Theatre Reviews

The School for Scandal in the GardenThe School for Scandal in the GardenSamela Harris

Blue Sky Theatre and Open Gardens Australia. Crozier Hill. 12 Jan 2018   The surroundings could [ ... ]

Rocky Horror - Dramatic Re-ReviewRocky Horror - Dramatic Re-ReviewSamela Harris

The Gordon Frost Organisation/Adelaide Festival Centre. Festival Theatre. 10 Jan 2018   As one [ ... ]

The Rocky Horror ShowThe Rocky Horror ShowDavid O'Brien

The Gordon Frost Organisation/Adelaide Festival Centre. Festival Theatre. 5 Jan 2018   ‘Transformative’, [ ... ]

All is Calm - The Christmas Truce of 1914All is Calm - The Christmas Truce of 1914Samela Harris

Promise Adelaide. Goodwood Institute. 21 Dec 2017   The stage is dark, misty, dressed by stacks [ ... ]

ConstructConstructDavid O'Brien

Australian Dance Theatre. Anniversary Season 2017. 29 Nov 2017   10 years ago, the late Tanja Liedtke [ ... ]

Verdi SpectacularVerdi SpectacularKym Clayton

State Opera of South Australia. Adelaide Town hall. 21 Nov 2017   Opera spectaculars are a winning [ ... ]

Burlesque By ForceBurlesque By ForceKym Clayton

Feast Festival. Nexus Arts, Lions Arts Centre. 17 Nov 2017   If burlesque is about extravagance, [ ... ]

Brideshead RevisitedBrideshead RevisitedSamela Harris

Independent Theatre. Goodwood Theatre. 17 Nov 2017 Elegant and stylish. These hallmark characteristics [ ... ]

Palace of VarietiesPalace of VarietiesSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The Arts Theatre. 16 Nov 2017   Roll up, Roll up. The Rep’s [ ... ]

Spring AwakeningSpring AwakeningPaul Rodda

The Hills Musical Company. The Stirling Theatre. 10 Nov 2017   A bleak setting awaits those taking [ ... ]

It Could Be Any One of UsIt Could Be Any One of UsSamela Harris

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 2 Nov 2017   It’s the only murder mystery at which [ ... ]

The ConspiratorsThe ConspiratorsDavid O'Brien

Red Phoenix Theatre. Holden Street Theatres. 2 Nov 2017   Revolutions begin with words. They are [ ... ]

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeePaul Rodda

Marie Clark Musical Theatre. The Goodwood Institute. Nov 2017   The 25th Annual Putnam County [ ... ]

Die FledermausDie FledermausKym Clayton

State Opera Of South Australia. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 25 Oct 2017   David Lampard’s [ ... ]

SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. 24 Oct 217   She’s a gruff and antisocial [ ... ]

Impersonal SpaceImpersonal SpaceDavid O'Brien

Tutti Arts and Company AT. Queen’s Theatre. 20 Oct 2017   She is ‘Nameless’; [ ... ]

Bye Bye BirdieBye Bye BirdieSamela Harris

The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA Inc. The Arts Theatre. 12 Oct 2017   Blend the solid [ ... ]

Big Bad WolfBig Bad WolfSamela Harris

Windmill Theatre Company. The Space. Adelaide Festival Centre. 11 Oct 2017   He’s back - [ ... ]

AtlantaAtlantaDavid O'Brien

The Bakehouse Theatre. 7 Oct 2017   Atlanta is very finely tuned, extremely emotive, delicately [ ... ]

Men Behaving BadlyMen Behaving BadlyDavid O'Brien

Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatres. 4 Oct 2017   Men Behaving Badly. British ‘90s comedy [ ... ]

Oz Asia: Hotel & Hotel IIOz Asia: Hotel & Hotel IISamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. W!ld Rice Theatre. Dunstan Playhouse. 28 and 29 Sep 2017   Hotel   The [ ... ]

La Vida Breve & Gianni SchicchiLa Vida Breve & Gianni SchicchiKym Clayton

State Opera of South Australia. Adelaide Town Hall. 30 Aug 2017   With the Festival Theatre being [ ... ]

Infamous: A Cabaret Circus SensationInfamous: A Cabaret Circus SensationPaul Rodda

Bonython Park. Spiegel Big Tent. 18 Aug 2017   Infamous is a breath of fresh air to regular circus [ ... ]

Frame of MindFrame of MindDavid O'Brien

Sydney Dance Company. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 17 August 2017   Look for details informing [ ... ]

KokodaKokodaSamela Harris

Star Theatres. Peter Maddern. 19 Jul 2017   Walking the Kokoda Trail has become something of a [ ... ]

The Golden DragonThe Golden DragonSamela Harris

Bakehouse Theatre Company. Bakehouse Theatre. 8 Jul 2017   Stepping into the Bakehouse Theatre, [ ... ]

