This will not be an unbiased review. The Garden of Unearthly Delights is hands-down my favourite thing about the Adelaide Fringe, so this is less of a review and more of an encouragement for everybody else to attend.
The Opening Night Party on Thursday 10 February 2011 celebrated everything that is fabulous about the most random transformation of Rundle Park (Kadlitpinna Park) from a frankly drab area of parkland into a carnival for all of the senses, including free merry-go-round rides, hordes of welcoming attendees in various types of costume and all of the delightful food, including delicious Nutella crepes which the vendor swore had been made by a Frenchman.
The eastern end of the Garden has been opened a little more during 2011, to allow a greater number of sideshow games and vending stalls to keep everybody entertained.
The highlight of the evening were the variety performances, MC’d by the hilarious Sammy J and his puppet Randy. In the true spirit of ‘randomness’ which the Garden attempts to create, attendees at the party were able to see snippets of the comically ‘death defying’ Max and Dagger show, the very camp Mr Morgan and a performance from his World of Organs (much more literal than you are probably imagining) and a dramatic display by the stars of circus act Cantina.
The larger than life Le Gateau Chocolat also impressed with his amazing voice, while the Wau Wau Sisters probably offended various wives and partners while showing off their magnificent stomach muscles. Rounding up the show (and in my view the event of the evening) was a set from the brilliant beatboxing prodigy Tom Thum from the Tom Tom Crew.
As parties go, it was pretty magnificent – it even ended with (small) fireworks. But all of these shows (and many more) and all of this atmosphere will be right at the end of Rundle Street for the next 30 nights. So do yourself a favour and embrace the variety of Unearthly Delights available in the Garden.
Kryztoff Rating 5K