Theatre Reviews

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

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

GodzGodzAlex Wheaton

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Head First Acrobats. The Vault / Fools Paradise. 20 Feb 2024   One [ ... ]

Circus The ShowCircus The ShowArna Eyers-White

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Showmen Productions. The Moa, Gluttony. 19 Feb 2024   The Moa is [ ... ]

Signor BaffoSignor BaffoArna Eyers-White

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Interactive Theatre International. Ukiyo, Gluttony. 18 Feb 2024   The [ ... ]

Justin’s BIG Balloon ShowJustin’s BIG Balloon ShowArna Eyers-White

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Presented by Showmen Productions. The May Wirth, Gluttony. 18 Feb 2024   As [ ... ]

Crème de la CrèmeCrème de la CrèmeAlex Wheaton

★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. The Vault / Fools Paradise. 17 Feb 2024   After queueing for quite [ ... ]

Fafi D’Alour UncutFafi D’Alour UncutAlex Wheaton

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Ukiyo / Gluttony. 17 Feb 2024   This is burlesque in a pure and [ ... ]

Hamlet in Fifteen MinutesHamlet in Fifteen MinutesSamela Harris

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Holden Street Theatres, Barbara Hardy Garden. 18 Feb 2024   No [ ... ]

Ham and PineappleHam and PineappleSamela Harris

★★★★1/2 Adelaide Fringe. Holden Street Theatres, The Arch   Peter Goers is back doing [ ... ]

We Have All the Time in the WorldWe Have All the Time in the WorldDavid O'Brien

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. SAYarts. The Gallery at The Courtyard of Curiosities, Migration Museum. [ ... ]

England & SonEngland & SonKym Clayton

★★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. The Studio, Holden Street Theatres. 17 Feb 2024   England & [ ... ]

Trail’s EndTrail’s EndKym Clayton

★★★ Jannali Jones. Adelaide Fringe. Domain Theatre. 16 Feb 2024   Trail’s End [ ... ]

GravGravSamela Harris

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Holden Street Theatres, Ruby’s Room. 15 Feb 2024

It might be the [ ... ]

The Portable Dorothy ParkerThe Portable Dorothy ParkerSamela Harris

★★★★ Adelaide Fringe. Holden Street Theatres, The Arch. 15 Feb 2024

She was not a very nice [ ... ]

The ChildrenThe ChildrenSamela Harris

State Theatre Company South Australia. Dunstan Playhouse. 6 Feb 2024   Post Fukushima, the monstrous [ ... ]

Miss SaigonMiss SaigonPaul Rodda

Cameron Mackintosh in association with GWB Entertainment. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 5 Jan 2024   It [ ... ]

Dead Man’s Cell PhoneDead Man’s Cell PhoneDavid Grybowski

State Theatre Company South Australia with Caitlin Ellen Moore and Tim Overton. Slingsby’s Hall [ ... ]

The Marriage of FigaroThe Marriage of FigaroKym Clayton

State Opera South Australia. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 16 Nov 2023   First-time main stage director [ ... ]

Welcome To Your New LifeWelcome To Your New LifeDavid O'Brien

State Theatre Company South Australia. Space Theatre. 14 Nov 2023   “Is it you creating you, [ ... ]

Night, MotherNight, MotherDavid O'Brien

Holden Street Theatres Inc. 9 Nov 2023   Thelma (Kathryn Fisher) sits alone hugging a stove pot [ ... ]

4.48 Psychosis4.48 PsychosisDavid Grybowski

By Sarah Kane. Famous Last Words. Goodwood Theatre & Studios. 1 Nov 2023   Content Warning: [ ... ]

RedsRedsDavid O'Brien

Bronwen James. Star Theatres – The Chapel. 20 Oct 2023   Reds is a cabaret about rangas that [ ... ]

The GardenThe GardenDavid O'Brien

Theatre Republic with the Adelaide Festival Centre. Space Theatre. 14 Oct 2023   The Garden confirms [ ... ]

InkInkDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Theatre Guild Student Society. Little Theatre. 12 Oct 2023
  British playwright James [ ... ]

A New Brain: A Musical ComedyA New Brain: A Musical ComedyDavid O'Brien

David Gauci and Davine Productions. Start Theatres. 13 Oct 2023   Director/Set Designer David Gauci’s [ ... ]

The Great Moscow Circus – ExtremeThe Great Moscow Circus – ExtremePaul Rodda

Bonython Park. 29 Sep 2023   Every year, the circus comes to town. Travelling groups of performers [ ... ]

All The Things I Couldn’t SayAll The Things I Couldn’t SayDavid Grybowski

Deus Ex Femina. Matthew Flinders Theatre – Flinders University. 27 Sep 2023   The title says [ ... ]

