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This weekend’s line-up ranges from a performance of Benjamin Britten’s powerful anti-war masterpiece and a film festival promoting sustainability, to theatresports, puppetry, horseplay and all that jazz.

Britten’s War Requiem

Three hundred musicians will take to the Festival Theatre stage for this Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance of Benjamin Britten’s powerful composition condemning war and the politics of hate. Part of the ASO’s Britten centenary celebrations, the one-off performance on Saturday night (November 2) will also feature soprano Dina Kuznetsova, tenor Andrew Staples, bass Marcus Farnsworth, the Adelaide Symphony Chorus and Young Adelaide Voices. Combining the traditional Latin Requiem mass text with Wilfred Owen’s anti-war poems, War Requiem is described by former Adelaide Festival director Anthony Steel, who was at its 1962 world premiere, as “one of the 20th century’s undisputed masterpieces”.

Transitions Film Festival

Films highlighting social and environmental sustainability issues will be showcased during this three-week festival at the Mercury Cinema. Opening weekend films include the climate-change doco Two Degrees (see InDaily interview with director Jeff Canin); Chasing Ice, which follows National Geographic photographer James Balog’s mission to capture the retreat of Arctic glaciers; and the Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant feature film Promised Land. Transitions Film Festival also includes panel discussions with filmmakers and sustainability experts.

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Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about the one-legged Tin Soldier who goes to extremes to win over the Tissue Paper Ballerina is brought to life in this stage show by German puppet theatre company Thalias Kompagnons. At the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre for just two more days (last shows November 2), the performance is described as a “vibrant fusion of painting and theatre” suitable for ages six through to 70. There will also be free kids’ workshops in the theatre foyer on Saturday from 11am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm.


The Adelaide season for this horse-and-human extravaganza has been extended yet again – this time until November 17. Cavalia features live music, colourful costumes and backdrops, and impressive acrobats/dancers/riders in a performance which celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. You can see it under the Big White Top on West Beach Road. (See InDaily’s review.)

British India

Melbourne “pop-infused garage punk” band British India will be playing at The Gov on Saturday in the final show on their national tour. The lads have been performing in cities across the country to launch the single “Blinded”, from their top-10 ARIA album Controller, before they go back to the studio to start work new material.

Vere (Faith)

This weekend is your last chance to see John Doyle’s Vere, which stars Paul Blackwell as a respected physics professor on the verge of retirement whose world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. The play is co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of SA (see InDaily’s review).

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Want to experience a last bit of footy fever for 2013? David Williamson’s The Club (right) centres on the “dirty boardroom politics” that follow the power struggles  of  a football club that hasn’t won a premiership in 19 years. The satirical play is being presented by Galleon Theatre Group at the Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre, until November 9.

Selby & Friends

The chamber music trio return to Adelaide’s Elder Hall on Sunday afternoon (November 3) for the final performance of their Three Shades of Melody tour. Pianist Kathryn Selby, cellist Julian Smiles and violinist Sophie Rowell will perform three works which Selby says reflect very different approaches to the piano trio genre: Beethoven’s first piano trio, Antonin Dvorak’s “Dumky” piano trio, and Spanish composer Joaquin Turina’s “Circulo” (Circle).

SA Theatresports Cup

“It’s Adelaide’s best-of-the-best improvisors going head-to-head to determine just who is SA Great… it’s gonna be Heaps Good.” That’s how On the Fly … Improvisational Theatre describes the State Theatresports Cup event this Sunday (November 3) at the Arkaba Hotel. With the winners getting the chance to compete for SA at the Theatresports National Championships in Sydney next year, we’re told the players will be putting it all on the line in the name of national glory – and laughs.

Gawler Jazz Festival

Coinciding with the Gawler Rotary Village Fair in Pioneer Park on Saturday (November 2), the first Gawler Jazz Festival will feature “pop-up busking” and performances in various venues around town over the weekend. Bands will include Colonel Mustard, the Adelaide City Jazzmen, Various Nefarious, and the Cara Lippis & Steve Pederson Duo.

Serbian Film Festival

The Serbian Film Festival opens tonight and runs until November 10 at Hoyts Tee Tree Plaza, with two documentaries and six feature films across a range of different genres. Opening-night film Ice centres on a village family in the 1970s amid the “period of false bliss in Yugoslavia during the last decade of Tito’s life”, with other screenings including Albert’s Way, a documentary about modern movie camera designer Albert Meyer, who was born in a small Serbian village.

Italian Film Festival

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas is showcasing 27 new films and one golden oldie over 20 days until November 11. Screenings this weekend include The Great Beauty, a “drama of love and regret”; Honey, which explores the controversial topic of euthanasia, and The Interval, which centres on two teens thrown together in tense circumstances. (see InDaily reviews here, here and here).

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

Captain Phillips
National Theatre Live: Macbeth
About Time
Mystery Road
2 Guns
Metallica: Through the Never
Tim Winton’s The Turning

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