Theatre Reviews

Improv Adelaide’s Upstairs DowntonImprov Adelaide’s Upstairs DowntonDavid Grybowski

Soapi Improv. The Duke of Windsor Hotel – The Adelaide Room. 16 Feb 2019   My wife is a big [ ... ]

Faulty Towers the Dining ExperienceFaulty Towers the Dining ExperienceSamela Harris

Adelaide Fringe. Stamford Plaza Hotel. 16 Feb 2019   They have it down to a fine art. And so they [ ... ]

Grammar Don't Matter On A Second DateGrammar Don't Matter On A Second DateKym Clayton

Adelaide Fringe. The Balcony Room at The Griffins Hotel. 15 Feb 2019   Grrr! ‘Doesn’t’, [ ... ]

Two Brunettes And A Gay - God Save The Queens!Two Brunettes And A Gay - God Save The Queens!Kym Clayton

Adelaide Fringe. The Bally at Gluttony.   Two Brunettes and a Gay - God save the Queens! is a high [ ... ]

Games by Henry NaylorGames by Henry NaylorSamela Harris

Gilded Balloon and Redbeard Theatre in Assoc. with Holden Street Theatres. Holden Street Theatres. 13 [ ... ]

Build a Rocket Build a Rocket Samela Harris

The Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018 in Assoc. with Stephen Joseph Theatre and Tara [ ... ]

Go Back for MurderGo Back for MurderSamela Harris

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 8 Feb 2019   It’s amazing how the old girl always [ ... ]

Senior MomentsSenior MomentsSamela Harris

Return Fire Productions. Dunstan Playhouse. 5 Feb 2019   Seniors were so keen not to miss a moment [ ... ]

Last of The Red Hot LoversLast of The Red Hot LoversDavid O'Brien

STARC Productions. Bakehouse Theatre. 24 Jan 2019   50 years ago, man landed on the moon and the [ ... ]

The Greatest ShowThe Greatest ShowSamela Harris

Pelican Productions. Murray Performing Arts Centre. 19 Jan 2019   How do they do it? Pelican Productions [ ... ]

Madiba the MusicalMadiba the MusicalSamela Harris

Neil Croker and The Prestige. On national tour. Entertainment Centre. 17 Jan 2019   A bio-musical [ ... ]

CheapsideCheapsideDavid O'Brien

Butterfly Theatre. Wheatsheaf Hotel. 16 February   There’s savagery and there’s savage [ ... ]

#UsTwo#UsTwoSamela Harris

Glynn Nicholas and Gretel Killeen - His and her versions of our lives. Holden Street Theatres   Glynn [ ... ]

North by NorthwestNorth by NorthwestSamela Harris

Produced by Andrew Kay and Liza McLean. Presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. By special arrangement [ ... ]

WickedWickedSamela Harris

The untold story of the witches of Oz. Adelaide Youth Theatre. Arts Theatre. 23 Dec 2018   Wicked [ ... ]

The Measure of a ManThe Measure of a ManSamela Harris

Gavin Roach. Holden Street Theatres. 22 Nov 2018   The seventh word out of his mouth is “penis”. [ ... ]

Revolt. She said. Revolt AgainRevolt. She said. Revolt AgainSamela Harris

House of Sand. Holden Street Theatres. 22 Nov 2018   Oh, how feminism has changed. I don’t [ ... ]

EarshotEarshotDavid O'Brien

University of South Australia School of Creative Industries/Tutti Arts. 17 Nov 2018   Earshot is [ ... ]

And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were NoneSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 16 Nov 2018   It’s Agatha Christie. You know what [ ... ]

Man of La ManchaMan of La ManchaSamela Harris

St Jude’s Players. St Jude’s Hall, Brighton. 15 Nov 2018   Few opportunities arise [ ... ]

Secret Love in Peach Blossom LandSecret Love in Peach Blossom LandSamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. Taiwan. Stan Lai and Performance Workshop. 9 Nov 2018   Stan Lai is the most celebrated [ ... ]

The Flint Street NativityThe Flint Street NativitySamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres. 8 Nov 2018   And now for something completely [ ... ]

War Sum UpWar Sum UpKym Clayton

Oz Asia Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 5 Nov 2018   War Sum Up is billed as a contemporary opera, [ ... ]

6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks6 Dance Lessons in 6 WeeksSamela Harris

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 2 Nov 2018   Richard Alfieri tapped nicely into the zeitgeist [ ... ]

LinesLinesSamela Harris

Theatre Republic. Bakehouse Theatre. 30 Oct 2018   This is a consummate theatre work. Within minutes [ ... ]

Dancing GrandmothersDancing GrandmothersSamela Harris

OzAsia Festival. Korea. Dunstan Playhouse. 25 Oct 2018   Many weird and wonderful offerings from [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Music Reviews

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

News & Opinion

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 [ ... ]

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

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

Story: Holden Street shows drive into new festivals territory.Story: Holden Street shows drive into new festival...Samela Harris

Now established as a vital, vigorous and ground-breaking Fringe Festival entity, Holden Street Theatres [ ... ]

Story: What’s in the Club? The GC Adelaide Fringe PreviewStory: What’s in the Club? The GC Adelaide Fringe ...David O'Brien

The German Club. Adelaide Fringe 2018. 16 Feb 2018   The guided media tour around The German Club’s [ ... ]

Interview: Brad Butvila is Hott to Trott in MBM’s latest offeringInterview: Brad Butvila is Hott to Trott in MBM’s ...Paul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media’s Hott Property. Maxims Wine Bar. 10 Feb 18   Matt Byrne Media will celebrate [ ... ]

Interview: Elephant Sessions play WOMADelaide 2018Interview: Elephant Sessions play WOMADelaide 2018Paul Rodda

Womadelaide 2018. Euan Smillie and Alasdair Taylor. 16 Jan 2018   Appearing at WOMADelaide as part [ ... ]

Story: The River Palais Returns to Glorious LifeStory: 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 [ ... ]

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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