Theatre Reviews

Cowardy Cowardy CustardCowardy Cowardy CustardArna Eyers-White

Red Peppers / Hands Across The Sea. Holden Street Theatres. 16 May 2024   In an era when short [ ... ]

Urinetown – The MusicalUrinetown – The MusicalBrian Wellington

The Hills Musical Company. Stirling Theatre. 11 May 2024   The Hills Musical Company’s latest [ ... ]

Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A ParodyPotted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience ...Arna Eyers-White

Adelaide Festival Centre. Dunstan Playhouse. 10 May 2024   It’s a bit of a jolt when you [ ... ]

The Addams FamilyThe Addams FamilySamela Harris

The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of South Australia. Arts Theatre. 10 May 2024   One can [ ... ]

Little WomenLittle WomenSamela Harris

The Broadway Musical. Elder Conservatorium Music Theatre. Scott Theatre. 18 Apr 2024   It is always [ ... ]

A Shortcut to HappinessA Shortcut to HappinessSamela Harris

Therry Theatre. Arts Theatre. 11 Apr 2024   Playwright Roger Hall has been knighted for his contributions [ ... ]

Pride In Prejudice: The Wharf ReviewPride In Prejudice: The Wharf ReviewArna Eyers-White

The Wharf Revue. Dunstan Playhouse. 9 Apr 2024   As befits the title, Pride In Prejudice opened [ ... ]

The MaidsThe MaidsKym Clayton

Famous Last Words. Goodwood Theatre & Studios. 6 Apr 2024   In the intimate Studio performance [ ... ]

BlackbirdBlackbirdDavid O'Brien

SOLUS Productions. The Studio - Holden Street Theatres. 4 Apr 2024   Hunting down and confronting, [ ... ]

Elvis – A Musical RevolutionElvis – A Musical RevolutionPaul Rodda

David Venn Enterprises. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 3 Apr 2024   Elvis Presley caused a Rock 'n' [ ... ]

The ArkThe ArkDavid O'Brien

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Raucous Behaviour. House and Grounds, Carclew. 16 Mar 2024   There’s [ ... ]

Skye Scraper: The Life and Times of a Drag Queen AccountantSkye Scraper: The Life and Times of a Drag Queen A...Kym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Bally, Gluttony. 17 Mar 2024   Sky Scraper (aka John Hugo) is [ ... ]

Time MachineTime MachineKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Elizabeth Streb & Streb Extreme Action. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 16 Mar 2024   Time [ ... ]

BerlinersBerlinersKym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres. 16 Mar 2024   Berliners is a [ ... ]

WayfinderWayfinderArna Eyers-White

Adelaide Festival. Dance North. Space Theatre. 14 Mar 2024   Waiting in an overheated foyer for [ ... ]

Antigone in the AmazonAntigone in the AmazonSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Mio Rau/NT Gent & MST. Dunstan Playhouse. 15 Mar 2024   Implanting Sophocles' [ ... ]

MarrowMarrowAlex Wheaton

Adelaide Festival. Australian Dance Theatre. Odeon Theatre. Choreography: Daniel Riley. 13 Mar 2024   An [ ... ]

The BacchaeThe BacchaeSamela Harris

★★★1/2 Riverland Youth Theatre. The Arch, Holden Street Theatres. 12 Mar 2024   Brush up [ ... ]

MoistMoistKym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Bunker at Fool's Paradise. 7 Mar 2024   If it ain’t broke, [ ... ]

Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father)Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father)Samela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Schaubuhne Berlin & Theatre de las Ville Paris. Dunstan Playhouse. 9 Mar 2024   Despite [ ... ]

The PromiseThe PromiseJohn Wells

Adelaide Festival. Wende and the Royal Court Theatre. The Space. 7 Mar 2024   This shouldn’t [ ... ]

Station J – An MI6 ComedyStation J – An MI6 ComedyKym Clayton

★★★ Adelaide Fringe. The Arch, Holden Street Theatres. 7 Mar 2024   It is almost axiomatic [ ... ]

