Fringe Review: All My Friends are Leaving Adelaide
One of the great things about the Adelaide Fringe is choosing a show when you know nothing about the show, the performers, or the quality, and still coming out with a smile on your face. ‘All My Friends are Leaving Adelaide’ was one of those shows.
Based on Stephen Vagg’s original script ‘All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane’, the show has been adapted for a local Adelaide audience. While sometimes the name drops for Apple, The Havvy and Norwood’s real estate market felt a little awkward, it added an air of familiarity to the all to common conversations.
After all, if you’re in your 20s or have recently been in your 20s ‘All My Friends are Leaving Adelaide’ is all too familiar. When all of Anthea’s friends have either packed up overseas or interstate, Adelaide starts to feel like a bit of a ghost town, and Anthea has to take a serious look at what is keeping her behind. Michael on the other hand thinks people are only moving away because it’s what they’re expected to do, and he’s not one to follow the crowd.
It’s a universal story, and it could be set in any city in Australia, but the Adelaide setting is what makes the show really work for a local audience. It’s a show that gets a lot of laughs because everyone sitting in that audience knows it’s true, and has lived it at some point in their life.
‘All My Friends are leaving Adelaide’ was put on by Unified Productions as part of the 2012 Adelaide Fringe. You can follow Unified Productions on Facebook for information about any future shows.
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29 Feb – 4 March
Wright Hall, Pembroke School, Shipsters Road, Kensington Park
Adults: $15, Concessions: $10
Book at FringeTix