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The MusicalPriscilla Queen of the Desert, The MusicalSamela Harris

Gilbert and Sullivan Society of South Australia. The Arts Theatre. 21 Sep 2023   It felt as if [ ... ]

19841984David Grybowski

Adelaide Theatre Guild Student Society. Little Theatre. 16 Sep 2023   George Orwell’s 1984 [ ... ]

MacbethMacbethKym Clayton

State Opera South Australia. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 7 Sep 2023   State Opera South Australia’s [ ... ]

Noises OffNoises OffSamela Harris

The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre. 1 Sep 2023   Make ‘em laugh. It’s a showbiz [ ... ]

Home, I’m DarlingHome, I’m DarlingSamela Harris

Therry Theatre. Arts Theatre. 18 Aug 2023   The play’s title only really makes sense after [ ... ]

Hans – Disco SpektakularHans – Disco SpektakularDavid Grybowski

Watercooler Talent & The Harbour Agency. Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre. 12 Aug [ ... ]

YuldeaYuldeaDavid O'Brien

Bangarra Dance Theatre / Adelaide Festival Centre. Her Majesty’s Theatre. 10 Aug 2023   Dispossession [ ... ]

Disney’s Frozen JrDisney’s Frozen JrSamela Harris

Pelican Productions. Arts Theatre. 5 Aug 2023   One doesn't know how Jen Frith and Kylie Green [ ... ]

ProudProudSamela Harris

Famous Last Words. Goodwood Theatre. 29 Jul 2023   Who would want to be James Watson? He returns [ ... ]

Mary PoppinsMary PoppinsPaul Rodda

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 5 Jul 2023   The whimsical adventures [ ... ]

BàrbarosBàrbarosDavid O'Brien

AFCT, Limosani Projekts, Brink Productions. Space Theatre. 30 June 2023   Bàrbaros is a [ ... ]

The Desert PleaThe Desert PleaKym Clayton

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Adelaide Festival Theatre Quartet Bar. 24 Jun 2023   The Desert Plea [ ... ]

PrizmatismPrizmatismKym Clayton

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre Banquet Bar. 21 Jun 2023   American chanteuse Amelia [ ... ]

At What CostAt What CostAlex Wheaton

State Theatre Company South Australia and Belvoir Theatre. Odeon Theatre. 20 Jun 2023   A pair [ ... ]

Rockwiz Salutes AdelaideRockwiz Salutes AdelaideKym Clayton

Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre. 17 Jun 2023   It is not practical to hold RocKwiz in an intimate [ ... ]

An Evening Without Kate BushAn Evening Without Kate BushDavid Grybowski

Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre. 15 Jun 2023   I don’t know much about Kate Bush, let alone [ ... ]

Adelaide TonightAdelaide TonightSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre. 16 Jun 2023   She’s the last one standing.  Lionel [ ... ]

Mark Nadler - The Old Razzle DazzleMark Nadler - The Old Razzle DazzleSamela Harris

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Banquet Room 15 Jun 2023   Mark Nadler is back in town. Thank dog and [ ... ]

Edge of Reality – Songs of Elvis PresleyEdge of Reality – Songs of Elvis PresleyDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Festival Centre. Dunstan Playhouse. 14 June 2023   Elvis didn’t write any songs [ ... ]

The Blank Page with Eddie PerfectThe Blank Page with Eddie PerfectDavid Grybowski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Banquet Room. 11 Jun 2023   Eddie Perfect is fascinated with the [ ... ]

Singing StraightSinging StraightKym Clayton

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Banquet Room. 11 Jun 2023   Mark Trevorrow trying to sing ‘straight’?  [ ... ]

Music Reviews

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 [ ... ]

News & Opinion

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 [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

Paul Rodda

 

Paul is passionate about Adelaide theatre, and has been involved both onstage and behind the scenes for more than a decade. As Editor and Creative Director of The Barefoot Review, Paul is keen to reach more and more people, and expose them to the wonderful theatre, music, food and wine that Adelaide has to offer.

 

Paul has a Media Arts Drama, Performance and Writing degree from the University of South Australia, as well as a Diploma of Arts in Design and a Diploma of Retail Business Management.

 

Paul has been a critic since 2006, covering theatre, music, opera and dance for various publications including Encore Magazine, Stage Whispers Magazine, and The Independent Weekly. Paul was Editor of Encore Magazine for 3 years from 2006 to 2009. Since passing the Encore editorial torch, Paul has been able to focus his own website, The Barefoot Review.

Paul is a trained dancer in many styles, and competed nationally in Ballroom and Latin before retiring from Dance in 2010 to pursue other avenues of interest. Behind the scenes he continues to be involved with the Theatre Association of South Australia, on their committee.

 

Paul can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Paul is a member of the Adelaide Critics Circle.

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