Daylight Express - Anthony Romaniuk: PerpetuumDaylight Express - Anthony Romaniuk: PerpetuumKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Elder Hall. 7 Mar 2024   Perpetuum is part of the Adelaide Festival’s [ ... ]

Is this the gate?Is this the gate?Chris Reid

Adelaide Festival. Nicholas Lens and JM Coetzee. Elder Hall. 8 Mar 2024   Elizabeth Costello is [ ... ]

I Am The BossI Am The BossAlex Wheaton

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. 0471 Acro Physical Theatre & Cluster Arts. The Bunker, Fool’s [ ... ]

VirtuosoVirtuosoKym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Basement. 6 Mar 2024   Virtuoso is a one-man comedic routine [ ... ]

Diana Nguyen: Sunny Side UpDiana Nguyen: Sunny Side UpArna Eyers-White

★★★★ Diana Nguyen. Spiegel Zelt. 5 Mar 2024   Bodily functions (of various permutations) [ ... ]

The Threepenny OperaThe Threepenny OperaSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Berliner Ensemble. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 6 Mar 2024   No longer the “Wunderkind”, [ ... ]

The Ukulele ManThe Ukulele ManArna Eyers-White

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Marcel Cole. Star Theatres. 5 Mar 2024   In his heyday, the music [ ... ]

The Rest Is PoliticsThe Rest Is PoliticsJohn Wells

Adelaide Festival / Adelaide Writers Week. Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart with Sarah Ferguson. Adelaide [ ... ]

Meredith ArwadyMeredith ArwadyKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. In recital with Michael Ierace. Daylight Express. Elder Hall. 4 Mar 2024   I [ ... ]

GuurandaGuurandaSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Insite Arts & Adelaide Festival. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 2 Mar 2024   Here [ ... ]

007 Voices Of Bond007 Voices Of BondKym Clayton

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Regal Theatre. 2 Mar 2024   007 Voices of Bond is a celebration [ ... ]

The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of OzArna Eyers-White

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Adelaide Academy & Theatre Bugs. 1 Mar 2024 (Oz cast)   There [ ... ]

The Nightingale and Other FablesThe Nightingale and Other FablesKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Festival Theatre. 1 Mar 2024   From the moment the performance of The Nightingale [ ... ]

Uke Springsteen – Nebraska & The HitsUke Springsteen – Nebraska & The HitsArna Eyers-White

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Ben Roberts. Grace Emily Hotel. 29 Feb 2024   During this performance, [ ... ]

Goodbye, LinditaGoodbye, LinditaJohn Wells

Adelaide Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. 29 Feb 2024   In a sparsely-furnished, grey-walled room, [ ... ]

BlueBlueKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. State Theatre Company South Australia and Celsus in association with Adelaide Festival [ ... ]

ApricityApricityAlex Wheaton

★★★★★
Adelaide Fringe. The Vault at Fools Paradise. 27 Feb 2024   It is the hottest [ ... ]

RailedRailedArna Eyers-White

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Head First Acrobats. The Vault, Fool’s Paradise. 27 Feb 2024   Money, [ ... ]

Jon & Jero: Stuff!Jon & Jero: Stuff!Arna Eyers-White

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Kingfisher at Gluttony. 25 Feb 2024   As the Neighbourhood [ ... ]

Future CargoFuture CargoAlex Wheaton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Future Cargo at Garden of Unearthly Delights. 21 Feb 2024   The [ ... ]

Behind the SongBehind the SongSamela Harris

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Sandi McMenamin. The Arch, Holden Street Theatres. 25 Feb 2024   Perchance [ ... ]

DemagogueDemagogueKym Clayton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres. 23 Feb 2024   Demagogue is a [ ... ]

OrpheusOrpheusKym Clayton

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. The Yurt at The Courtyard of Curiosities, The Migration Museum. 17 Feb [ ... ]

