Theatre Reviews

Almost Face To FaceAlmost Face To FaceSamela Harris

Stephen House. Bakehouse Theatre. 4 Dec 2019   When Stephen House describes himself as “an [ ... ]

The War on 2019 – Live!The War on 2019 – Live!David Grybowski

chaser.com.au and theshovel.com.au. Arts Theatre. 30 Nov 2019   Adelaide doesn’t always get [ ... ]

West Side StoryWest Side StoryPaul Rodda

BB Group Production presented by Opera Australia and CWB Entertainment. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 30 [ ... ]

Return to the VillageReturn to the VillageArna Eyers-White

Noel Lothian Hall, Botanic Gardens. 23 Nov 2019   ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, [ ... ]

Mrs Warren’s ProfessionMrs Warren’s ProfessionDavid Grybowski

Independent Theatre. Goodwood Theatre. 15 Nov 2019   George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) didn’t [ ... ]

Beyond Reasonable DoubtBeyond Reasonable DoubtSamela Harris

St Jude’s Players. St Jude’s Hall. 16 Nov 2019   Where did that time go? Suddenly [ ... ]

#nofilter#nofilterDavid Grybowski

Velvet Chase Productions. Scot's Church. 14 November 2019   The Scot's Church is a friend of the [ ... ]

A Christmas CarolA Christmas CarolSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 15 Nov 2019   There’s nothing like ending the [ ... ]

Madama ButterflyMadama ButterflyKym Clayton

State Opera Of South Australia. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 14 Nov 2019   With a lush score by Giacomao [ ... ]

Black is the New WhiteBlack is the New WhiteSamela Harris

Sydney Theatre Company presented by State Theatre Company of South Austraia. Dunstan Playhouse. 14 Nov [ ... ]

The MikadoThe MikadoKym Clayton

State Opera Of South Australia. Festival Theatre. 13 Nov 2019   At their very essence, the operettas [ ... ]

Nunsense A-Men!Nunsense A-Men!David Grybowski

Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatres. 9 Nov 2019   Writer Dan Goggin sounds like a fun guy [ ... ]

Assassins A MusicalAssassins A MusicalDavid Grybowski

Hills Musical Company. Stirling Community Theatre. 8 Nov 2019   With music and lyrics by Stephen [ ... ]

Once Upon A MattressOnce Upon A MattressDavid Grybowski

Marie Clark Musical Theatre. The Goodwood Institute. 26 Oct 2019   One does not share director [ ... ]

The ForgettoryThe ForgettorySamela Harris

Tracey Crisp. Bakehouse Theatre. 25 Oct 2019   “The paradox of the universal being entirely [ ... ]

The VillageThe VillageSamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. Festival Theatre. 25 Oct 2019   Breathtaking in its scale, this mighty Taiwanese [ ... ]

The SplitThe SplitSamela Harris

House of Sand, Rumpus Theatre. 23 Oct 2019   In calm waters, drifting gently around at anchor, [ ... ]

Beyond Skin - RevisitedBeyond Skin - RevisitedMurray Bramwell

Nitin Sawhney. OzAsia Festival. Festival Theatre. 18 Oct 2019   Nitin Sawhney is surely some kind [ ... ]

Siti NurhalizaSiti NurhalizaSamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. Festival Theatre. 18 Oct 2019   Never has there been a sight like it in the Festival [ ... ]

LightLightSamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. Nexus. 18 Oct 2019   As a new work based on the story of this city’s founding [ ... ]

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneSamela Harris

STARC Productions. Bakehouse Theatre. 11 Oct 2019   As two middle-aged and unbeautiful people, [ ... ]

The 39 StepsThe 39 StepsSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. 4 Oct 2019   Three cheers for revivals. For those [ ... ]

Madeline LeeMadeline LeeKym Clayton

State Opera of South Australia. State Opera Studio. 4 Oct 2019   Madeline Lee is the third in the [ ... ]

Kinky Boots Kinky Boots Samela Harris

Gilbert & Sullivan  Society. The Arts Theatre. 26 Sep 2019
Drag queens wear very high heels. [ ... ]

Brilliant TracesBrilliant TracesSamela Harris

Joh Hartog Productions . Bakehouse Theatre. 25 Sep 2019
“Don’t step in the snow,” [ ... ]

Girl AsleepGirl AsleepSamela Harris

Windmill Theatre. The Space. Festival Centre. 21 Sep 2019   Live theatre is as amorphous as the [ ... ]

In The HeightsIn The HeightsDavid Grybowski

Pelican Productions.  The Arts Theatre.  14 Sep 2019   New York Latino-type Lin-Manuel [ ... ]

Look Back in AngerLook Back in AngerSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 29 Aug 2019   Almost from Adam Tuominen’s first [ ... ]

Jasper JonesJasper JonesSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. 24 Aug 2019   Ailsa Paterson’s set for State [ ... ]

Dividing the EstateDividing the EstateSamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre. Holden Street Theatres. 23 Aug 2019   Predatory descendants and an elderly [ ... ]

An Inspector CallsAn Inspector CallsSamela Harris

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 14 Aug 2019   One has to love Therry for keeping alive the [ ... ]

Girls’ Night OutGirls’ Night OutKym Clayton

State Opera of South Australia. Adelaide Town Hall. 9 Aug 2019   If audience reaction is the yard [ ... ]

Things I Know to be TrueThings I Know to be TrueSamela Harris

St Jude’s Players. St Jude’s Hall. 8 Aug 2019   If ever a hike down to Brighton was [ ... ]

