Theatre Reviews

The GraduateThe GraduateDavid Gauci

Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatre. 11 Oct 2018   Here’s to you, Matt Byrne for giving [ ... ]

Mamma Mia!Mamma Mia!Samela Harris

Michael Coppel, Louise Withers & Linda Bewick. Adelaide Festival Centre. Festival Theatre. 11 Oct [ ... ]

Game On 2Game On 2Samela Harris

Matt Grey. Holden Street Theatres. 2 Oct 2018   Here is a man who wanted to make a career out of [ ... ]

Phantom of the OperaPhantom of the OperaSamela Harris

Gilbert and Sullivant Society of SA. Arts Theatre. 28 Sep 2018   Wow. One is tempted to leave [ ... ]

Faith HealerFaith HealerSamela Harris

A Belvoir production presented by State Theatre Company. Space Theatre. 28 Sep 2018   Directed [ ... ]

Welcome the Bright WorldWelcome the Bright WorldSamela Harris

House of Sand in association with State Theatre Company of SA. Old Queen’s Theatre. 21 Sep 2018   From [ ... ]

SoloSoloDavid Grybowski

Flying Penguin Productions. Goodwood Theatre. 6 September 2018   Flying Penguin is airborne again [ ... ]

Rules for LivingRules for LivingSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The Arts Theatre. 1 Sep 2018   What on earth possessed The Rep, let [ ... ]

That Eye, The SkyThat Eye, The SkySamela Harris

State Theatre Company. Dunstan Playhouse. 31 Aug 2018   Ort is up his tree. In Geoff Cobham stage [ ... ]

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The MusicalPriscilla Queen of the Desert The MusicalSamela Harris

Festival Theatre. 23 Aug 2018   It felt like an earthquake, so great was the cacophonous thrill [ ... ]

The One Day Of The Year The One Day Of The Year David Grybowski

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 17 August 2018   Kerrin White has an eye for anniversaries. [ ... ]

The Man from EarthThe Man from EarthDavid O'Brien

Red Phoenix Theatre. The Bakehouse Theatre. 16 Aug 2018   Mystery, wonder, and excited questioning [ ... ]

The Mastersingers Of Nuremberg, Act IIIThe Mastersingers Of Nuremberg, Act IIIKym Clayton

State Opera Of South Australia. Festival Theatre. 4 Aug 2018   Performing anything for one night [ ... ]

The Goat or Who is Sylvia?The Goat or Who is Sylvia?Samela Harris

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 4 Aug 2018   Those eyes. Those eyes. Goats [ ... ]

Bring It On - the musicalBring It On - the musicalSamela Harris

Pelican Productions. Norwood Concert Hall. 2 Aug 2018   It’s a corny old American high school [ ... ]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeSamela Harris

National Theatre of Great Britain. Adelaide Entertainment Centre. 31 Jul 2018   Oh, what a set. [ ... ]

Old Wicked SongsOld Wicked SongsSamela Harris

Independent Theatre. Goodwood Theatre. 27 July 2018   Sadness and joy. Therein lies a balance so [ ... ]

CreditorsCreditorsSamela Harris

State Theatre Company. Space Theatre. 24 July 2018   As the audience sat numb, emotionally drained [ ... ]

TomfooleryTomfoolerySamela Harris

Loaded Productions. Marion Cultural Centre. 19 July 2018   No, Tom Lehrer is not dead.  He [ ... ]

Swan Lake on IceSwan Lake on IceSamela Harris

The Imperial Ice Stars. Adelaide Entertainment Centre. 18 Jul 2018   The Imperial Ice Stars take [ ... ]

We Will Rock YouWe Will Rock YouPaul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media. The Arts Theatre. 7 Jul 2018   The Arts theatre foyer is packed to overflowing [ ... ]

Brothers WreckBrothers WreckSamela Harris

State Theatre & Malthouse. Odeon Theatre. 6 Jul 2018   Never has there been a more gripping, [ ... ]

TwoTwoSamela Harris

STARC Productions. Bakehouse Theatre. 5 July 2018   A rising star on the professional sidelines [ ... ]

Libby O’DonovanLibby O’DonovanSamela Harris

Kate Leigh - The worst woman in Sydney. Cabaret Festival. The Space. 15 Jun 2018   What a ripper [ ... ]

Mark Holden’s Greatest Show on EarthMark Holden’s Greatest Show on EarthSamela Harris

Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 13 Jun 2018   Veteran Aussie rocker Mark Holden has seen a [ ... ]

Bosom BuddiesBosom BuddiesSamela Harris

Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 10 Jun 2018   As if the 2018 Cabaret Festival could not glitter [ ... ]

Holiday InnHoliday InnSamela Harris

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 9 Jun 2018   Blockbuster musicals rarely tour any more. [ ... ]

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Variety GalaAdelaide Cabaret Festival Variety GalaSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre. 8 Jun 2018. One night only   Oh, what a night. Such [ ... ]

