Theatre Reviews

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 [ ... ]

CaligulaCaligulaSamela Harris

Red Phoenix Theatre. Holden Street Theatres. 25 May 2018   So it comes to pass that history is [ ... ]

The Pearl FishersThe Pearl FishersKym Clayton

State Opera Of Sa. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 15 May 2018   There are two performances left of [ ... ]

GodspellGodspellPaul Rodda

Irregular Productions and Lydian Productions. The Parks Theatre. 12 May 2018   I do not consider [ ... ]

Sense And SensibilitySense And SensibilityDavid Grybowski

State Theatre Company in association with Adelaide Festival Centre. Dunstan Playhouse. 10 May 2018   Sense [ ... ]

Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary AmericaMyth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and ...David Grybowski

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 5 May 2018   My first viewing of Australian [ ... ]

Born YesterdayBorn YesterdayDavid Grybowski

Independent Theatre. Goodwood Theatre. 27 April 2018   Born Yesterday is officially a classic American [ ... ]

A Little Night MusicA Little Night MusicSamela Harris

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Arts Theatre. 26 Apr 2018   A Little Night Music is arguably [ ... ]

Side Show Side Show Samela Harris

Hills Musical Company. Stirling Community Theatre. 20 Apr 2018   The story may be tragic, but the [ ... ]

Grug and the RainbowGrug and the RainbowNicole Russo

Windmill Theatre. Space Theatre. 14 April 2018   The Grug team are back in Adelaide after numerous [ ... ]

After DinnerAfter DinnerSamela Harris

State Theatre Company of SA. Dunstan Playhouse. 11 Apr 2018   Andrew Bovell’s first play. Methinks [ ... ]

Private PeacefulPrivate PeacefulDavid Grybowski

Promise Adelaide. Bakehouse Theatre. 7 Apr 2018 Ben Francis. His is a name to remember. Not only did [ ... ]

FrankensteinFrankensteinDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 5 April 2018 You would have to be brain-dead to not have [ ... ]

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of OzPaul Rodda

Presented by John Frost & Suzanne Jones. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 5 Apr 2018   There is a [ ... ]

Her Majesty’s Theatre Closing Benefit ConcertHer Majesty’s Theatre Closing Benefit ConcertSamela Harris

Her Majesty’s Theatre. 24 Mar 2018   There have been countless nights of triumphant [ ... ]

Freeze!Freeze!Samela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Grainger Studio. 16 Mar 2018   Art comes in many forms. This, our history of [ ... ]

The CocoonThe CocoonDavid Grybowski

Kotryna Gesait. Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury Tunnels. 15 Mar 2018 Descending the steps into [ ... ]

BennelongBennelongDavid O'Brien

Adelaide Festival. Bangarra Dance Theatre. 15 Mar 2018   Beauty followed by jolting, soul rendering [ ... ]

TahaTahaSamela Harris

By Amer Hlehel. Directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi. Adelaide Festival. Space Theatre. 15 Mar 2018   A [ ... ]

That Daring Australian GirlThat Daring Australian GirlSamela Harris

Written and performed by Joanne Hartstone. Holden Street Theatres. 11 Mar 2018   She was born in [ ... ]

Can You Hear Colour?Can You Hear Colour?David O'Brien

Patch Theatre Company. AC Arts Main Theatre. 9 Mar 2018   There’s a delicious promise of [ ... ]

Music Reviews

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 [ ... ]

Glass, Dean & MendelssohnGlass, Dean & MendelssohnKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 15 Feb 2018   Glass, Dean and Mendelssohn. Interesting [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

News & Opinion

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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