Theatre Reviews

Les MisérablesLes MisérablesKym Clayton

Adelaide Youth Theatre. Influencers Theatre. 16 Jan 2021.   Adelaide Youth Theatre’s (AYT) [ ... ]

SkylightSkylightSamela Harris

Verendus Theatre with Red Phoenix and Holden Street Theatres. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres. 14 Jan [ ... ]

One Man, Two GuvnorsOne Man, Two GuvnorsSamela Harris

Blue Sky Theatre and Open Gardens SA. In the Garden. Crozier Hill, Victor Harbor. 8 Jan 2021   All [ ... ]

Room on the BroomRoom on the BroomArna Eyers-White

CDP Kids. Dunstan Playhouse. 20 Dec 2020   Julia Donaldson’s books are familiar to most parents [ ... ]

The Bleeding TreeThe Bleeding TreeSamela Harris

Theatre Republic. Ngunyawayiti Theatre, Tandanya. 12 Dec 2020   There is no outside world. There [ ... ]

A Bright New BoiseA Bright New BoiseSamela Harris

Adelaide College of the Arts Acting, Design and Technical Students Stables Theatre, TAFE, Light Square. [ ... ]

The RivalsThe RivalsSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 4 Dec 2020   It seems the old Rep is old no more. Throughout [ ... ]

RipcordRipcordSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse 28 Nov 2020   Ripcord director Mitchell Butel stated [ ... ]

Same SameSame SameSamela Harris

No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability & Diverse Abilities Dance Collective, DADC (Singapore). Adelaide [ ... ]

The Odd CoupleThe Odd CoupleSamela Harris

Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatres. 6 Nov 2020   What a tonic. Matt Byrne is giving us just [ ... ]

A Promenade of ShortsA Promenade of ShortsSamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres. 22 Oct 2020.   How to get a full audience when [ ... ]

Moana JuniorMoana JuniorArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Theatre Academy. Goodwood Institute Hall. Sea Cast. 7 Oct 2020   For this generation, [ ... ]

GaslightGaslightSamela Harris

State Theatre Company. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 8 Sep 2020   There's a delicious, loving [ ... ]

Virtual Theatre: The Mystic Dr DrakeVirtual Theatre: The Mystic Dr DrakeSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The Mystic Dr Drake Radio Plays! A 3-part series. YouTube   Here comes [ ... ]

Decameron 2.0 Part 2Decameron 2.0 Part 2Samela Harris

Episode Two: Those Who Find Happiness After Suffering   Boccaccio’s The Decameron was [ ... ]

Decameron 2.0Decameron 2.0Samela Harris

Those Who Make Sacrifices. State Theatre of SA and ActNow Theatre. YouTube. Jul 2020   Hiding from [ ... ]

Rattling the KeysRattling the KeysSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Online Production via YouTube. 28 Jun 2020   You can’t keep [ ... ]

Breaking the WavesBreaking the WavesKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Opera Ventures, Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera & Théâtre national [ ... ]

Atomic – The New Rock MusicalAtomic – The New Rock MusicalDavid Grybowski

★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Platform Academy. Nexus Arts – Lions Arts Centre. 12 Mar 2020   If [ ... ]

Fire GardensFire GardensDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Festival. Compagnie Carabosse. Adelaide Botanic Garden. 12 Mar 2020   French artistic [ ... ]

The Carole King & James Taylor StoryThe Carole King & James Taylor StoryDavid Grybowski

Night Owl Shows. Masonic – Phoenix Room at Gluttony. 3 Mar 2020   Night Owl [ ... ]

Dead Men TalkingDead Men TalkingArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Fringe. The Spiegeltent. 7 Mar 2020   The War of Words between Andrew Barton [ ... ]

Dead Gorgeous - A True Crime Clown ShowDead Gorgeous - A True Crime Clown ShowSamela Harris

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Madness of Two. Rumpus. 8 Mar 2020   It’s the Fringe and anything [ ... ]

