Adelaide Fringe Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:34:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FringeTIX Assistant Ticketing Manager Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:05:12 +0000 FringeTIX Assistant Ticketing Manager

START DATE: 4 May 2015
END DATE: 24 June 2016

Adelaide Fringe, one of the biggest and most popular arts events in Australia, is seeking a FringeTIX Assistant Ticketing Manager.

Adelaide Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival run over four weeks in Adelaide, South Australia during February and March. Thousands of artists from around Australia and across the globe participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus & physical theatre, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.

The FringeTIX Assistant Ticketing Manager’s main role is to liaise with and provide support in all aspects of the day to day operations of the FringeTIX ticketing department and FringeTIX Management during the lead up to, and delivery of, Adelaide Fringe. This will include ensuring the smooth running of all FringeTIX box offices, FringeTIX suburban outlets, and the FringeTIX call centre and all internal and artist ticketing requirements. During the delivery of Adelaide Fringe, and in the lead up to, the FringeTIX Assistant Ticketing Manager will be required to work outside of normal business hours (weekends and evenings) including over the Christmas and New Year break.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an internationally renowned arts festival while enjoying working in an innovative, supportive and rewarding work environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To communicate effectively and professionally with artists and promoters and assist with all aspects of ticketing, including but not limited to; changing and adding price types, managing holds, managing and understanding split allocations, performing batch printing, issuing complimentary tickets and explaining ticketing fees & charges
  • Work collaboratively with, and provide on-going support to the FringeTIX Manager in all aspects of the business and in the absence of the FringeTIX Manager ensure the smooth and efficient running of the department
  • To prepare various box office documentation and procedures including but not limited to: -banking procedures, shift reconciliation process, hard ticket procedure’s and risk management
  • Assist with maintaining the operational day-to-day running of all aspects of FringeTIX and associated customer services
  • To liaise with customers and address customer complaints, providing Adelaide Fringe patrons with a high level of customer service and satisfactory resolutions

Download the position description here.

Applications close 23 April, 2015 at 5:00pm. 

Applicants must send in a 2 page Expression of Interest letter addressing your relevant experience and suitability for the role along with your current resume.
All applications to be addressed to Head of Operations, Adelaide Fringe.
All complete applications can then be sent to

Any further enquiries, check the position description or call 08 8100 2000.

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Adelaide Fringe Ticket Sales Up 21% Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:24:15 +0000 leah sirenThe 2015 Adelaide Fringe has been the most successful yet with previous box office records smashed.

Ticket sales have increased by 21 per cent compared to last year, with an estimated 540,860 tickets sold (447,000 sold in 2014) across the four-week festival.

More than 2 million people are also estimated to have attended this year’s event.

For the first time in the Fringe’s history approximately $13.3 million worth of tickets were sold, which is great news for artists and presenters who receive the majority of ticket sale revenue.

Adelaide Fringe Director Greg Clarke, who oversaw his fifth and final Fringe this year, attributed the resounding success to an impressive program of extraordinary events, an extensive marketing campaign, new and expanded venues and the amazing weather.

“This year’s Fringe has truly been the best yet. The high calibre of shows from local, national and international artists have brought audiences out in droves who have embraced this year’s theme of ‘Experience Something New’,” Mr Clarke said.

Through government and corporate support, the Fringe was once again able to deliver amazing free public events such as the Fringe Parade, the Fringe Funhouse in Rundle Mall, the Fringe Street Theatre Festival, The Sirens and Desert Fringe in Port Augusta.

A record 57,000 people lined King William St to see the spectacular Fringe Parade on opening night (up 90 per cent on the 2014 Parade) and a further 10,000 people descended on the East End to watch the world premiere of the stunning Sirens street ballet over the long weekend.

“The Fringe offers something for everyone’s tastes and budgets and we’re thrilled by the huge number of people who attended Fringe’s free events in the CBD and across the regions this year,” Mr Clarke said.

The outstanding quality of work presented in this year’s Fringe is evidenced by the 110 shows that were awarded four or more stars by The Advertiser. A massive 23 shows received five stars including cabaret smash hits Velvet, Meow Meow – Feline Intimate and Yana Alana – Between the Cracks, circus favourites Briefs: the Second Coming and La Soiree, theatre productions Blood at the Root and Eleanor’s Story and comedians Sam Simmons and Kitty Flanagan.