Saturday Night FeverSaturday Night FeverSamela Harris

Matt Byrne Media. Arts Theatre. 6 Jul 2017   Matt Byrne never does anything by halves.  This [ ... ]

A Doll’s HouseA Doll’s HouseSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of South Australia. Dunstan Playhouse. 4 Jul 2017   It is a play about love-hate [ ... ]

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole KingTapestry: The Songs of Carole KingDavid Grybowski

Vika & Linda Bull. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 24 Jun 2017   Yes, Carole [ ... ]

The PsychicThe PsychicSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 22 Jun 2017   Director Erik Strauts has taken a gamble [ ... ]

The Sound of Falling StarsThe Sound of Falling StarsDavid Grybowski

Cameron Goodall. Smartartists. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 22 Jun 2017   Almost [ ... ]

CYrensCYrensDavid Grybowski

The Swinging Songbook of Cy Coleman. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre. 21 Jun 2017   Can [ ... ]

Music Reviews

Album Review: Von Hertzen Brothers – War Is OverAlbum Review: Von Hertzen Brothers – War Is OverLuke Balzan

Von Hertzen Brothers. Music Theories / Mascot Label Group. 15 Dec 2017   Finland is an interesting [ ... ]

Beauty & DefianceBeauty & DefianceKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 1 Dec 2017   Aptly styled “Beauty and Defiance”, [ ... ]

Natsuko Yoshimoto & Konstantin ShamrayNatsuko Yoshimoto & Konstantin ShamrayKym Clayton

Recitals Australia. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 26 Nov 2017   Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin) and Konstantin [ ... ]

No. 3 BeginningsNo. 3 BeginningsKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 15 Nov 2017   For live classical music, programming [ ... ]

The Tea Party 20 Years of Transmission TourThe Tea Party 20 Years of Transmission TourLuke Balzan

The Tea Party. Thebarton Theatre. 2 Nov 2017   It’s no secret that Canadian trio The Tea [ ... ]

Album Review: Fleur Green and The Keepers – When The Tide Rushes InAlbum Review: Fleur Green and The Keepers – When T...Luke Balzan

Fleur Green And The Keepers. Independent. 30 Oct 2017   One thing I’ve learned over many [ ... ]

Album Review: 10 Years – (How To Live) As GhostsAlbum Review: 10 Years – (How To Live) As GhostsLuke Balzan

10 Years. Mascot Label Group. 25 Oct 2017   I’ve been involved with music ever since I [ ... ]

Pilgrimage Of The SoulPilgrimage Of The SoulKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 13 Oct 2017   The eighth in the ASO’s Master [ ... ]

Album Review: The New Yorks – I Wish I Was You, But That’s Just MeAlbum Review: The New Yorks – I Wish I Was You, Bu...Luke Balzan

The New Yorks. Independent. 15 Oct 2017   The first thing that strikes me as I listen to the second [ ... ]

Album Review: Supersonic Blues Machine – CalifornisoulAlbum Review: Supersonic Blues Machine – Californi...Luke Balzan

Supersonic Blues Machine. Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 15 Oct 2017   I’m definitely a summer [ ... ]

Album Review: SIMO – Rise & ShineAlbum Review: SIMO – Rise & ShineLuke Balzan

SIMO. Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 15 Oct 2017   It’s a rare occasion these days that a piece [ ... ]

Album Review: Black Stone Cherry – Black To BluesAlbum Review: Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues...Luke Balzan

Black Stone Cherry. Mascot Label Group. 15 Oct 2017   It’s well known that modern hard rock [ ... ]

Zuckerman Trio - Special EventZuckerman Trio - Special EventKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 27 Sep 2017   At short notice, my ‘plus-one’ [ ... ]

Of Knights and LegendsOf Knights and LegendsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Town Hall. 16 Sep 2017   This is surely one of the best, [ ... ]

Album Review: Triggerfinger – ColossusAlbum Review: Triggerfinger – ColossusLuke Balzan

Triggerfinger. Mascot Label Group. 17 Aug 2017

It’s an interesting experience to consider yourself [ ... ]

Album Review: Sharman's Harvest - Red Hands Black DeedsAlbum Review: Sharman's Harvest - Red Hands Black ...Luke Balzan

Shaman’s Harvest. Mascot Label Group. 6 Aug 2017

Like so many things in the modern world, the concept [ ... ]

Master Series 5: DedicationMaster Series 5: DedicationKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 8 Jul 2017   Dedication is the fifth in the ASO’s [ ... ]

Album Review: Ayreon – The Source Album Review: Ayreon – The Source Luke Balzan

Ayreon. Mascot Label & Music Theories. 20 Jun 2017   Progressive music occupies a special [ ... ]

Album Review: Raised By Eagles – I Must Be Somewhere Album Review: Raised By Eagles – I Must Be Somewhe...Luke Balzan

Raised by Eagles. ABC/Universal. 20 Jun 2017   I have to admit, I’d not really heard of [ ... ]

