Joanne Hartstone has been involved in the Adelaide Fringe for almost 20 years as a performer, producer and presenter. Now she is part of the global Fringe ecosystem – helping bring shows here from overseas and even giving up her spare room to international artists.
Adam Page returns to the Adelaide Fringe with a show that pushes the boundaries of what audiences have seen him do before in a dynamic sound experience. ★★★★
Exceptionally written, directed and performed, Blood of the Lamb presents anti-abortion policies we hadn’t dreamed could be real, and as theatre coming out of the US, it doesn’t even feel dystopian. ★★★★½
With a skilled band arranged behind “Yellow Submarine” inspired props, singer Rachel Vidoni delivers a powerful hour of songs that goes way beyond nostalgia. ★★★★
Adelaide Fringe’s former director Greg Clarke is back in his home town for the 2024 festival season – this time as a visual artist showing his paintings in an exhibition on the Fleurieu Peninsula with long-time friend Louise Vadasz.
Limbo – The Return is a high-energy show displaying the power of beat-heavy music in a fire and acrobatics performance. ★★★½
UK company Mythological Theatre throws the battles of the Norse gods into the wrestling ring in this surprising form of (very) physical storytelling. ★★★★
Sharp writing and dynamic performances stand out in this lively political satire about truth, revolt and the pitfalls of a society built on competition. ★★★★
There’s persuasive rhetoric that depicts art and science as opponents – we can either have creativity or facts, emotion or logic – but a number of intriguing shows at this year’s Adelaide Fringe highlight what can be unlocked when these two different schools of thought come together.
A night with comedian Mel Buttle is one full of uncontrollable bouts of laughter, warm nostalgia and painfully relatable recollections. ★★★★½
For guaranteed laughs in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, you’d do far worse than Tommy Little’s stand-up show – potentially the most self-deprecating thing at the Adelaide Fringe. ★★★★
Arj Barker made a dramatic entrance before settling into a routine that reflected on how well we know the real world around us – especially in terms of our bodily functions. ★★★
Bisexual Intellectuals is a compelling, camp, and ultimately joyful love letter to those who have been unseen in popular culture. ★★★★½
Tracy Crisp shares her hilariously hard-won Gen X wisdom in this insightful monologue about sewing, mothers, female friendship and being in the middle of middle age. ★★★★★
In this experimental work, performer Matt Pasquet bends, flips and morphs his body to create a kinetic story within a single square metre of light. ★★★★
A hit in last year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival, this show returns as a must-see in the Fringe. Sarah-Louise Young’s singing and repartee will delight die-hard fans and general audiences alike. ★★★★½
Once again, the UK’s Wright&Grainger prove the eternal relevance of Greek mythology with this entertaining and affecting adaptation of the Helios story. ★★★★
A science class with shenanigans, KABOOM! gives us fire and explosions, while imparting a few lessons along with way. ★★★★
This Shakespearean Soiree is a performance of “only the fun bits” from three of Shakespeare’s best-known works, with a modern delivery of the original lines giving the Bard a facelift. ★★★½
Current and former Adelaide Fringe ambassadors – from across artforms and continents – chronicle the festival’s evolution and agree there’s one essential characteristic that will secure its future for decades to come.
As the 2024 summer festival season kicks off, we asked eight of our writers and reviewers to share tips for must-see shows and events across the Adelaide Fringe and Festival programs. Their recommendations offer something for every taste.
A series of immersive experiences in a pop-up dome at the historic Freemasons Hall this Fringe is transporting Adelaide audiences from the depths of the ocean to The Dark Side of the Moon – with a psychedelic side trip in between.
Refreshing Adelaide Fringe debutant Afrique en Cirque presents high-energy circus, joyful rhythms and mind-boggling acrobatics through the lens of West African culture. ★★★★½
A hidden piece of South Australia’s history is opening to the public for the first time in 145 years this Fringe.
You don’t have to know about rugby to enjoy Grav. But if you do, this one-hander, performed memorably by Gareth J Bale, really kicks it out of the park. ★★★★★
With her acid wit and memorably wicked aphorisms, Dorothy Parker is a rich subject for the stage, and playwright Annie Lux has seized the chance. ★★★
Although Tandanya’s future is uncertain, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural leaders will make the most of the Adelaide Fringe season with events including gigs, stand-up shows, cultural tours, and a camping festival.
Adelaide Fringe’s Honey Pot marketplace has proven a valuable springboard for artists seeking opportunities for future touring, and it is hoped a new event with a specific focus on circus and physical theatre will bring even greater rewards.
A group of young Asian Australian creatives are rediscovering their roots as they prepare to pay tribute to two late Hong Kong idols during this year’s Adelaide Fringe.
Adelaide Fringe audiences will be lured to the West End this year by attractions ranging from dance, theatre, music and circus shows across multiple venues, to a late-night underground party and an inflatable church hosting theatrical weddings.
Like the female singers she honours in her Adelaide Fringe show Woman Sings the Blues Volume 2, powerhouse performer Prinnie Stevens admits she has also battled at times to find her own voice in the music industry she loves.
Adelaide Fringe has launched its 2024 program with more than 1300 shows in 500-plus venues, ranging from an ‘art gallery under the stars’ in the Botanic Garden, to an immersive and cinematic Pink Floyd Experience, special DJ sets of Beatles and Fleetwood Mac remixes, cabaret treats, and the return of circus hit Limbo.