Two of ThemTwo of ThemChris Reid

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Shifting Lives Theatre. Lecture Gallery at MOD, University of South [ ... ]

Yuck CircusYuck CircusArna Eyers-White

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Umbrella Revolution, The Garden of Unearthly Delights. 22 Feb 2024   There’s [ ... ]

Sh!t-faced ShakespeareSh!t-faced ShakespeareArna Eyers-White

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Roundhouse, Garden of Unearthly Delights. 21 Feb 2024   If [ ... ]

Music Reviews

Symphony Series 3: GrandeurSymphony Series 3: GrandeurKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 12 Apr 2024   Grandeur was the Adelaide Symphony [ ... ]

Symphony Series 2: HorizonsSymphony Series 2: HorizonsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 22 Mar 2024   The physical horizon is almost mystical. [ ... ]

Gladys Knight: Farewell TourGladys Knight: Farewell TourAlex Wheaton

Frontier Touring. Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. 21 May 2024   This might be one of [ ... ]

Víkingur Ólafsson: Goldberg VariationsVíkingur Ólafsson: Goldberg VariationsKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Town Hall. 15 Mar 2024   Every now and then, one is fortunate enough [ ... ]

Recitals on the Fringe: Esmond ChoiRecitals on the Fringe: Esmond ChoiChris Reid

★★★★★ Recitals Australia. Esmond Choi, Piano. North Adelaide Baptist Church. 24 Feb 2024   A [ ... ]

Symphony Series 1: MajestySymphony Series 1: MajestyKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 9 Feb 2024   The ASO’s first Symphony Series [ ... ]

FragmentationFragmentationKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Grainger Studio. 2 Feb 2024   The Adelaide Symphony orchestra’s [ ... ]

Eternal BeautyEternal BeautyKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Grainger Studio. 8 Dec 2023   “Welcome to this unique listening [ ... ]

Smoke And MirrorsSmoke And MirrorsKym Clayton

Adelaide Wind Orchestra. Elder Hall. 25 Nov 2023   The Adelaide Wind Orchestra is a musical gem [ ... ]

Wildschut & BraussWildschut & BraussKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 15 Nov 2023   What does it mean to compose a piece of music for [ ... ]

A Symphony of SpaceA Symphony of SpaceKym Clayton

Woodville Concert Band. Woodville Town Hall. 20 Oct 2023   Community arts is alive and well in [ ... ]

Considering Matthew ShepardConsidering Matthew ShepardKym Clayton

Soundstream New Music. Elder Hall. 14 Oct 2023   Considering Matthew Shepard is billed as a “…modern [ ... ]

Vision String QuartetVision String QuartetKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 12 Oct 2023   On occasion you know that what you are hearing in [ ... ]

Symphony Series 7: DreamsSymphony Series 7: DreamsKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 22 Sep 2023   What’s in a title? The ASO’s [ ... ]

Emily Sun in RecitalEmily Sun in RecitalKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide. 9 Sep 2023   Violinist Emily [ ... ]

Matinee Series 3: CarefreeMatinee Series 3: CarefreeKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Elder Hall. 9 Aug 2023   This reviewer has previously remarked that [ ... ]

A Stroll Around EuropeA Stroll Around EuropeKym Clayton

James Huon George & Philippa McAuliffe. Urrbrae House. 30 Jul 2023   There is a relatively [ ... ]

Symphony Series 5: VitalitySymphony Series 5: VitalityKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 28 Jul 2023   After a measured performance of [ ... ]

Chopin’s PianoChopin’s PianoKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 26 Jul 2023   Chopin’s Piano is Musica Viva’s current [ ... ]

Symphony Series 4: EmbraceSymphony Series 4: EmbraceKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 7 Jul 2023   Tonight’s audience for the [ ... ]

Matinee Series 2: EleganceMatinee Series 2: EleganceKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 28 Jun 2023   The second concert in the ASO’s [ ... ]