The Sound of HistoryThe Sound of HistoryKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Festival Theatre. 7 Mar 2020.   This year marks [ ... ]

Trois Grandes FuguesTrois Grandes FuguesKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Lyon Opera Ballet. Festival Theatre. 7 Mar 2020.   Trois Grandes Fugues is a [ ... ]

Mr Snotbottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really, Bad, Bad ShowMr Snotbottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really...Alex Wheaton

Adelaide Fringe. Mark Trenwith. The Factory, Garden Of Unearthly Delights. 8 Mar 2020   Let’s [ ... ]

Peter PanPeter PanSamela Harris

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Adelaide Theatre Academy. Norwood Concert Hall. 7 Mar 2020   With [ ... ]

MouthpieceMouthpieceSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Australian Premiere. Traverse Theatre Company. Odeon Theatre. 6 Mar 2020   Whose [ ... ]

The Loneliest WomanThe Loneliest WomanDavid Grybowski

★★★ Palmerston Projects Pty Ltd – Spoken Word. Star Theatres – Star Theatre Two. 6 [ ... ]

Eric In TinkerlandEric In TinkerlandDavid Grybowski

★★★ Derek Tickner. The Griffins Hotel – The Sky Room. 5 Mar 2020   Since debuting [ ... ]

Leather Lungs: Yas Queen!Leather Lungs: Yas Queen!Kym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Presented by Ben Anderson. The Parlour at Gluttony. 5 Mar 2020.   Jason [ ... ]

Cold BloodCold BloodSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Michele Ann De Mey, Jaco Van Dormael and Kiss & Cry Collective. Ridley Centre. [ ... ]

Leo Kearse: TransgressiveLeo Kearse: TransgressiveKym Clayton

★★★★ Leo Kearse. Adelaide Fringe Festival. The Sky Room at The Griffins Hotel. 5 March 2020.   ‘Transgressive’, [ ... ]

(Mis)Conceive(Mis)ConceiveAlex Wheaton

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Karul Projects. Ngunyawayiti Space (Tandanya Theatre). 5 Mar 2020   Let’s [ ... ]

The Final Hours HourThe Final Hours HourDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Fringe. Ben Volchok. Holden Street Theatres. 4 Mar 2020   There has been [ ... ]

MengeleMengeleKym Clayton

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Smokescreen Productions. The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall. [ ... ]

Larry Dean – FudnutLarry Dean – FudnutKym Clayton

Adelaide Fringe. Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Adelaide Fringe Festival. [ ... ]

Uke SpringsteenUke SpringsteenArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Fringe. Grace Emily Hotel . 3 Mar 2020   Opening his show in the small performance [ ... ]

27 G&Ts @ The Prohibition27 G&Ts @ The ProhibitionArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Fringe. Allegria. 1 Mar 2020   Not sure where the 27 comes from, as this female [ ... ]

Moby DickMoby DickDavid Grybowski

Grist To The Mill. The Bakehouse Theatre. 2 Mar 2020   “Thar she blows!” [ ... ]

Between Two CitiesBetween Two CitiesDavid Grybowski

Nick Power. Lion Arts Factory. 2 Mar 2020   The Lion Arts Factory was the perfect venue to attend [ ... ]

Who is the Ukulele Dream Girl?Who is the Ukulele Dream Girl?Arna Eyers-White

Adelaide Fringe. The Bally, Gluttony. 28 Feb 20   In her first solo show, Phi Theodoros [ ... ]

BalloonaticsBalloonaticsArna Eyers-White

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Chris Henry. Belgian Beer Café Oostende. 1 Mar 2020   Balloon [ ... ]

Black VelvetBlack VelvetDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Festival. Shamel Pitts & Mirelle Martins. Odeon Theatre. 29 February 2020   One of [ ... ]

Mad Max meets The Shaolin AfronautsMad Max meets The Shaolin AfronautsDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Festival. The Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre. 29 Feb 2020   This one-off performance [ ... ]

