Reviews

Adelaide Fringe Review: Elf Lyons Raven releasing inner demons using the power of mime

Elf Lyons bounces on stage. The audience is crammed into the basement-like Gallery Theatre, the front row with a plastic sheet “for protection.” In fact the entire set is covered in plastic, looking like Patrick Bateman’s room from one of the murder scenes from American Psycho. We’ve already been warmed up with a soundtrack including…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Infamous the Show is a sexy high flying circus with thrills galore

The Infamous circus tent is a beacon in Ellis Park, on Adelaide’s West Terrace, right next door to Adelaide High. The massive purpose built Spiegel big-top houses the Ashton Family touring circus. The circus was acquired by James Henry Ashton in 1850, and today is run by 6th generation Ashtons and is now known as…

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Adelaide Fringe review: Ten Thousand Hours proves that effort and perspiration have their rewards

Gravity and Other Myths is the company presenting the show Ten Thousand Hours. The title of the show pays respect to those performers who spend upwards of 10,000 hours honing their craft. It’s generally considered how much time is required to become competent at a craft. In a way there is a nod to both…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Masonic Hall basement hosts a plethora of visual experiences

The Masonic Hall on North terrace in Adelaide is an imposing building, that has a sense of curiosity to most people. For the 2024 season of the Adelaide Fringe, the Electric Dreams collective have bought together a selection of visual treats. Entrance to the shows are via the front entrance into the basement, where a…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: CIRCUS OF F[ACT]S is a fun-filled afternoon for the kids

The Adelaide Fringe is spread over several hubs around Adelaide, and indeed around the state. Fools Paradise in Victoria Square, in the city centre is one of those.  A couple of large circus tents, a trapeze school, food and drink outlets and some fun installations are dotted around. While it may not have the glamour…

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Maho Magic Bar

Adelaide Fringe review: The Maho Magic Bar is full of surprises

Recreating the feeling of the famous magic bars dotted throughout Tokyo, The Maho Magic Bar has set up shop in Adelaide Fringe‘s Garden of Unearthly Delights. The Garden itself is probably the best known hub of the Fringe, in the parklands east of Rundle Street in Adelaide. While the clientele relaxes in the outside bar waiting…

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Cabaret Review: GATSBY at The Green Light will enthral and delight

Most people would be familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby (or at least Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film of the same name) and the story of mysterious and wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for Daisy Buchanan and his unfortunate end. GATSBY at The Green Light, playing at the Sydney Opera House, transforms…

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Circus 1903

Review: Roll up, roll up! Circus 1903 is a dazzling reflection of the traditional and spectacular travelling circus.

There are circus performances, and then there are circus performances. Circus 1903, with a very limited run at the Sydney Opera House, is a visual feast, dazzling audiences and leaving jaws on the floor with serious talent. This show has aerialists, contortionists, cyclists, jugglers, strongmen, clowns, and everything in between. Circus 1903, which toured across…

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Rouge

Theatre Review: Rouge is an incredibly saucy adult circus, for ladies, gentlemen, and people beyond the binary

A circus for adults only, Rouge is a sexy show touring and currently playing at the Sydney Spiegeltent (House of Mirrors) at The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney. The intention was to create a show that represented what doesn’t often make it to the stage: queer relationships, female sexuality, kink, and non-binary characters. Rouge had it all…

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Sneak Peek of some of the exciting acts of the 2023 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival

The Cabaret Fringe Festival is an open-access arts festival held annually in Adelaide, South Australia. We caught up with vivacious Festival Producer Lauren Thiel at The Piccadilly, showcasing some of the acts on offer this year. Dolly Diamond is the emcee of the nightly CabLIVE at The Piccadilly. These recreate the memorable past nights at…

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Theatre Review: MATADOR is a fiery fusion of dance and burlesque

MATADOR is a Spanish dance extravaganza tale of forbidden love, desires and pain. First presented in 2022, MATADOR is back in Adelaide’s first theatre, the Queen’s Theatre. With 14 performers on a stage that extends out into the cafe-style VIP seating area, it is a credit to the production team that they managed to present…

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Festival Review: Mona Foma in Launceston finds its quirky, inclusive footing for its 2023 edition

After debuting its Launceston component in 2019, it’s a shame that Mona Foma – so often associated with its decade+ engagement in Hobart – had to momentarily stall its grind (as did the rest of the art scene) when a certain pandemic gloomed over the globe. In 2023, it’s more than making up for lost…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Rouge goes Rogue is saucy fun and entertaining

The late night performance of Rouge is a little bit more saucy and raucous than the earlier evening shows, but with all the passion and fun that one expects. There’s a feeling of rawness and spontaneity that begins soon after the audience fills the Moa tent in Gluttony. In tight black pants, high heels and…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Marvellous Elephant Man: The Musical is an absolute riot

As the crowd filled the smokey Wonderland Spiegeltent in the Wonderland Festival Hub, the excitement in the air was palpable. And it was no surprise, considering that The Marvellous Elephant Man: The Musical had been described as The Book Of Mormon meets Beauty and the Beast. Just how on Earth were they going to pull…

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Ben Hart

Adelaide Fringe Review: Ben Hart’s magic is delightful and enchanting

Ben Hart is no stranger to the Adelaide Fringe, but this year he is surrounded by walls rather than being in a tent. He comes on stage, dressed in a black suit and tells us about his love for magic. His story is enchanting and soothing as he explains that the magic exists in us…

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Maho Magic Bar - cast and audience members

Adelaide Fringe Review: Maho Magic Bar lives up to its name

The Maho Magic Bar has returned to Adelaide Fringe in The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Modelled on the Magic bars of Tokyo, tricksters entertain the audience whilst they sip on cocktails. Inside the Maho Bar, there are four bar areas and a separate table and each one hosts a conjurer. The atmosphere is loud, raucous…

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Lady Sings The Blues

Sydney Festival Review: Working through the power and the pain of women in music with Prinnie Stevens in Lady Sings the Blues

Best known as a finalist on the commercial television singing competition, The Voice, Prinnie Stevens is a singer and theatre performer, starring in productions including The Bodyguard and Thriller Live. In Lady Sings the Blues, Prinnie brings her Tongan Catholic heritage to stage and maps out a life and love of strong women in music….

