Theatre Reviews

Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen RossSamela Harris

Flying Penguin Productions with Brink. Bakehouse Theatre. 17 Sep 2021   A thrill runs through the [ ... ]

Good PeopleGood PeopleSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 3 Sep 2021   It’s a highly “Americana” [ ... ]

The World is Looking for YouThe World is Looking for YouSamela Harris

Finegan Kruckemeyer. Festival Centre’s InSPACE Program & Control Party with Country Arts SA [ ... ]

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and MenSamela Harris

Therry Theatre. Arts Theatre. 19 Aug 2021   If ever the legendary Ole Wiebkin created an atmospheric [ ... ]

HibernationHibernationAlex Wheaton

State Theatre Company. By Finegan Kruckemeyer. Dunstan Playhouse. 17 Aug 2021   Does art imitate [ ... ]

I Wish…I Wish…Arna Eyers-White

Patch Theatre. Space Theatre. 14 Aug 2021   No-one really likes being Pollyanna and blathering [ ... ]

Blithe SpiritBlithe SpiritSamela Harris

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 15 Aug 2021   It’s always time for [ ... ]

MacbethMacbethSamela Harris

Independent Theatre. Goodwood Theatre. 4 Aug 2021   Independent’s  artistic director, [ ... ]

True WestTrue WestSamela Harris

Bakehouse Theatre. 17 Jul 2021   Out of the cold, wet night and into the convivial warmth and excellence [ ... ]

The Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, The Witch and the WardrobeArna Eyers-White

Tea Tree Players Theatre Youth. Tilley Recreation Park. 15 Jul 2021   A chilly, rainswept Adelaide [ ... ]

The Bridge Of San Luis ReyThe Bridge Of San Luis ReySamela Harris

World Premiere. Brink Productions. Space Theatre. 13 Jul 2021   Is he beautiful or is he grotesque? [ ... ]

Beautiful The Carole King MusicalBeautiful The Carole King MusicalDavid Grybowski

David Gauci & Davine Productions. Star Theatres. 8 Jul 2021   If you missed seeing this remarkably [ ... ]

Alan Cumming is Not Acting His AgeAlan Cumming is Not Acting His AgeSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre.   Oh, my. Our Cabaret Festival supremo has revealed himself [ ... ]

Hear Me Roar – UnpluggedHear Me Roar – UnpluggedDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 25 Jun 2021   From the get go, you know you are in [ ... ]

Cabaret (1972) Movie ScreeningCabaret (1972) Movie ScreeningDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre. 24 June 2021   Liza, Michael, and Joel would be [ ... ]

Ern: Australia’s Greatest HoaxErn: Australia’s Greatest HoaxSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Space. 24 Jun 2021   The poet who never lived simply cannot die. [ ... ]

Vince Jones – The Art of ProtestVince Jones – The Art of ProtestDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Theatre. 19 June 2021   Vince Jones blows a few notes on one [ ... ]

Songs Of DonSongs Of DonArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Claire Bowditch, Katie Noonan, Sarah McLeod. Festival Theatre. 18 Jun 2021   To [ ... ]

Eddie Perfect - IntrospectiveEddie Perfect - IntrospectiveDavid Grybowski

Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Theatre. 18 Jun 2021 Eddie is oh so perfect for what he does. Pictured in [ ... ]

Adelaide TonightAdelaide TonightSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Famous Spiegeltent. 18 Jun 2021   It’s close up and personal, [ ... ]

We’ll Always Have ParisWe’ll Always Have ParisSamela Harris

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 17 Jun 2021   What a pleasant confection of a play.  Jill [ ... ]

L’HotelL’HotelSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Space. 13 Jun 2021   Was ever the Space Theatre a more sumptuously [ ... ]

Bathhouse BetteBathhouse BetteArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Amber Martin. The Famous Spiegeltent. 11 Jun 2021   Welcome to the bathhouse! [ ... ]

The Variety GalaThe Variety GalaSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre. 11 Jun 2021   It might be Alan Cumming’s festival [ ... ]

Love BurnsLove BurnsKym Clayton

State Opera South Australia. Plant 4, Bowden. 3 Jun 2021   Love Burns is a compact chamber opera [ ... ]

