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There’s a whole lotta Shakespeare going on in Adelaide this weekend – plus SALA’s smorgasbord of art, symphony, Spin-Off and more.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Bard is back as the State Theatre Company of SA brings this whirlwind romp through Shakespeare’s 37 plays to the Dunstan Playhouse for a brief return season of just three nights (August 1-3).  The show, currently on a national tour, sees three actors taking the audience on what the company describes as a “side-splitting roller-coaster ride involving improvisation, pop culture and audience participation, as well as the fastest, funniest Hamlet you’re ever likely to see”.

Richard III

“Does Shakespeare’s favourite villain King Richard prove we get the rulers we deserve?” the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild asks in its flier for this new production, which takes a rather more serious, yet still modern, approach to the playwright’s work. The Guild is presenting Richard III at Little Theatre, The Cloisters (Adelaide University) on August 3, 6-10 and 13.17.


August is the month to get arty, with the annual South Australian Living Artists Festival showcasing the work of 4917 artists in 502 exhibitions and events across the state. Highlights include open studios, talks and art tours, with an Art Collectors’ Tour on Saturday offering a chance to meet gallery directors and learn more about buying art and collecting trends (2pm departure from Samstag Museum of Art). Read InDaily’s SALA exhibition preview here.

Spin Off Music Festival

A bite-sized version of last weekend’s Splendour in the Grass music festival at Byron Bay, this all-ages event at Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre features Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Snakadaktal, Chet Faker, Fidlar, The Jungle Giants and Dune Rats. Doors open at 2.30pm today (Friday).

At Last – The Etta James Story

Songstress Vika Bull tells the story of Etta James’ troubled life in this acclaimed “narrative concert” at Her Majesty’s Theatre on August 2-3. Bull is joined by The Essential R&B Band in songs such as “Tell Mama”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and, of course, “At Last”.

ASO – Masters 9

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Arvo Volmer will complete their Mahler Symphony Cycle on Saturday night with a performance of the composer’s Ninth Symphony at the Festival Theatre. The symphony was Mahler’s last, but he never heard it performed before he died. Directly after the 80-minute performance there will be a conversation with Volmer and ABC Classic FM’s Simon Healy on reaching the end of the ASO’s Mahler Symphony Cycle.

Unsettled – Recent Acquisitions of Australian Art

There’s just one week left to catch this Art Gallery of SA display of works deliberately designed to disturb or unsettle. Showing in Gallery 9 until August 11, Unsettled includes works ranging from Charles Robb’s large installation of a hanging man, Address, to the “recognisable yet alien” world of artists such as David Noonan and Peter Booth. According to the gallery notes, the tone of all the works is “sinister and comical in equal parts”.


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