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.
Dozens of Adelaide Fringe shows this year are bringing art and science together in a way that promises festival-goers both entertainment and enlightenment.
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.
From fascinating hybrid sculptures that blur the boundaries between natural and man-made forms, to a series of hanging prints of photos depicting life in the former Yugoslavia, the 2024 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition offers plenty to explore.
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. ★★★★
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.
With a skilled band arranged behind “Yellow Submarine” inspired props, singer Rachel Vidoni delivers a powerful hour of songs that goes way beyond nostalgia. ★★★★
Prepare to party like its 500 BCE as you journey into the hedonistic lives of the gods of Ancient Greece in the sinfully spectacular GODZ. ★★★★★
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. ★★★★
Prinnie Stevens’ vocals send shivers down the spine in this intimate ode to powerful female singers who changed the music industry forever. ★★★★½
Sharp writing and dynamic performances stand out in this lively political satire about truth, revolt and the pitfalls of a society built on competition. ★★★★
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
The latest work from Japanese contemporary circus company Cirquework is a precise balancing act of tension, beauty and joy. ★★★★★
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.
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. ★★★★
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.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s renowned 1973 studio album, this hypnotic planetarium-inspired experience sets all 10 tracks to a psychedelic visual journey through the cosmos. ★★★
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
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
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. ★★★
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.
In search of recalibration and reconnection to nature, ex-cricketer turned artist and arts worker Oakey found herself on an amazing adventure that also ended up providing the subject matter for her upcoming exhibition: Deep Rest.