JerusalemJerusalemSamela Harris

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 4 Aug 2019 Matinee   If ever a play came [ ... ]

Christina’s WorldChristina’s WorldKym Clayton

State Opera Of South Australia. State Opera Studio. 2 Aug 2019   Christina’s World is the [ ... ]

ZoomZoomSamela Harris

Patch Theatre. Space Theatre. 27 Jul 2019   “Take care of the light and the light will take [ ... ]

A Night at the TheatreA Night at the TheatreSamela Harris

STARC productions. Bakehouse Theatre. 18 Jul 2019   The absurdist plays of American, David Ives are [ ... ]

A View from the BridgeA View from the BridgeSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. 16 Jul 2019   There are those nights in the theatre [ ... ]

The Double BassThe Double BassSamela Harris

Bakehouse Theatre. 10 July 2019   There on the black Bakehouse stage stands the blondewood double [ ... ]

Strictly Ballroom The MusicalStrictly Ballroom The MusicalPaul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media. Arts Theatre. 9 Jul 2019   In 1992 Australian screens were graced with an unlikely [ ... ]

I Forgot to Remember to ForgetI Forgot to Remember to ForgetSamela Harris

No Strings Attached. Space Theatre. 3 Jul 2019   With one of the most interesting titles in showbiz,  [ ... ]

The Book of MormonThe Book of MormonSamela Harris

Festival Theatre. 29 Jun   It is hard to dislike Mormons.   Of all the religious, they seem [ ... ]

Tender NapalmTender NapalmDavid Grybowski

Scuti Productions. Holden Street Theatres. 21 Jun 2019   English writer and playwright Philip Ridley’s [ ... ]

A Rational FearA Rational FearSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Blue Room. 20 Jun 2019   If one thought the days were over when [ ... ]

Spontaneous BroadwaySpontaneous BroadwaySamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Blue Room. 20 June 2019   Improv is alive and well. Devilishly so. [ ... ]

The Teensey TopThe Teensey TopSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Nicci Wilks. QBE Cabaret Lounge. 20 Jun 2019   The smallest show in [ ... ]

Dickie Beau UnpluggedDickie Beau UnpluggedDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 19 Jun 2019   Dickie Beau straggles through the red [ ... ]

Larissa McGowan - CherLarissa McGowan - CherDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Adelaide Festival Centre and Vitalstatistix. Space Theatre. 19 Jun 2019   While [ ... ]

Music Reviews

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 [ ... ]

Freedom & JoyFreedom & JoyKym Clayton

Master Series 10. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town hall. 16 Nov 2018   If you had never [ ... ]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in ConcertHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concer...Samela Harris

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Entertainment Centre. 10 Nov 2018   Hindmarsh swarmed with Harry Potters, [ ... ]

FirebirdFirebirdKym Clayton

Master Series 9. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 2 Nov 2018   The ninth in this [ ... ]

Ilya Gringolts Plays PaganiniIlya Gringolts Plays PaganiniKym Clayton

Australian Chamber Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 2 Oct 2018   Ilya Gringolts is an electrifying [ ... ]

Love And WarLove And WarKym Clayton

Master Series No 7. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 28 Sep 2018   Expressions [ ... ]

Borodin QuartetBorodin QuartetKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 27 Sep 2018   The first tour of the celebrated Borodin Quartet [ ... ]

AnniversariesAnniversariesKym Clayton

Corinthian Singers of Adelaide. St John’s Anglican Church. 23 Sep 2018   This was my first [ ... ]

News & Opinion

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 [ ... ]

Interview: Mark Holden’s life of CircusInterview: Mark Holden’s life of CircusSamela Harris

Mark Holden has circus in his blood.   He is, he reveals, descended from a one-legged trapeze artist [ ... ]

Interview: Ali McGregor; A heart full of CabaretInterview: Ali McGregor; A heart full of CabaretSamela Harris

Ali McGregor has stolen our hearts - and we, it seems, have stolen hers.   The Cabaret Festival [ ... ]

Interview: DeLaine and Raymond side by side, by Side ShowInterview: DeLaine and Raymond side by side, by Si...Paul Rodda

Side Show. The Hills Musical Company. The Stirling Theatre. 15 Apr 2018   Side Show the musical [ ... ]

Interview: Grug & the RainbowInterview: Grug & the RainbowSamela Harris

Funny little Grug, who grew from fallen a bit of an Aussie Baobab tree, has risen into an international [ ... ]

Story: Frankenstein’s Creature gets a good RepStory: Frankenstein’s Creature gets a good RepSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The Arts Theatre. 18 Mar 2018   Frankenstein’s Creature is alive [ ... ]

Story: Heavenly Festival closes for 2018Story: Heavenly Festival closes for 2018Paul Rodda

Adapted from Media Release. 13 Mar 2018   WOMADelaide 2018 wrapped up on Monday 12th March after [ ... ]

Lifestyle Reviews

Adelaide Beer & BBQ FestivalAdelaide Beer & BBQ FestivalLuke Balzan

Adelaide Showgrounds, 28 Jul to 30 Jul 17   Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t mind the [ ... ]

McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic 2017McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic 2017Luke Balzan

Main Street & Various Wineries, 2 Apr 2017   The pairing of an alcoholic beverage and motoring [ ... ]

Adelaide Chrysler FestivalAdelaide Chrysler FestivalLuke Balzan

Urrbrae Agricultural College, Fri Mar 24 – Sun Mar 26   It may seem unusual to be reviewing [ ... ]

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