Symphony Series 3: SkywardSymphony Series 3: SkywardKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 23 Jun 2023   Styled Skyward, the third concert [ ... ]

Garrick OhlssonGarrick OhlssonKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 8 Jun 2023   Garrick Ohlsson speaks from the stage at various [ ... ]

Henry Rollins - Good To See YouHenry Rollins - Good To See YouAlex Wheaton

Thebarton Theatre. 8 Jun 2023   I’ve attended Henry Rollins performances for over 30 years [ ... ]

UtopiasUtopiasKym Clayton

Australian String Quartet. Adelaide Town Hall. 22 May 2023   The power of music is indisputable. [ ... ]

Among The Birds And The TreesAmong The Birds And The TreesKym Clayton

Musica Viva. Adelaide Town Hall. 26 Apr 2023   Musica Viva can be relied upon to present the uncommon, [ ... ]

Symphony Series 2: WildSymphony Series 2: WildKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 21 Apr 2023   Dubbed Wild, the second concert [ ... ]

Matinee Series 1: RadianceMatinee Series 1: RadianceKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Elder Hall. 5 Apr 2023   Presented in the recently refurbished Elder [ ... ]

Symphony Series 1: PanoramaSymphony Series 1: PanoramaKym Clayton

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Adelaide Town Hall. 31 Mar 2023   The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s [ ... ]

CelestialCelestialKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. St Peter’s Cathedral. 15 Mar 2023   The Adelaide Chamber Singers is one [ ... ]

Music for other WorldsMusic for other WorldsSamela Harris

Adelaide Festival. Alex Frayne and Paul Grabowsky. Adelaide Town Hall. 15 Mar 2023   Adelaide Town [ ... ]

Kronos Five DecadesKronos Five DecadesKym Clayton

Adelaide Festival. Festival Theatre. 13 Mar 2023   The Kronos Quartet is not your usual string [ ... ]

Visual Arts Reviews

The Book of QuestionsThe Book of QuestionsJulianne Pierce

Aldo Iacobelli. Adelaide Central Gallery. 9 May 2024
  The entrance to Aldo Iacobelli’s exhibition [ ... ]

Waterhouse Natural Science Art PrizeWaterhouse Natural Science Art PrizeChris Reid

2024 Finalist Artworks. South Australian Museum. 22 Apr 2024   Public awareness of the changing [ ... ]

A Politics of the LivingA Politics of the LivingChris Reid

Ena Grozdanić. Post Office Projects. 2 Apr 2024   Ena Grozdanić’s exhibition A politics [ ... ]

Ice-told Stories Through Layers of DustIce-told Stories Through Layers of DustChris Reid

Penelope Cain. Post Office Projects. 2 Apr 2024   Penelope Cain’s Ice-told stories through [ ... ]

混沌知觉 Chaostopia混沌知觉 ChaostopiaChris Reid

Alice Hu. Nexus Arts Gallery. 2 Apr 2024   Alice Hu’s remarkable installation at Nexus [ ... ]

Bruce Nuske with Khai LiewBruce Nuske with Khai LiewWendy Walker

Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. 27 Mar 2024   The crowd was in a celebratory [ ... ]

Between the Details: Video Art from the ACMI CollectionBetween the Details: Video Art from the ACMI Colle...Chris Reid

Flinders University Museum of Art, Bedford Park. 15 Mar 2024   Between [the] Details is an engrossing [ ... ]

Dana AwartaniDana AwartaniWendy Walker

Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. 12 Mar 2024   The Samstag Museum of Art reopened [ ... ]

News & Opinion

Interview: Simone DiSisto on CabFringe 2024Interview: Simone DiSisto on CabFringe 2024Samela Harris

She says she’s a behind-the-scenes person in the arts, which is probably why not everyone knows [ ... ]

Opinion: History rests on the brink as SA Museum faces extinction eventOpinion: History rests on the brink as SA Museum f...Samela Harris