Cock Cock…Who’s There?Cock Cock…Who’s There?David Grybowski

Adelaide Festival. Main Theatre, AC Arts. 29 Feb 2020 Samira Elagoz was born in Helsinki in 1989 and [ ... ]

The Circus FiremenThe Circus FiremenAlex Wheaton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Ukiyo, Gluttony. 1 Mar 2020   Two guys, the brothers Angus and Matilda, [ ... ]

The Will To BeThe Will To BeKym Clayton

★★★★1/2 Mark Salvestro & BCauseARTS. Bakehouse Theatre. 29 Feb 2020.   Written and [ ... ]

Music Reviews

Composer & Citizen 3Composer & Citizen 3Kym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Heath Quartet. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 9 Mar 2020.   The third and final concert [ ... ]

Composer and Citizen 2Composer and Citizen 2Kym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Heath Quartet. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 8 Mar 2020.   Composer and Citizen 2 [ ... ]

Hidden SecretsHidden SecretsKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Hill, Macfarlane, Dundas & Ludovico’s Band and Chorus. Ukaria Cultural Centre. [ ... ]

One Among ManyOne Among ManyKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Marwood, Valve & Cassomenos. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 8 Mar 2020.   The combination [ ... ]

Garrick OhlssonGarrick OhlssonKym Clayton

Musica Viva & Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Town Hall. 2 Mar 2020.   Garrick Ohlsson is an authoritative [ ... ]

A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two CitiesKym Clayton

Selby and Friends. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide. 1 Mar 2020.   Selby and Friends concerts [ ... ]

Master Series 1: The Adventure BeginsMaster Series 1: The Adventure BeginsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 8 Feb 2020   With its majestic and upbeat opening [ ... ]

Skride Piano QuartetSkride Piano QuartetKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 7 Nov 2019   The Skride Piano Quartet is a relatively new ensemble [ ... ]

Master Series 8: New WorldsMaster Series 8: New WorldsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 27 Sep 2019   It is uncommon, even difficult, [ ... ]

Master Series 7: Idyllic VisionsMaster Series 7: Idyllic VisionsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 6 Sep 2019   On a cold early spring evening, hearts [ ... ]

Heah, Roose & MansfieldHeah, Roose & MansfieldKym Clayton

Concerts @ Kent Town. Wesley Uniting Church, Kent Town. 14 Aug 2019   There is much to like about [ ... ]

The Choir Of King’s College, CambridgeThe Choir Of King’s College, CambridgeKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 22 Jul 2019   The famed Choir of King’s College, Cambridge [ ... ]

Master Series 5: Faith & BeautyMaster Series 5: Faith & BeautyKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 12 July 2019   The fifth Master Series concert [ ... ]

Thunder & LightningThunder & LightningKym Clayton

Adelaide Wind Orchestra. Concordia College. 6 Jul 2019   If a concert is successful, then part [ ... ]

Master Series 4: Winter FireMaster Series 4: Winter FireKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 28 Jun 2019   The fourth concert in the ASO’s [ ... ]

From The Mists Of TimeFrom The Mists Of TimeKym Clayton

Master Series 1. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 29 Mar 2019   Nicholas Carter, [ ... ]

Beethoven & ProkofievBeethoven & ProkofievKym Clayton

Australian Chamber Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 19 Mar 2019   In this particular tour, the Australian [ ... ]

Natalie Clein & Katya ApekishevaNatalie Clein & Katya ApekishevaKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 7 Mar 2019   Natalie Clein (cello) and Katya Apekisheva (piano) [ ... ]

Haydn Winkelman SibeliusHaydn Winkelman SibeliusKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 21 Feb 2019   The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) [ ... ]

Arvo Pärt & Js BachArvo Pärt & Js BachKym Clayton

Australian Chamber Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 12 Feb 2019   Apart from displays of superb musicianship [ ... ]