Watchlist Watchlist Samela Harris

SA Playwrights Theatre. The Bakehouse Theatre. 3 Jun 2021   We watch avidly the rise and rise of [ ... ]

The Hello GirlsThe Hello GirlsSamela Harris

Therry Theatre. Arts Theatre. 4 Jun 2021   Adelaide is coming apart with stunning non-professional [ ... ]

Chess the MusicalChess the MusicalSamela Harris

StoreyBoard Entertainment. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 28 May 2021   It would be hard to fit more [ ... ]

Blue StockingsBlue StockingsSamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre. Holden Street Theatres. 20 May 2021   It’s a huge, gutsy history play. [ ... ]

Legally Blonde - The MusicalLegally Blonde - The MusicalDavid Grybowski

The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Co. of S.A. Inc. Arts Theatre. 12 May 2021   The Met’s production [ ... ]

Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetSweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetSamela Harris

State Opera South Australia. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 11 May 2021   The organ prelude is ominous. [ ... ]

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Samela Harris

Adelaide University Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 9 May 2021   Cheek by jowl but worlds apart, [ ... ]

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Youth Theatre. 24 Apr 2021   Wow. Just wow. From the moment the orchestra - guided by [ ... ]

Next FallNext FallSamela Harris

Boyslikeme. Holden Street Theatres. 23 Apr 2021   How many times have we critics dreamed of slipping [ ... ]

The Gospel According to PaulThe Gospel According to PaulSamela Harris

By and with Jonathan Biggins. State Theatre Company of SA with Adina Apartments and Soft Tread Productions. [ ... ]

Venus In FurVenus In FurDavid Grybowski

STARC Productions. The Bakehouse Theatre. 16 Apr 2021   Our protagonist, Thomas Novachek, played [ ... ]

The Government Inspector – by Nikolai GogolThe Government Inspector – by Nikolai GogolSamela Harris

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Three nights only. 16 Apr 2021   In the best of times, [ ... ]

The Wedding SingerThe Wedding SingerDavid Grybowski

David Venn Enterprises. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 10 Apr 2021   Adelaide’s Her Majesty’s [ ... ]

Hiccup!Hiccup!Arna Eyers-White

Windmill Theatre Company. Space Theatre. 10 Apr 2021   Not a word has been spoken and the children [ ... ]

Mama Mia!Mama Mia!David Grybowski

Northern Light Theatre Company. Shedley Theatre – Playford Civic Centre. 9 Apr 2021   Hankering [ ... ]

Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the HeartSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. The Arts Theatre. 8 Apr 2021   It is some time in the 1950s in [ ... ]

The Best of Music with MotionThe Best of Music with MotionKym Clayton

★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Woodville Town Hall. 21 Mar 2021   Video games trace their history [ ... ]

Boss SquadBoss SquadArna Eyers-White

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Lark, Gluttony. 18 Mar 2021   The all-female Boss Squad (four [ ... ]

The Ides of MarchThe Ides of MarchKym Clayton

★★★ Adelaide Fringe Festival. Bakehouse Theatre. 17 Mar 2021   The Ides of March is about [ ... ]

The Little MermaidThe Little MermaidArna Eyers-White

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. SA Children’s Ballet Company. 14 Mar 2021   The Little Mermaid [ ... ]

Blinky Bill is On The LooseBlinky Bill is On The LooseArna Eyers-White

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Koala Life and Theatre Bugs present Kobugs Theatre Company. 13 Mar 2021   Blinky [ ... ]

Tahir - The World’s Best Worst MagicianTahir - The World’s Best Worst MagicianAlex Wheaton

★★★ Adelaide Fringe. The World’s Best Worst Magician. Octagon, Gluttony. 14 Mar 21   Is [ ... ]

A Child of Our TimeA Child of Our TimeKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. 14 Mar 2021   Sadly, racism, bigotry, [ ... ]

Music Reviews

Nicolas Fleury, Emily Sun & Amir FaridNicolas Fleury, Emily Sun & Amir FaridKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 17 June 2021   Musica Viva’s latest national concert tour [ ... ]