SA arts & culture news in brief: Australian Dance Theatre’s Daniel Riley to perform in a special return season of Tracker, Adelaide Fringe announces the first recipients of its 2024 grants, and a picnic to celebrate 35 years of Young Adelaide Voices.
With just a couple of days left to make the most of the summer festivals frenzy, here are some InReview recommendations from both the Adelaide Festival and Fringe programs – including dance, comedy, music and theatre shows.
The Fringe has already sold a record 930,000 tickets and Adelaide Festival has well exceeded its 2023 box office target ahead of the final weekend of South Australia’s ‘Mad March’ festival season.
Jennifer Wong transmutes her diagnoses of depression and degenerative eye disease into a quick-flowing hour of self-deprecating, hilariously absurd situational stand-up. ★★★★½
Feisty and feminist, Helen of Troy lobs some truth bombs about unattainable beauty standards and the problems of being female in both the ancient world and this one. ★★★★
Comedians Greg Fleet and Krutika Harale have merged their skill sets of writing, acting, and stand-up comedy to create this original reworking of A Star is Born. ★★★
Cruise ships are the vessel for this hour-long satirical musical comedy that has audiences chuckling from start to finish. ★★★★★
Sweet-faced and sharp-tongued, The Coconuts make their Fringe debut with Brown on the Outside, White on the Inside – a lively blend of storytelling, stand-up, songs, and slideshows. ★★★★
Female-led venture Powersuit Productions takes a swing at a raft of weighty issues in this fast-paced and feisty story about the power of friendship when love turns toxic. ★★★★ ½
The art of storytelling depends on two things that Tracy Crisp has nailed: entertainment and believability. ★★★★
In his previous long-running theatrical show, John Waters mastered the role of John Lennon. His new homage to Lennon is more of a band performance, but it is still compelling. ★★★★★
In this generous work-in-progress season, First Nations-led dance company Karul Projects is not only sharing its creative process, but also inviting audiences to engage in an achingly-long-overdue ceremony. ★★★★
Not-for-profit theatre group Iran Saye Theatre is presenting an intriguing, though difficult to follow, experimental multimedia performance at this year’s Fringe. ★★★
Charming and skilful performer Kathryn Hall reveals the absurdity of institutional systems in this story of her teenage years, which she spent living in youth shelters while managing cerebral palsy. ★★★★
The class of Year 7C takes audiences on a musical trip back to school PE classes – and perhaps the dread that came with them. ★★★★★
Millicent Sarre is Opinionated is an entertaining, emotional and, for many, eerily familiar journey through modern feminism, the ridiculousness of prejudice, and the damaging role patriarchy has played in all our lives. ★★★★★
Unabashedly joyful and devilishly close to a copyright violation, Reclaiming Harry fights to reclaim the multi-million-dollar franchise for those who love it most – the fans. ★★★★
In this memoir show wearing stand-up comedy clothes, Colin Ebsworth searches for laughs, larger meaning and a sense of understanding amid the detritus of his years spent growing up in a cult. ★★★ ½
The perfectly paired Nat Harris and Hannah Camilleri present a selection of delectable comedic treats in their new sketch show. ★★★★ ½
A team of top creatives has brought together some of Australia’s most talented theatre and opera performers to present this vaudevillian production that is right at home in the circus-like Wonderland Spiegeltent. ★★★★★
Cabaret, drag and titillating theatrics aren’t just for after dark. Sate your appetite for something fun, fabulous and risqué during brunch. ★★★★
This show featuring Stevie Wonder’s most famous songs is more than just a slick tribute concert; it is a joyous celebration of the man who brought us some of the biggest hits of the 1970s and ’80s. ★★★★★
Drone-art spectacle Electric Skies encouraged us to sit down and gaze skyward – and in return it gave us a whole lot to look at. ★★★★
What happens when you give a Shakespearean cast some liquid courage? The result is a little bit naughty, but surprisingly wholesome. ★★★★★
Olivia Ruggiero tells the story of her love of musical theatre as she skilfully travels through Broadway’s most famous songs for a night of mellifluous delight. ★★★★
A mesmerising, immaculate contemporary dance production overflowing with emotional resonance, the Australian debut of Taiwanese company Hung Dance’s internationally acclaimed work is a Fringe gem of heart-stirring beauty. ★★★★★
Over a cringe-inducing hour, actor Ellen Graham takes audiences on a tour of egregious objectifying encounters that lead to an absurdist and logically extreme end. ★★★
From inside a yurt to a former bank on the Fleurieu Peninsula and a busy city courtroom, Adelaide Fringe is finding its way into every corner of South Australia, and often bringing a dose of local cultural resilience with it.
Immersive and unique, work.txt is an experimental theatre piece for everyone who has secretly suspected their day job to be utterly meaningless. ★★★★★
With the strong reputation of the Best of the Edinburgh Fest from previous Adelaide Fringe festivals, there was good reason to hope it would be a winner again in 2023. Happily, we can tick that box. ★★★★
This focused and captivating ode to one classic album of gritty realism, melancholy tales and raw social commentary is an enervating and uplifting experience, in the best tradition of The Boss himself. ★★★★ ½