The Flying Dutchman SessionsThe Flying Dutchman SessionsKym Clayton

Ensemble Galante. Adelaide Fringe Festival. La Bohème. 15 Feb 2019   What would a group [ ... ]

Season Opening GalaSeason Opening GalaKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Festival Theatre. 2 Feb 2019   If a gala concert is meant to be something [ ... ]

Northern LightsNorthern LightsKym Clayton

Intervarsity Choral Festival. St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide. 19 Jan 2019   Singing [ ... ]

Olafur ArnaldsOlafur ArnaldsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Dunstan Playhouse. 4 Dec 2018   Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds [ ... ]

News & Opinion

Story: Claire Della and the Moon prepares to LaunchStory: Claire Della and the Moon prepares to Launc...Samela Harris

Move over Little Prince. Claire Della is coming to the sky.   She’s using a ladder and she [ ... ]

Story: COVID Theatre Sees S.A. Lead The WayStory: COVID Theatre Sees S.A. Lead The WaySamela Harris

South Australia leads the way - again.   From a world of confused, demoralised, and struggling [ ... ]

Story: Her Majesty's Theatre; Stunningly New, Resplendently VacantStory: Her Majesty's Theatre; Stunningly New, Resp...Samela Harris

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide’s new triumph of the arts, has been one of the great victims [ ... ]

Interview: Dave Brown; Patching the PaperBoatsInterview: Dave Brown; Patching the PaperBoatsSamela Harris

The man is indomitable. The only thing that Dave Brown may have failed at is retirement. He lasted about [ ... ]

Interview: Orang Orang Drumming up Crowds at Womadelaide 2020Interview: Orang Orang Drumming up Crowds at Womad...Samela Harris

As you let the fantastical throbbing of Orang Orang’s mighty drumming ensemble thrill your core [ ... ]

Interview: Gavin Robertson for Fringe 2020Interview: Gavin Robertson for Fringe 2020Samela Harris

Is it bravery or chutzpah that brings a flow of astonishing solo performers to our city each year? If [ ... ]

Interview: Nouvelle Vague opens AFC 2020 SeasonInterview: Nouvelle Vague opens AFC 2020 SeasonSamela Harris

There is nothing “vague” about Nouvelle Vague. Marc Collin, co-founder with Olivier Libaux [ ... ]

Interview: Train Lord Departing for the Adelaide FringeInterview: Train Lord Departing for the Adelaide F...Samela Harris

All life is fair game out there for the visiting wonderland of Fringe-Festival performers and no subject [ ... ]

Interview: Tale of a Dark MasterInterview: Tale of a Dark MasterSamela Harris

The Dark Master’s creative master is Kuro Tanino among whose claims to fame is that of being a prankster. [ ... ]

Interview: CONTACT with Kiah GossnerInterview: CONTACT with Kiah GossnerSamela Harris

Composer and Producer   Kiah Gossner is the new kid on the block in South Australian music. And [ ... ]

Interview: Shedding Light on Light at OzAsiaInterview: Shedding Light on Light at OzAsiaSamela Harris

Thomas Henning is braced for his OzAsia work to be contentious.   In collaboration with Malaysian [ ... ]

Interview: A View from SA’s HistoryInterview: A View from SA’s HistorySamela Harris

Words and reflections by Samela Harris.   So much changes and yet stays the same.  It was [ ... ]

Story: South Australia Pioneering with Festival SuccessesStory: South Australia Pioneering with Festival Su...Samela Harris

With eleven wildly successful festivals ratcheting up records for the state economy, Adelaide has taken [ ... ]

Interview: Julia Zemiro’s CabFest ArrivesInterview: Julia Zemiro’s CabFest ArrivesSamela Harris

It is out! At last. The Cabaret Festival program is public. We can start booking our seats. Phew. And [ ... ]

Interview: The Club that Leong BuiltInterview: The Club that Leong BuiltSamela Harris