Silver And GoldSilver And GoldKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 31 Mar 2017   Silver and Gold was the first in [ ... ]

Melbourne Ska OrchestraMelbourne Ska OrchestraLuke Balzan

Melbourne Ska Orchestra. The Gov. 26 Mar 2017   I have been a fan of Nicky Bomba for many years [ ... ]

Third Stone: Jimi Hendrix TributeThird Stone: Jimi Hendrix TributeLuke Balzan

Third Stone. The Gov. 24 Mar 2017   In general, I don’t do reviews of cover bands, since [ ... ]

AWO At The OscarsAWO At The OscarsKym Clayton

Adelaide Wind Orchestra. Concordia College. 19 Mar 2017   Unable to be seen in the wings, somebody [ ... ]

WOMADelaide Day 4 – Monday 13 MarWOMADelaide Day 4 – Monday 13 MarLuke Balzan

Arts Projects Australia. Botanic Park. Fri Mar 10 – Mon Mar 13   Well, it’s the final [ ... ]

News & Opinion

Story: The River Palais Returns to Glorious LifeSamela Harris

The river Palais is coming back to glorious life. Hooray.   For almost a year, people have grumbled [ ... ]

Story: House Of Sand 2018 - Welcome The RevolutionStory: House Of Sand 2018 - Welcome The RevolutionDavid O'Brien

Wow! A kick butt statement! How else to ponder allowing a very young emerging arts company to launch its [ ... ]

Interview: Spring Awakening Realises Life Long Dream for Young PerformersInterview: Spring Awakening Realises Life Long Dre...Paul Rodda

The Hills Musical Company. The Stirling Theatre. 4 Nov 2017   For young actors Mitchell Smith and [ ... ]

Story: The Tea Party 20th Anniversary TourStory: The Tea Party 20th Anniversary TourLuke Balzan

As a music lover, there are lots of artists and albums that I rate highly, yet interestingly there are [ ... ]

Interview: Puberty Blues adaptation hits the stageInterview: Puberty Blues adaptation hits the stageSamela Harris

When first she read Puberty Blues, Zoe Muller was just 15.
She assumed the crude sexism within its pages [ ... ]

Interview: Cooney and Watts - Men Behaving BadlyInterview: Cooney and Watts - Men Behaving BadlyPaul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatres. 29 Sep 2017   Matt Byrne Media will present Stephen Nye’s [ ... ]

Interview: Sebastian Cooper gets Saturday Night FeverInterview: Sebastian Cooper gets Saturday Night Fe...Paul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media. Arts Theatre and Shedley Theatre. July 2017   In just under a week’s time [ ... ]

Interview: Cameron Goodall – Fallen Stars to Shine Brightly Once MoreInterview: Cameron Goodall – Fallen Stars to Shine...Samela Harris

Cameron Goodall is one of the most versatile and accomplished performers on the Australian stage today [ ... ]

Interview: Paul Boylon - 10 Years On The Smell Of A Laddered StockingInterview: Paul Boylon - 10 Years On The Smell Of ...David O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. 3 to 25 June.   10 years on - some good, some bad - Cabaret Fringe [ ... ]

Interview: Dahling, Dahling. It’s Dahl all round.Interview: Dahling, Dahling. It’s Dahl all round....Samela Harris

Suddenly, Adelaide feels like the world headquarters of Roald Dahl. For young and old, the musical based [ ... ]

Interview: Matt Gilbertson Mein CampInterview: Matt Gilbertson Mein CampSamela Harris

How do we know the Cabaret Festival is a big success? Because it can brag a brilliant burgeoning Cabaret [ ... ]

Interview: Jude Henshall on Mr Burns - a Post-Electric PlayInterview: Jude Henshall on Mr Burns - a Post-Elec...Samela Harris

State Theatre Company and Belvoir. The Space Theatre. From 22 Apr 2017   “What would happen [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Review: Cellar Door Wine Festival 2015Review: Cellar Door Wine Festival 2015Paul Rodda

Adelaide Convention Centre. 21 Feb 2015   On arrival at the Cellar Door Wine Festival there is a friendly [ ... ]

Howard Park & Heartland: PairsHoward Park & Heartland: PairsTony Keys

  Below, two reviews; one for a pair of Howard Park wines from Western Australian, the other for [ ... ]

Story: Once an icon always an iconStory: Once an icon always an iconTony Keys

  "Penfolds poisoned chalice leaves trail of corporate hangovers" was the headline of an article [ ... ]

Hardy'sHardy'sTony Keys

The Eileen Hardy wine range is the top end of the ‘Accolade Wines’ ladder. To quote the Hardy's Wines’ [ ... ]

Jacob's CreekJacob's CreekTony Keys

The big often get a bashing, recently a small family wine producer (Crittenden) based in the Victorian [ ... ]

d’Arenberg Winesd’Arenberg WinesTony Keys

The d’Arenberg Dozen   Any person with an interest in wine living in Adelaide or surrounds will [ ... ]

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