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Natasha Stewart’s Adelaide Fringe Picks

24 February 2012 7,105 views No Comment

With the Fringe guide in hand, Natasha Stewart narrows down
her selection of shows at this year’s Adelaide Fringe:

The Garden of Unearthly Delights opened last Thursday, and soon the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival will be in full swing. To make the most of the festival, fill your diary to the brim and make sure you’re booked into as many Fringe shows as you can handle.

All My Friends are Leaving Adelaide  

It’s the question that many 20-somethings in Adelaide face: should I stay, or should I go? When everyone you know is either trekking through South America, binge drinking throughout Europe, or making it big interstate it can seem like you’re the only one stuck in Adelaide. Unified Productions’ show looks like it will be a laugh for anyone currently feeling the pull, or has battled with this dilemma in the past. Tickets start at $10, so they won’t even make a dent in your overseas fund.

29 Feb – 4 March
Wright Hall, Pembroke School, Shipsters Road, Kensington Park
Adults: $15, Concessions: $10
Book at FringeTix

Upstaging Hans: A Tribute to Stage Mothers Throughout Time

I first met Hans one night at Boho Bar. I was wearing a vintage sequinned dress and I was faced with the wrath of Hans; apparently he was the only one allowed to dress like that. With this meeting in mind I couldn’t pass up the chance to go see his show Upstaging Hans. I’m currently on a TV diet of Stage Moms and Toddlers and Tiaras in preparation, and can’t wait to see what Hans has to say. I do get the feeling this is one of those shows where front row viewers better beware.

2 – 17 March
The Mars Bar, 120 Gouger Street, Adelaide
All tickets: $25
Follow @accordionhans
Book at FringeTix

Who, Me

Who, MeDo you love Doctor Who? Well Rob Lloyd does, so much so that he’s dedicated his entire show to the Doctor and his blue box. The show asks whether our obsessions are a help or a hindrance. It’s a must see for any Whovians, but also for anyone who has ever had a huge obsession. I’ve only got one question: which sonic screwdriver should I bring along?

6 – 17 March
Jahz, 4 Cinema Place (Just off Rundle St), Adelaide
Adults: $25, Concessions: $20, Groups: $15
Book at FringeTix

A Grim Era

A Grim EraA Grim Era, by Smallpox Theatre, is described as what the end result would be “if Becket or Lynch had tried their hands at Children’s Pantomime”. I get the feeling it will be delightfully dark, funny, and physically stunning. The show mixes traditional and non-traditional puppetry with mime, clowning, physical theatre, and sideshow. Probably not a good idea for kids who still enjoy singing along to Hi-5, but older kids and parents are sure to enjoy it.

7 – 18 March
EziPark Wakefield Street Carpark, Level 10
102 Wakefield Street, Adelaide
Adults: $20, Concessions: $17, Fringe Benefits: $15
Book at FringeTix


Ross Noble – Nonsensory Overload

Ross NobleI’m heading along to Ross Noble’s final Fringe show on the 13th of March. I still think I could go to each of his four shows and see something completely different every night. I imagine living inside his head would be an incredibly scary place, but watching it come to life on stage is hilarious, entertaining, and quite often mind-blowing. If there is one show that always makes it into my diary for the Fringe season, it’s got to be whatever Ross Noble is doing for that year.

9 – 13 March
Thebarton Theatre, 112 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville
Adults: $39.90, Concessions: $36.90
Book at FringeTix

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