State Theatre Company. 30 Mar 2019   The winds of change have blown a gale on the world of Aussie [ ... ]

Story: 35 Years Young and IndependentStory: 35 Years Young and IndependentPaul Rodda

With the alarming flight of time, suddenly a big birthday has come around for the Independent Theatre [ ... ]

Interview: Thrones! The musical Parody, it’s no Game!Interview: Thrones! The musical Parody, it’s no Ga...Paul Rodda

Presented by Spark Creative.   Now in its fifth year, and returning to the Adelaide Fringe for [ ... ]

Interview: Yohai Cohen QuintetInterview: Yohai Cohen QuintetSamela Harris

Last time Yohai Cohen was at WOMADelaide, he was just one voice in Ensemble Piyut, a large male Jewish [ ... ]

Interview: Derek Tickner Tinkers in TinkeringsInterview: Derek Tickner Tinkers in TinkeringsDavid Grybowski

Derek Tickner. Broadcast Bar.   Direct to Adelaide from his most recent engagement at the hip [ ... ]

Interview: Belperio Under The MicroscopeInterview: Belperio Under The MicroscopeKym Clayton

“Roll up one, and roll up all! // For an announcement I pronounce // Meant to amuse and inform! [ ... ]

Interview: Silkroad Ensemble for WOMADelaide 2019Interview: Silkroad Ensemble for WOMADelaide 2019Samela Harris

Deciding on what ingredients should constitute a concert performance is not unlike arranging a fine dinner [ ... ]

Story: Adelaide Cabaret Festival Announce Early ReleasesStory: Adelaide Cabaret Festival Announce Early Re...Paul Rodda

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival have announced a taste of their June 2019 programme with the release of [ ... ]

Interview: Las Cafeteras for WOMAD 2019Interview: Las Cafeteras for WOMAD 2019Samela Harris

It’s funny the way things happen. Lives as travelling musicians were never a future envisaged by [ ... ]

Interview: Fatoumata Diawara for WOMAD 2019Interview: Fatoumata Diawara for WOMAD 2019Paul Rodda

Malian singer songwriter Fatoumata Diawara will once again grace Australia’s shores when she takes [ ... ]

Story: Lott Grounded at Holden StreetStory: Lott Grounded at Holden StreetDavid Grybowski

Holden Street Theatres. Holden Street Theatres – The Arch.   While all weapons present moral [ ... ]

Story: 2 Cats On A Hot Fringe Roof  Story: 2 Cats On A Hot Fringe Roof Paul Rodda

Chalk and cheese doesn’t begin to describe them. Steve Davis is a thorough man. He believes in [ ... ]

Story: #UsTwo PreviewStory: #UsTwo PreviewSamela Harris

Here comes the Fringe you have before you have a Fringe - or at least a piece of theatrical fun and games [ ... ]

Interivew: 24.One Takes Two with  24.TwoInterivew: 24.One Takes Two with 24.TwoSamela Harris

As if we don’t get thrills enough from the vitality of Adelaide theatre life, we’re now faced [ ... ]

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: 2019 Season LaunchAdelaide Symphony Orchestra: 2019 Season LaunchKym Clayton

Adelaide Town Hall. 30 August 2018   This week the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – affectionately [ ... ]

Interview: House of Sand’s Welcome to the Bright WorldInterview: House of Sand’s Welcome to the Bright W...Samela Harris

It was back in the vivid Adelaide theatre days of the 1980s that the great Australian playwright Stephen [ ... ]

Interview: The Season, Country Arts on tourInterview: The Season, Country Arts on tourSamela Harris

Still, after all these years, most white Australians know pitifully little about Aboriginal culture. But, [ ... ]

Story: Melbourne Ska Orchestra - One Year Of SkaStory: Melbourne Ska Orchestra - One Year Of SkaLuke Balzan

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Nicky Bomba in all his various musical guises. One of [ ... ]

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