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Review: Blanc de Blanc Encore is the best thing going in Sydney right now

Many Sydneysiders are already familiar with Blanc de Blanc. Strut N Fret’s incredibly flirtatious, Champagne-fueled stab at high-class cabaret has played around the city for years, popping up every so often at different views including a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House. Now, it’s back. And quite honestly, we should all be so glad that…

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Wide shot of a dark room with spotlights shinning on a man suspended in mid-air by a rope.

Cabaret Review: Velvet Rewired at the Sydney Opera House is Studio 54 on steroids

With a disco soundtrack that had more than one person dancing in the aisles, Velvet Rewired at the Sydney Opera House is an explosion of glitter, glam and classic 70s hits. Lead by the iconic Marcia Hines, the night is filled with aerial feats, acrobatics and vocal talents. The show adopts a vaudeville – style…

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Two women hang from a chandelier.

Cabaret Review: L’Hôtel at the Sydney Opera House is a decadent indulgence that will leave you wanting more

Bringing together performers from Australia and abroad, L’Hôtel at the Sydney Opera House combines cabaret, circus and a touch of burlesque all within the walls of an opulent French hotel lobby. Directed by Craig Ilott and choreographed by Lucas Newland and Jo Cotterill, the audience is invited to take a seat in Le Salon and…

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Review: Cirque du Soleil and Disney make magic with the Orlando residency Drawn To Life

Cirque Du Soleil’s first brand new production since the pandemic, Drawn To Life, is also their first official Walt Disney collaboration. This is despite having had a theatre on the Disney Springs grounds in Orlando since 1998. The beautiful space was their first custom built, permanent venue and residency outside of Las Vegas, with the…

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Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Theatre Review: Family-friendly Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus delivers a joyful burst of energy

Presented by Circa, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus has a short stint at the Theatre Royal, adding a cheeky element of fun to the school holidays. The show is a more ‘child-friendly’ version of its adult counterpart, Circa’s Peepshow, which runs parallel in the evenings. The classical composer’s music comes to life on stage as the…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Purple Rabbit is full of magical surprises

The Strut and Fret Production Company have had a very successful relationship with the Adelaide Fringe over the years. Popular shows such as Limbo and Blanc de Blanc have had sell-out seasons. Their latest offering, The Purple Rabbit is easily set to follow this trend. The show is set at the Roundhouse, in the Garden…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Discovering the difference between Soggy and Moist

What is the difference between Soggy and Moist? For this Scratch Arts team, it’s the level of camp, clothing, and age relevancy. Both shows use the same actors. They both have the same storyline. Both feature bubbles and fun props. But they are aimed at very different markets. Loosely the story is that our hero…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Arcadia takes us on an unknown journey

As the lights go down in the Octagon tent in Gluttony, three dancers emerge on stage in billowing sheets. It sets a sexy sultry mood. Arcadia is described as a “Journey to a desert utopia celebrating idealistic social values of the wild and free.” The mood suddenly changes as Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” sounds out….

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Blanc de Blanc Encore

Adelaide Fringe Gallery: Blanc de Blanc Encore at the Garden of Unearthly Delights

Strut & Fret’s Blanc de Blanc have been a popular part of the Adelaide Fringe in recent years, and this year the team returns for an Encore. With all the glam, glitz, cabaret, burlesque, camp and tasteful nudity we’ve come to expect, there is something for almost all of the family. Acrobats twirl overhead and…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Massaoke Oz brings late night party dance favourites back

The Massaoke Oz open air sing-along dance spectacular is back at Moa in Gluttony for more Fringe fun. The five-piece band decked out in glitter and glam certainly warmed up the crowd with all the party tune favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s. A relaxation in COVID rules meant that you could dance, albeit…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Someday – A Mindful Cabaret lifts the spirits high

Jennifer Trijo, OzAsia and Fringe Festival performer, has created Someday – A Mindful Cabaret performance at artist collective space The Mill. Together with performers Amber Fibrosi and Jakub Gaudasinski, the trio perform soulful and uplifting songs as well as challenging ourselves to be the best that we can be. Early in the performance there is…

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Fringe World Review: Sinsuality offers cabaret, circus, drag debauchery and much more

A drag-filled cabaret circus themed around the theological Roman Catholic seven deadly sins? Sounds like a recipe for something raucous but distinctly left of centre, filled with innuendo and debauchery! ‘Sinsuality: Make It Reign’ brings all that and more, led by larger-than-life drag MC BarbieQ, driving the show forward all while offering insights into her…

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Titane is an auto-erotic body horror oddity focused on the specifics of sexual identity: Sydney Film Festival Review

Similar to how Jordan Peele, Robert Eggers, Jennifer Kent, and Ari Aster all secured their place in the annals of genre cinema with their debut offerings, Julia Docournau‘s bold cannibalistic horror effort Raw cemented the French filmmaker as a name to pay consistent attention to.  And just as those aforementioned auteurs all swung big with…

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