Heather McNab

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Grease: The Musical

Grease most certainly is the word! The iconic stage musical graced the Adelaide Festival Centre at the opening night of Grease: The Musical. Produced by John Frost, the show is at once an homage to the brilliance of the original musical and a celebration of Australian talent. Featuring Australian legends Bert Newton, John Paul Young, …

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Alliance French Film Festival- “Going Away”

One of the strengths of the French film industry is that it produces films that would never be produced in Hollywood- films that pass little judgement on the choices of it’s characters, even when we receive an intimate glance into their motivations.   “Going Away” is no different. From veteran actress Nicole Garcia, now in …

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Alliance French Film Festival- “Under the Rainbow”

“Under the Rainbow” opens with a dream sequence that sets the stage for Agnes Jaoui’s new comedy-drama, perfectly encapsulating this kitsch, colourful and unexpectedly existential French film.   A modern-day fairytale which hints, borrows from and outright bastardizes almost every children’s story and cultural myth imaginable, “Under the Rainbow” is a collected tale. Revolving around …

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Alliance French Film Festival- “Violette”

From the very first moments of director Martin Provost’s new film, the eponymous Violette is a figure at once both tragic and compelling. Violette is as honest as it is visually stunning, sharp with intimate moments and dreamy artistry that form an unusual but apt portrayal the life of this groundbreaking feminist.   Whilst many …

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Adelaide Festival- Rocky Horror Show- 5K

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has a long and illustrious (if very tawdry) performance history. The sheer weight of the calibre of actors and actresses who have embodied the quirky, albeit exceptionally odd, array of characters over the years us enough to make any theatre-goer stop in awe. The impressive line-up can often prove a …

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FRINGE- Spandexx Ballet- 5K

Local Adelaide dance class troop Spandexx Ballet encompasses everything one could possibly want in an 80’s-themed aerobics class. The music is loud, perfectly picked to suit the era, and with enough variety to account for taste (or lack thereof). The costumes are provided, though coming prepared in your own spangly leotard, glittery tights, or fluro …

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FRINGE- At the Last Gasp- 4K

A feast for the eyes, At the Last Gasp showcases some of the best circus and physical theatre that the Adelaide Fringe has to offer. Brimming with youth and vigour, the one-hour show is a medley of highwire tricks and impossible feats of accuracy blended with the emotional distress of life. Through a series of …

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FRINGE- Reverb Theatre Presents Peter Pan- 3.5K

As a beloved children’s classic, Peter Pan is almost always a delight to behold, no matter what format it comes in. In the past ten years, Hollywood has produced four film versions of the story, emphasising the versatility of one of the most truly enduring stories to come out of the decadence of Victorian England. …

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FRINGE- Death Comes at the End- 3.5K

As far as board games go, Cluedo must rank among the highest used for other entertainment forms. Movies, books and plays that set a murder in a closed environment are a dime a dozen, without having to be orchestrated well. That is why Death Comes at the End has done something truly wonderful to make …

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FRINGE- Miss Fortune Presents the Beautiful and the Damned 2K

I had expected to be transported, to be seduced by stories and the power of the female body- and instead all I saw was a fairly amateur production that lacked the magnetism and raw energy a burlesque show should possess. 2K