Mr Clarke also acknowledged Kitty Flanagan’s involvement as the 2015 Fringe Ambassador.

“Kitty has been a wonderful advocate of the Fringe, singing its praises interstate to help us spread the word about what a wonderful experience the Adelaide Fringe is,” he said.

Adelaide Fringe, the largest arts event in Australia, also cemented its reputation for showcasing exciting new work with 381 Australian premieres at this year’s festival.

Adelaide Fringe Chair David Minear said “the results of this year’s Fringe are certainly impressive any way you look at them”.

He attributed much of the success to Mr Clarke’s leadership, saying “Greg Clarke was an inspired choice five years ago and has proven to be an inspiring leader over that time”.

“He and the remarkable team he has put together have managed to go from success to success, Fringe after Fringe – five years in a row,” Mr Minear said.

“Certainly this year’s record-breaking Fringe underlines Greg’s talent, creativity, collaborative approach and hard work. Rightly so, his finger-prints are now indelibly and positively marked on the history of the Adelaide Fringe.”

Greg Clarke will return to Sydney in April to set up the new contemporary arts collective The Art Engineers that will focus on the creation of unique theatrical and visual art projects for festivals.

The Adelaide Fringe Board has appointed international documentary festival director and producer Heather Croall as Adelaide Fringe’s next Director and CEO.

Heather, who was born in England but raised in Whyalla, will return to Adelaide from England where she has been the Director and CEO of The Sheffield International Documentary Festival since 2006.

2015 Fringe Facts

• 2015 Adelaide Fringe featured more than 4000 artists, 1058 shows and 376 venues.

• The program featured 121 cabaret shows, 37 circus and physical theatre shows, 328 comedy events, 33 dance shows, six film events, 226 music events, 109 theatre productions, 93 art exhibitions, 57 children’s events and 48 special events.

• Adelaide Fringe produced 8 special free events, including the Fringe Parade, Fringe Funhouse in Rundle Mall, Fringe Street Theatre Festival, the Kaurna Sunrise Ceremony, Desert Fringe in Port Augusta, Hospital Hilarity, Fringe in Goolwa and The Sirens street ballet.

• 57,000 people lined King William St to watch the Fringe Parade on opening night.

• 10,000 people watched The Sirens street ballet in the East End over the March long weekend.

• 90 festival directors and arts venue presenters participated in Honey Pot, a program to support directors to buy artists’ shows for their festivals.

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2015 Fringe Awards Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:01:43 +0000 Adelaide Fringe Awards 2015



Yana Alana – Between the Cracks


Trash Test Dummies


Briefs: The Second Coming 


Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN  


Djuki Mala (The Chooky Dancers) 


Tubular Bells For Two


Fake it ’til you Make it by Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn


Translucent Shadows


Penny Greenhalgh- POP POP




Mira Oosterweghel- Uncomfortable Gesture 




Deception: More Deceit


The Awkward Years 


McNirt Hates Dirt




Blood at The Root by Dominique Morisseau


As judged by the Adelaide Critics Circle



The Colloquy of JG and the Girl – presented by Niki Rydon


Cut by Duncan Graham and performed by Hannah Norris

Sam Simmons – Spaghetti For Breakfast


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2015 Fringe Awards Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:00:45 +0000 0 Nikki Britton: The Other 3% Fri, 13 Mar 2015 01:21:08 +0000 8901_The-Other-3-Percent-guide_EFUL_GUIDE__EFUL_WEBWell, we’re nearing the end of fringe and the hellmouth is about to swallow us all up. Perhaps it’s time to collapse into some caring comedy arms and talk about monkeys for a while. Enter, Nikki Britton; a ray of sunshine that has somehow loosened itself from the clutches of the sun, physics and reality, been transformed by a witch into a stand up comedian and gathered some human baggage and hilarious stories along the way.

When she’s not doing her own comedy, most recently Ms Britton’s been traipsing about the country selling out the wildly popular one woman show ‘51 shades of Maggie Muff’, a kind of tongue in cheek working class ‘50 shades’ parody (duh) wrapped in leopard skin and set in Manchester. Because Nikki is not only a great comic, but an annoyingly good actor, with a range of accents and dance skills to boot. She also probably owns some boots. Let’s say she does.

Her latest show ‘The other 3%’ is about our relationship with apes, and who doesn’t love an ape-human relationship story? You don’t? Get out of here! What about Dunstan checks in? Everyone loves that movie.

