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What’s on: big hair, ballet, imps and angry men


A fresh spin on Rumpelstiltskin, Australian Ballet’s celebrated show Nijinsky, colourful beehive musical Hairspray, an interactive take on 12 Angry Men, a new theatre work exploring the notion of crisis, movies and much more.

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Rumpelstiltskin – Dunstan Playhouse

Paul Capsis stars as shape-shifting imp Rumpelstiltskin in this new spin on an old fairytale presented by Windmill Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of SA. Directed by Windmill’s Rosemary Myers and said to be suitable for “ages eight to 108”, it’s at the Dunstan Playhouse until October 30. Read more about the show, especially the design elements, in this CityMag story.

Australian Ballet’s Nijinsky – Festival Theatre

Nijinsky. Photo: Jeff Busby

Nijinsky. Photo: Jeff Busby

This explosive work charts the rise and fall of celebrated choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, described as having “changed dance forever with his explosive leap and his shockingly sensual choreography, before a dark descent into madness ended his career”. Nijinsky is being presented by the Australian Ballet, with the ASO, at the Festival Theatre until October 18.

Collisions – Art Gallery of SA

Artist Lynette Wallworth’s new virtual-reality screen project Collisions is being presented by the Adelaide Film Festival and Art Gallery of SA at the gallery until the end of October. VR technology used in the work enables viewers to go on a personal journey with Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, of the Pilbara in Western Australia, whose first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s when he witnessed an atomic test. Read more here.

Life is Short and Long – Waterside


SA performer and theatre-maker Emma Beech’s new work explores the notion of “crisis” – “its politics, personality and transformative qualities” – in three seemingly very disparate locations: Barcelona, Wirrabara in SA’s mid-north and Port Adelaide. Life is Short and Long is being presented by Vitalstatistix and Country Arts SA at Waterside, Port Adelaide, until October 21.

Oktoberfest in the Gardens – Adelaide Showgrounds

Roving performers, a silent disco, an eclectic mix of entertainment, German food stalls and what is spruiked as “Australia’s largest ever beer hall” can be found at Oktoberfest in the Gardens, from 2pm until 11pm on Saturday at the Showgrounds. Details here.

Hairspray: The Big Fat Arena Spectacular – Entertainment Centre

Christine Anu in Hairspray.

Christine Anu in Hairspray.

Featuring singer and actress Christine Anu as Motormouth Maybelle, this touring production of Hairspray will transport audiences back to the ’60s, when Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad dreams of being on a popular television dancing show. There are performances at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre tonight (Friday) and tomorrow.

Nuclear – Tandanya

This exhibition at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is the result of a project involving more than 50 artists and incorporates video, sculpture, paintings, photography and sound. Nuclear artworks share the stories of those directly affected by the atomic age, including members of Indigenous communities forced to move during British atomic bomb tests at Maralinga. It’s showing until November 12.

12 Angry Men – Holden Street Theatres

12-angry-men-holden-st-theatresThe audience will be pulled into the jury room in Matt Byrne Media’s new take on Reginald Rose’s 1950s drama 12 Angry Men, with each audience member given a connection to one of the 12 jurors hearing the case of a young man accused of murdering his father. The play is in The Studio, Holden Street Theatres, until October 29.

Circus of IllusionBonython Park, Port Road

Illusionist Michael Boyd (Cabaret de Paris, The Ultimate Vegas Show) is presenting his new show, Circus of Illusion, under the big top in Bonython Park until October 23. It will include clowns, magicians, mime artists, aerialists, jugglers and more, as well workshops for children.

Glen Hansard – Her Majesty’s Theatre


Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard – originally from The Frames and star of the film Once – is performing in Adelaide for one night on October 20 as part of his national Didn’t He Ramble tour. He will be accompanied by an 11-piece group, including piano, strings and brass section.

The Dressmaker Costume ExhibitionAyers House

More than 50 costumes worn by actors including Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook in Australian film The Dressmaker are on display in this exhibition at Ayers House Museum until December 11. The display, developed for the National Trust by award-winning designer Marion Boyce, offers a taste of 1950s Parisian couture. Details here.

On screen

See reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

Joe Cinque’s Consolation
Deepwater Horizon
The Magnificent Seven
The Beatles – Eight Days a Week
Pete’s Dragon

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