ADLFRINGE2021 – Don’t Mess with the Dummies – Gluttony – 4K

By Julia Loipersberger

The socially distanced 2021 Adelaide Fringe has well and truly kicked off, starting with the delightful “Don’t Mess with the Dummies”, housed in the beautiful Cornucopia tent at Gluttony.

This all-female trio presented a show for young kids featuring three hapless adventurers setting out on a jungle trip into the unknown. Featuring feats of physical skill, magic, gymnastics, clever visual trickery and even a very pesky enormous (pretend) mosquito, this is a very entertaining show for young kids (guest reviewers are aged 4 and nearly 6 years old and wanted to come back and see it again immediately afterwards).

Heavily reliant on slapstick comedy – which, frankly, is perfect for the target market – “Don’t Mess with the Dummies” hits almost every mark and helps introduce young audience members to the wonders of the Adelaide Fringe.

A slight warning for sensitive ears as some parts of the show can be quite loud. The show also probably loses its appeal slightly for kids over the age of 10.

But overall, Ellen, Shona and Sarah put on an excellent show for the 3 to 9 year old age bracket – although I wouldn’t necessarily want to go camping with any of them!


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