Romantic TreasuresRomantic TreasuresKym Clayton

Kegelstatt Ensemble. Burnside Ballroom. 7 Jun 2021   It is a joy to hear live performances of seldomly [ ... ]

Bartok, Mendelssohn, FisherBartok, Mendelssohn, FisherKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 24 May 2021   Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus [ ... ]

Konstantin Shamray & ANAM OrchestraKonstantin Shamray & ANAM OrchestraKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 13 May 2021   Musica Viva’s current touring program is a [ ... ]

Zevon – Accidentally Like A MartyrZevon – Accidentally Like A MartyrAlex Wheaton

Henry Wagons & The Martyrs. The Gov. 28 Apr 2021   I’m a bit bemused as to how one can [ ... ]

Diana Doherty and The Streeton TrioDiana Doherty and The Streeton TrioKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Musica Viva Australia. Adelaide Town Hall. 2 Mar 2021   Presented as part of [ ... ]

Composer & Citizen 3Composer & Citizen 3Kym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Heath Quartet. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 9 Mar 2020.   The third and final concert [ ... ]

Composer and Citizen 2Composer and Citizen 2Kym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Heath Quartet. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 8 Mar 2020.   Composer and Citizen 2 [ ... ]

Hidden SecretsHidden SecretsKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Hill, Macfarlane, Dundas & Ludovico’s Band and Chorus. Ukaria Cultural Centre. [ ... ]

One Among ManyOne Among ManyKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Marwood, Valve & Cassomenos. Ukaria Cultural Centre. 8 Mar 2020.   The combination [ ... ]

Garrick OhlssonGarrick OhlssonKym Clayton

Musica Viva & Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Town Hall. 2 Mar 2020.   Garrick Ohlsson is an authoritative [ ... ]

A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two CitiesKym Clayton

Selby and Friends. Elder Hall, University of Adelaide. 1 Mar 2020.   Selby and Friends concerts [ ... ]

Master Series 1: The Adventure BeginsMaster Series 1: The Adventure BeginsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 8 Feb 2020   With its majestic and upbeat opening [ ... ]

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) [ ... ]

News & Opinion

Story: Holden Street's innovation for Ed Fringe Award in 2021Story: Holden Street's innovation for Ed Fringe Aw...Samela Harris

In this dire time of pandemic  Adelaide’s Holden Street Theatres is making thrilling history [ ... ]

Wings 2 Fly Theatre Announce Further Scholarship SupportWings 2 Fly Theatre Announce Further Scholarship S...Paul Rodda

Local South Australian youth theatre company Wings2Fly Theatre have announced an extension to their scholarship [ ... ]

WOMADelaide 2021: Re-inventing for the PandemicWOMADelaide 2021: Re-inventing for the PandemicMurray Bramwell

Murray Bramwell talks with Artistic Director, Ian Scobie about the challenges of planning a music festival [ ... ]

Story: Claire Della and the Moon prepares to LaunchStory: Claire Della and the Moon prepares to Launc...Samela Harris

Move over Little Prince. Claire Della is coming to the sky.   She’s using a ladder and she [ ... ]

Story: COVID Theatre Sees S.A. Lead The WayStory: COVID Theatre Sees S.A. Lead The WaySamela Harris

South Australia leads the way - again.   From a world of confused, demoralised, and struggling [ ... ]

Story: Her Majesty's Theatre; Stunningly New, Resplendently VacantStory: Her Majesty's Theatre; Stunningly New, Resp...Samela Harris

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide’s new triumph of the arts, has been one of the great victims [ ... ]

Interview: Dave Brown; Patching the PaperBoatsInterview: Dave Brown; Patching the PaperBoatsSamela Harris

The man is indomitable. The only thing that Dave Brown may have failed at is retirement. He lasted about [ ... ]

Interview: Orang Orang Drumming up Crowds at Womadelaide 2020Interview: Orang Orang Drumming up Crowds at Womad...Samela Harris

As you let the fantastical throbbing of Orang Orang’s mighty drumming ensemble thrill your core [ ... ]

Interview: Gavin Robertson for Fringe 2020Interview: Gavin Robertson for Fringe 2020Samela Harris

Is it bravery or chutzpah that brings a flow of astonishing solo performers to our city each year? If [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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