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What's on: Cabaret Festival finale, Book of Mormon, Winter Fire


InDaily’s hit list of events and shows, including Kate Miller-Heidke, the Modern Maori Quartet and RocKwiz live at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival; the opening of hit musical comedy The Book of Mormon, and a night of blazing music with ASO’s Winter Fire.

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival

It’s the final weekend of the Cabaret Festival, and there are still plenty of treats in store – including a performance by Australia’s 2019 Eurovision contender Kate Miller-Heidke, who is appearing at the Thebarton Theatre tomorrow night with collaborator Keir Nuttall, Iain Grandage and a string quartet. Other highlights include RocKwiz Salutes the Rock Musical (tonight at the Thebby), West End star Ruthie Henshall performing a solo show in the Spiegeltent, the Modern Maori Quartet, and variety act Hot Gin Punch (presented by the duo behind Mother’s Ruin) at The 11 O’Clock Number late-night club. State Theatre’s End of the Rainbow – a show tracking the final months of Judy Garland, and presented as part of the Cabaret Festival – also has its final performances this weekend. Read all InDaily’s festival stories and reviews here.

The Book of Mormon

Photo: Jeff Busby

Multi-award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon touches down in Adelaide next week after notching up nearly 1000 performances across its Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane seasons. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, alongside Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), the musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent on a mission to Uganda which proves much more difficult than expected. Many critics have lauded it as one of the funniest musicals ever written, and the show has broken box office records across Australia and the US. Performances open at the Festival Theatre on June 26 and continue until August 11.

ASO’s Winter Fire

The fourth concert in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series, Winter Fire will feature the orchestra’s artist in association, violinist Pinchas Zukerman (pictured above), cellist Amanda Forsyth and conductor Benjamin Northey. It will open with two soulful songs by Elgar (Chanson de matin and Chanson de nuit), followed by the world premiere of a specially composed Double Concerto written by Avner Dorman to celebrate Zukerman’s 70th birthday. Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Fifth Symphony will complete the evening. There will be three performances at the Town Hall next Thursday (11.30am), Friday (8pm) and Saturday (6.30pm).

Tender Napalm

Photo: Matthew Abregana

Adelaide’s Scuti Productions is presenting the South Australian premiere of Tender Napalm – a play about the relationship between two individuals and the violent world that surrounds them – until June 29 at Holden Street Theatres. Written by British playwright Philip Ridley, directed by Rachael Williams, and featuring an original score by Adelaide guitarist Moses Monro, Tender Napalm is performed by Mark Healy and Carol Lawton and described by Scuti as an “explosive, poetic and brutal” work that re-examines and redefines the language of love. Read more on the Holden Street Theatres website.

Daydreamer Wolf

Artist Elyas Alavi at work. Photo: Sam Robert

An installation inviting visitors to create their own cardboard interpretation of “home” is showing at Adelaide contemporary gallery ACE Open until July 20. Afghani-born, Adelaide-based artist Elyas Alavi moved to South Australia as a Hazara refugee in 2007, and Daydreamer Wolf is a cross-disciplinary exhibition that documents his experience through painting, sculpture, documentary video and poetry. The exhibition, which includes 113 portraits on glass of Hazara people, explores displacement, as well as playing with notions of family, memory and natural identity. Read more here.

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