Be enchanted by princes, swans, wolves, clowns and Cheshire cats – plus a dash of romance, mystery, magic and more.
The Australian Ballet is marking its 50th anniversary with a tour of what is possibly the world’s best-known ballet. A traditional production featuring “a troubled prince, an enchanted swan, a malevolent magician and doomed love”, it is at the Festival Theatre from July 6-11, with a post-performance Q&A on Monday with Australian Ballet artistic director David McAllister, artistic staff and dancers.
Big Bad Wolf
“He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history,” is how Windmill Theatre describes this infamous, sharp-toothed fairytale character. This show, at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre, promises to turn the tables and make you wonder why you were scared in the first place. Recommended for ages five and up, there are daily performances until July 13.
Indigenous roots singer-songwriter Frank Yamma will be joined by Adelaide reggae band Kineman Karma and rock/roots/reggae act MERRg for the first show in a new music series at Nexus Multicultural Arts titled Continuity, Culture and Country. Launched in conjunction with Kurruru youth performing arts, the series seeks to celebrate emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians across a range of genres. Doors open at 8pm for the performance tomorrow (July 6).
The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare’s convoluted comedy of mistaken identity revolving around two sets of identical twins is being presented in the Dunstan Playhouse in a new co-production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Bell Shakespeare, with performances until July 14 ahead of a six-month tour of 31 cities. Read InDaily’s review here.
This Adelaide-based instrumental group are bringing their unique sound to the Wheatsheaf Hotel on Sunday (July 7) in a free gig that kicks off at 4pm. The band list their influences as ranging from rock, classical and jazz to Greek, Spanish, Latin, Middle Eastern, African and Celtic, with their instruments including a steel string guitar, bass guitar, cello, violin, percussion, oboe and cor anglais. For added temptation, the Wheaty has switched seven of its 13 taps to the dark side for all this month in a black beer celebration titled Font of Darkness.
Alice in Wonderland
Want to take a journey down the rabbit hole with Alice? Then pop along to the Pulteney Pop-Up Gallery (266 Pulteney Street), where you’ll find artist Jennifer Mary Robertson’s exhibition of paintings based on John Tenniel’s original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s whacky tale. Robertson says she chose the theme of Alice in Wonderland for her large, brightly painted canvases after some “topsy-turvy events in her own life mirroring some of those in Alice’s great and strange adventure”. The exhibition is showing until July 14 only, and is open from 11am-5pm on the weekends.
Phantom of the Opera
Producer/director Matt Byrne promises a “drama-charged evening of romance, murder and mystery” as he brings the music of the night to Adelaide’s Arts Theatre (July 4-13) and Elizabeth’s Shedley Theatre (July 18-27). The amateur production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical – about a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius – stars Michael Bates in the title role and Ellonye Keniry as Christine. Read InDaily’s review here.
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