Grow Old DisgracefullyGrow Old DisgracefullySamela Harris

Cabaret Fringe Festival. Pat Wilson & Adrian Barnes. Studio 166, Goodwood Institute. 7 Jun 2018   Adelaide [ ... ]

The Great Moscow CircusThe Great Moscow CircusSamela Harris

All New ExtremeShow. Wigley Reserve, Glenelg. 3 Jun 2018   Progress and animal rights have tried [ ... ]

Frank Forbes & the Yahoo BoyFrank Forbes & the Yahoo BoyDavid Grybowski

South Australian Playwrights Theatre. Bakehouse Theatre. 29 May 2018   Retired engineer Frank Forbes [ ... ]

SpamalotSpamalotDavid Grybowski

Marie Clark Musical Theatre. Arts Theatre. 26 May 2018   Spamalot was a hugely successful Broadway [ ... ]

Music Reviews

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 [ ... ]

A Time for HeroesA Time for HeroesKym Clayton

Master Series 6. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 21 Sep 2018   The programming [ ... ]

Ray Chen & Julien QuentinRay Chen & Julien QuentinKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 23 Aug 2018   Ray Chen is to the violin what Franz Liszt was to [ ... ]

Romantic RachmaninovRomantic RachmaninovKym Clayton

Master Series 5. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 17 Aug 2018   Maestro Nicholas [ ... ]

Bob DylanBob DylanSamela Harris

Australian Tour. Live in the Park at Bonython Park. 11 Aug 2018   In his Modern Times song, Spirit [ ... ]

Golberg VariationsGolberg VariationsKym Clayton

Australian Chamber Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 7 Aug 2018   Bach’s Goldberg Variations [ ... ]

Sumi Jo - Mad for LoveSumi Jo - Mad for LoveKym Clayton

Presented by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mckinnon and State Opera of South Australia, in association [ ... ]

Beethoven Widmann BeethovenBeethoven Widmann BeethovenKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 5 Jul 2018   It is a sandwich with a Widman filling, [ ... ]

Steven Isserlis Plays ShostakovichSteven Isserlis Plays ShostakovichKym Clayton

Australian Chamber Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 26 Jun 2018   Imagine living in fear that the [ ... ]

DeflectorDeflectorLuke Balzan

The Governor Hindmarsh. 23 Jun 2018   I’ve always got time for good rock music and for local [ ... ]

Melbourne Ska OrchestraMelbourne Ska OrchestraLuke Balzan

The Governor Hindmarsh. 22 Jun 2018 If you’re going to do something big, you may as well make [ ... ]

Beyond PicturesBeyond PicturesKym Clayton

Master Series 4. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 23 Jun 2018   Sibelius, Rachmaninov, [ ... ]

Grace & GrandeurGrace & GrandeurKym Clayton

Master Series 3. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 1 Jun 2018   In the third of [ ... ]

Album Review: Emily Davis – You, Me and the Velvet SeaAlbum Review: Emily Davis – You, Me and the Velvet...Luke Balzan

One of the most interesting aspects of being a music journo is discovering tunes that I otherwise would [ ... ]

Organ Symphony - Master Series 1Organ Symphony - Master Series 1Paul Rodda

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 6 Apr 2018   The audience is huge. There [ ... ]

Bernstein On StageBernstein On StageKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra In Assocation With Adelade Festival. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 16 Mar 2018   Bernstein [ ... ]

WOMADelaide 2018 - Gratte Ciel, Place des AngesWOMADelaide 2018 - Gratte Ciel, Place des AngesNicole Russo

Botanic Park. Foundation Stage. 11 Mar 2018   The ultimate moment of this year’s festival [ ... ]

WOMADelaide 2018 - Hypnotic Brass EnsembleWOMADelaide 2018 - Hypnotic Brass EnsembleNicole Russo

Botanic Park. Foundation Stage. 10 Mar 2018   Eight years after first appearing at WOMADelaide, [ ... ]

WOMADelaide 2018 - Jojo AbotWOMADelaide 2018 - Jojo AbotNicole Russo

Botanic Park. Stage 2. 10 Mar 2018   In a performance that stays with you, JoJo Abot is a blast [ ... ]

WOMADelaide 2018 - Anoushka ShankarWOMADelaide 2018 - Anoushka ShankarNicole Russo

Botanic Park. Foundation Stage. 9 Mar 2018   On the opening night of WOMADelaide 2018, Anoushka [ ... ]

Beethoven By BallotBeethoven By BallotKym Clayton

Selby & Friends. Elder Hall. 11 Mar 2018   Beethoven by Ballot is the first in Kathryn Selby’s [ ... ]

News & Opinion

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 [ ... ]

Reflection: Hamlet - The operaReflection: Hamlet - The operaSamela Harris

A Glyndebourne Festival Opera Production. Festival Theatre. Adelaide Festival 2018.   It is healthy [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Cinnamon ClubCinnamon ClubSamela Harris

Indian   The joy of a creative new restaurant is that it offers wild and glorious adventures right [ ... ]

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