-out-by-fringe-minx#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:51:11 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21740 Locked Out…. EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW is the theme of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe. So with that in mind I set out to discover Ancient World and see a show by Fresh Antics. Located behind historic West’s Coffee Palace in Hindley St, Ancient World is entered via a lane, past parked cars and street art to a hidden courtyard festooned with coloured lights and plants. Down a few stairs and you’re in a bar and basement theatre, which is the perfect setting for a show about 2 characters locked in a basement. Fresh Antics live up to their name, delivering a fresh, quirky, highly entertaining performance. Well-acted, with lots of laughs, Locked Out is a snappy 30 minutes and great value at $13. A true fringe experience for those who dare to stray west from the Garden.

Thanks Minx

Big John

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Fringe Weekly Awards – Week 2 Winners http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/fringe-weekly-awards-week-2-winners http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/fringe-weekly-awards-week-2-winners#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:31:06 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21717 Fringe Weekly Awards

 

Week 2 Winners

AWARD VENUE
Best Cabaret:

Puddles Pity Party

Velvet

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Le CascadeurGarden of Unearthly Delights – The Vagabond
Best Children’s Presentation:

How we stopped the end of the world : The adventures of Broer & Zus (brother & sister)

Royal Croquet Club – The Black Box
Best Circus & Physical Theatre:

Scotch and Soda

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Aurora Spiegeltent
Best Comedy:

Celia Pacquola – Let Me Know How It All Works Out

 

Womanz

 Garden of Unearthly Delights – Studio 7Garden of Unearthly Delights – Campanile
Best Dance:

Hex

Royal Croquet Club – The Black Box
Best Music:

Tubular Bells for Two

Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Factory
Best Theatre:

Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany

Cut by Duncan Graham

 Gluttony – The BallyHolden Street Theatres – The Manse
Best Visual Art & Design:

tERRОЯ

 Australian Experimental Art Foundation
Nominee – John Chataway Innovation:

Cadence

 Channel 9 Kevin Crease Studios
Nominee –  Emerging Artist:

Penny Greenhalgh (Pop Pop)

Thom Jordan (We Are All)

 Tuxedo Cat – Rivers StudioHolden Street Theatres – The Arch
Nominee –  Eran Svigos Best Visual Art:

Simon Pericich (tERRОЯ)

 Australian Experimental Art Foundation 
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Internode Fringe Favourites – Week 2 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/internode-fringe-favourites-week-2 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/media-news/internode-fringe-favourites-week-2#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:40:48 +0000 http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/?p=21713 Check out the top 10 most favourited Fringe shows this week thanks to Internode Fringe Favourites:   Internode-Fringe-Favourites---Week-2

Arj Barker – Get In My Head

Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

Cal Wilson – Undercurrents

As seen on QI. Cal returns to Fringe with a brand new hour of stand-up reminding us all why she is one of Australia’s most popular comedians.

Her enormous talent as a stand-up comedian has lead to her appearing three times at the prestigious, invitation only, Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. She also returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 for the first time in ten years to rave reviews.

Dave Hughes: Pumped

As one of the biggest names in Australian comedy, Hughesy is a household name. After a massive year on the road Dave is sharper than ever, loving each and every stand up gig from the sold out concert halls to the tiny clubs – as long as there’s a mic and an audience he’s happy.

SOAP

Out of five bathtubs, a cast of acrobats splash about in choreographed majesty, rained on from sprinklers high above the stage. An opera singer offers soaring arias amid a chic soundtrack that morphs from Sia to Handel, Tool to Beethoven, The Beatles to Tchaikovsky, Goldfrapp to Rimsy-Korsakov.

Adelaide Night Markets

A lively, vibrant, exciting market featuring the flavours of the world – some of the best hawker food that the city has to offer.

A Simple Space

Get up close and personal with one of Australia’s hottest acrobatic ensembles as they push their physical limits to near breaking-point. Stripped back and raw this is a mind-blowing performance not to be missed.

A 20 Comics in 60 Minutes Laugh-A-Thon #2

In 2013 over 600 people in 2 sold-out shows, witnessed the Fringe’s fastest and funniest stand up comedy show. Well, we’re back with 20 new comics, a new venue and all new laughs.

LIMBO

The ultimate party, staged somewhere between heaven and hell, is back for a limited season with circus that’s wild, wicked and out of this world.

Bromance

Join one of the UK’s hottest new circus ensembles as they walk the line between the pugnacious and the poignant in this hilarious, bitter-sweet and down-right jaw-dropping celebration of everything blokey – where handshakes become handstands, and back-slaps become back-flips

Lawrence Mooney – Surely Not

Surely Not is my reaction to most of the shit I see. Come and hear me spew vitriol, it’ll be ace.

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