‘The other 3%’ isn’t about a hotel-sheister orang-utan, because that’s already been done brilliantly, but it is about the DNA that we share with apes. If “science” is right, and we share 97% (which clearly includes the gene for appreciating five star hotels) of our DNA with Dunstan, then what is it in the other 3% that makes us human? I’m not going to tell you, that’s Nikki’s job. But to be honest it doesn’t really matter what her show is about, because you can trust it’ll be funny. Nikki’s shows are joyously silly, with the occasional touch of dancing and perhaps a little schmaltz thrown in for good measure.

So if you like to laugh… then you’re probably not a demon… except maybe that Demon in the Musical episode of Buffy, I seem to remember him laughing. So there. Wait,  sorry, I think I lost my train of thought. It’s the final week of Fringe and we’ve all lost a fair bit of memory, haven’t we? Like that episode of Buffy where willow puts the spell on Tara to make her forget they’ve had a fight and… oh that’s right. I remember what I was saying: If you like to laugh, then go see Nikki Britton, because she’s bloody hilarious. And lovely, and a little bit dark.

Oh the dark. It’d be nice to just sit in the dark for a while, wouldn’t it? I mean there was Clipsal and the festival, and the fringe, and then Womad, and wouldn’t you just like to sit in the dark while Nikki Britton tells you jokes about… anything. Anything Nikki. Please be gentle with us. We’re all a little fragile.

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Fringe Weekly Awards – Week 4 Winners Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:31:53 +0000 Fringe Weekly Awards


Week 4 Winners


Best Cabaret:

Michael Griffiths – Adolescent 

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Deluxe
Best Children’s Presentation:

Trash Test Dummies

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Le Cascadeur 
Best Circus & Physical Theatre:

Pants Down Circus ROCK!

Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Factory
Best Comedy:

Hannah Gadsby – Donkey

Luisa Omielan’s What Would Beyonce Do?!


ComedySuperNova – Mars RoomGarden of Unearthly Delights – Studio 7Royal Croquet Club – The Black Box
Best Dance:



The Edments BuildingGarden of Unearthly Delights – Aurora Spiegeltent
Best Music:

The Audreys

Garden of Unearthly Delights – Aurora Spiegeltent
Best Theatre:

We may have to choose

Icarus Falling

This Is Not A Love Song

Tuxedo Cat – Rivers StudioTuxedo Cat – Cusack TheatreTuxedo Cat – Perske Pavilion
Best Visual Art & Design:

Theatre of Detail

Gray Street Workshop Gallery
Nominee – John Chataway Innovation:

White Rabbit Red Rabbit



Royal Croquet Club – The RastelliIntercontinental Plaza
Nominee –  Emerging Artist:

Daniel Cabrera – Who Is Dani Cabs?

Thomas Worrell – Briefs: The Second Coming

Tuxedo Cat – Cusack TheatreRoyal Croquet Club – The Menagerie
Nominee –  Eran Svigos Best Visual Art:

Mariana Mezic – Lines of Recall: an exhibition of life-size drawings of WWI soldiers

Flinders Medical Centre – Promenade Gallery A, Level 2
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Internode Fringe Favourites – Week 4 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 03:36:16 +0000 Check out the top 10 most favourited Fringe shows this week thanks to Internode Fringe Favourites:   Internode Fringe Favourites - Week 4

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.


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


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!


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.

Best of Fringe Variety

5 acts in 1! Check out the Fringe with 5 completely different types of act every night in a slick, fun show. It’s an ever changing lineup, open to any good quality act from any genre of entertainment.


Ensemble juggling seems a ludicrous proposition – unless you’re supremely talented. Add a comedic edge, the elegant dance of gymnastic movement and a devilish sense of mischief to proceedings, and the performances of Gandini Juggling become seriously compelling for a disbelieving audience.

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.


Three acrobatic and enthusiastic scientists attempt to create the elixir of life. The mayhem that follows is the perfect mix where physical comedy meets physical prowess.

Trash Test Dummies

This award winning, sidesplitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump truck full of hilarity!


My name is Akmal, I’m a comedian, although the term comedian is highly subjective. Believe it or not, many people don’t find me funny – this includes members of my own family:



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Girls Night Out* Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:08:49 +0000 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.


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!


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 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:30:06 +0000 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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:35:00 +0000 Fringe Weekly Awards


Week 3 Winners


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:



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:



Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Factory

Best Theatre:

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




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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