Theatre Reviews

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 [ ... ]

Meow Meow: SouvenirMeow Meow: SouvenirDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Meow Meow. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 18 Jun 2017   I have seen Meow [ ... ]

The Idea of North with Kaichiro KitamuraThe Idea of North with Kaichiro KitamuraDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Groove Sessions. Dunstan Playhouse. 17 Jun 2017   A cappella groups [ ... ]

Hush 16: A Piece of QuietHush 16: A Piece of QuietNicole Russo

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Lior, The Idea of North & Elena Kats-Chernin with Zephyr Quartet. Her Majesty’s [ ... ]

Courtney Act: The Girl from OzCourtney Act: The Girl from OzDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. 17 Jun 2017   Drag, nationalism, popular [ ... ]

Composers In ExileComposers In ExileDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Peter Coleman-Wright & Nexas Quartet. Adelaide Festival Centre. 17 Jun [ ... ]

KAGE: Out of EarshotKAGE: Out of EarshotDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 14 Jun 2017   The most primal thing of all linking [ ... ]

Vigil: Christie Whelan BrowneVigil: Christie Whelan BrowneDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre. 12 Jun 2017   Desperation, financial and spiritual, neediness, [ ... ]

Gillian Cosgriff: To The Moon and BackGillian Cosgriff: To The Moon and BackDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Artspace. 9 Jun 2017   Gillian Cosgriff’s return to the Adelaide [ ... ]

Fiddler on the RoofFiddler on the RoofPaul Rodda

Therry Dramatic Society. Arts Theatre. 8 Jun 2017   It might seem an odd place to stage a musical [ ... ]

Title and DeedTitle and DeedDavid O'Brien

IKAG Productions. The Producers Hotel. 8 Jun 2017   Will Eno is a playwright often compared to [ ... ]

Matilda The MusicalMatilda The MusicalPaul Rodda

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt. With Chokey Productions, [ ... ]

RainRainNicole Russo

DreamBIG Children’s Festival. Presented by Drop Bear Theatre, The Seam & Edwina Cordingley. [ ... ]

ChicagoChicagoPaul Rodda

Emma Knight Productions. Secret Location. Media Preview 23 May 2017.   A stunning secret location [ ... ]

Two BrothersTwo BrothersSamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre. Holden Street Theatres. 18 May 2017   This is what theatre is all about. What [ ... ]

19841984Paul Rodda

By George Orwell. New adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. Ambassador Theatre Group, [ ... ]

Gretel KilleenGretel KilleenSamela Harris

Guru Grets and her Psychic Sex and Life Advice. La Bohème. 13 May 2017   She’s very [ ... ]

Music Reviews

Pilgrimage Of The SoulPilgrimage Of The SoulKym Clayton

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

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: 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

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 [ ... ]

Interview: Baba Zula; Womadelaide 2017Interview: Baba Zula; Womadelaide 2017Paul Rodda

Womadelaide 2017. Interview with Periklis Tsoukalas. 23 Feb 2017   In the lead up to Womadelaide [ ... ]

Story: Byrne's 20th year at Maxim's with My Kitchen FoolsStory: Byrne's 20th year at Maxim's with My Kitche...Paul Rodda

Matt Byrne Media. Maxim’s Wine Bar.   On the opening night of Matt Byrne’s My Kitchen [ ... ]

Story: All aboard the Adelaide Festival’s Riverbank PalaisStory: All aboard the Adelaide Festival’s Riverban...Paul Rodda

Incredible interactive art sensation House of Mirrors, US singer-songwriter Kurt Vile, US godfather [ ... ]

Interview: Cast prepare for an emotional journeyInterview: Cast prepare for an emotional journeyPaul Rodda

Adelaide Fringe 2017. Davine Interventionz Productions. Star Theatres.   The Tony nominated musical [ ... ]

Lifestyle Reviews

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 [ ... ]

Tyrrell's Wines - Lost BlockTyrrell's Wines - Lost BlockTony Keys

I have been privileged to know three generations of the Tyrrell family, Murray (deceased), current head [ ... ]

Grant Burge, BarossaGrant Burge, BarossaTony Keys

The Burge family can be traced back 5 generations to John Burge and his wife Eliza who arrived in Australia [ ... ]

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