"Reimagine." This word set all my cultural alarm bells off into strident chimes of incredulity. The [ ... ]

Interview: Another Stroll in the ParkInterview: Another Stroll in the ParkMurray Bramwell

Murray Bramwell with Ian Scobie and Annette Tripodi. 20 Feb 2024   As WOMADelaide 2024 draws closer, [ ... ]

Story: Womadelaide 2024Story: Womadelaide 2024Paul Rodda

From the bustling streets of Paris to the serene landscapes of Tibet, from the rhythmic beats of Senegal [ ... ]

Opinion: David O’Brien’s 2023 Top TenOpinion: David O’Brien’s 2023 Top TenDavid O'Brien

Sociopolitical theatre/dance loomed large in mind through nationally and locally produced work in 2023. [ ... ]

Interview: Vonni Brit Watkins on Priscilla, The MusicalInterview: Vonni Brit Watkins on Priscilla, The Mu...Samela Harris

She's known simply as Vonni. Vonni Brit Watkins is Adelaide’s most vivacious transgender identity. Indeed, [ ... ]

Interview: The World Returns to Botanic ParkInterview: The World Returns to Botanic ParkMurray Bramwell

Murray Bramwell talks with Director Ian Scobie and Associate Director Annette Tripodi about the rapidly [ ... ]

Interview: Yungchen Lhamo’s WOMADelaide return.Interview: Yungchen Lhamo’s WOMADelaide return.Samela Harris

It was 28 years ago that we lay beneath the starlight in Botanic Park carried into a reverie as an ethereal [ ... ]

Interview: WOMAD musician shares the joyInterview: WOMAD musician shares the joySamela Harris

There he is, in home territory, Mumbai, sharply depicted against a pristine Zoom greenscreen. But it [ ... ]

Opinion: David O’Brien’s 2022 Top TenOpinion: David O’Brien’s 2022 Top TenDavid O'Brien

This year 10 just wasn’t enough; the 2022 Top Ten contains 11. Yes, there could be 50 in this list. [ ... ]

Interview: Laughter expected on the Reps 23rd floor this monthInterview: Laughter expected on the Reps 23rd floo...Samela Harris

Post covid lockdowns and pre a predicted new wave, what we really need is laughter.   And who best [ ... ]

Interview: Annette Tripodi & Ian Scobie on WOMADelaide 2022Interview: Annette Tripodi & Ian Scobie on WOMADel...Murray Bramwell

Back to the Park: WOMADelaide 2022 Returns to Full Strength.   Director Ian Scobie and Associate [ ... ]

Story: Artists Petition SA Government to increase Fringe FundingStory: Artists Petition SA Government to increase ...Administrator

An unprecedented groundswell of pressure has erupted from the direction Fringe artists, summoning [ ... ]

Interview: Balkan Ethno OrchestraInterview: Balkan Ethno OrchestraSamela Harris

Out of these difficult few years of negative, comes a resounding positive. It is the Balkan Ethno Orchestra [ ... ]

Russell Starke OAMRussell Starke OAMSamela Harris

Russell Starke OAM.   He was one of our own, an early member of the Adelaide Critics Circle and [ ... ]

Interview: Reb Fountain for Womadelaide 2022Interview: Reb Fountain for Womadelaide 2022Samela Harris

In itself, her name rings a sense of gentle beauty with firm resolve. And, in herself, so it very much [ ... ]

Interview: Kelly Vincent on UnSeen and disability advocacyInterview: Kelly Vincent on UnSeen and disability ...Samela Harris

Are disabled people “unseen” by the able-bodied? Kelly Vincent thinks so. Indeed, she [ ... ]

Interview: Anchuli Felicia King on White Pearl for OzAsia 2021Interview: Anchuli Felicia King on White Pearl for...Samela Harris

How seriously do we dare to take the promises of the cosmetics industry? And, what is beauty, anyway? Such [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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