FRINGE: Importance of Being Ernest – Flin St Baptist Church – 3K

By Zoe Mitchell

“A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”.

The Adelaide University Fringe Club give us their take on this classic stage production. Set in 1890’s London, two friends admit having aliases to save themselves from tedious social obligations. They must work together to outwit the powers that be and each win their love’s hand in marriage. This tongue in cheek reflection of Victorian social life is surprisingly self depreciating in its humour. It creates a world of tea and cucumber sandwiches, tightly buttoned collars and stuffy wordplay, in which people above all else must adhere to their given role in society. In doing so our characters bend the rules that control them to suit themselves, under the noses of the rulers.

The Importance of Being Earnest was the last play to be written by Oscar Wilde.

It recieved great accolade before it was abruptly taken off the stage when Wilde was imprisoned. It was enjoyable to see this period piece in a building made in the same era as the play.

Kryztoff Rating  3K

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FRINGE: The Poetry Hour by Mel Hughes – Bliss Organic – 5K

By Nicki Bullock

Mel Hughes is  talented, soulful poet who will bring tears to your eyes, hope to your heart , will inspire and uplift, provoke thought and compassion.

Performing at the Bliss Organic Cafe on Compton Street she has one final show on the third of March.

Her soothing voice is like a lullabye yet you will want to stay awake for her show, cherishing every word as she breathes out love in every utterance.  Reciting poetry that is mostly her own, she also includes poems from some of her favourite poets, such as Ani De Franco’s ‘self evident’.  Her performance is poignant and memorable, touching upon themes of love and loss, injustices and social awareness.  Her strong passion for social activism imbues her writing.

She entrances and carries you away into mindscapes of both Australia and the US, where she lived as a ‘naive nineteen year old’ (her own description).  This is a show I highly recommend; treat yourself to a glimpse of the world as perceived and loved by Mel Hughes.

Kryztoff Rating  5K

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FRINGE: Take Me Back To Paris – Nexus – 4.5K

By Daisy Sugars

Adelaide mustered up all of its charm to welcome home Louise Blackwell and all of her acquired European grace at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre on Sunday the 27th of February. As part of the 2011 Stray program at Nexus, combined with none other than the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lou Blackwell and her humble quartet treated an equally modest crowd of people to Take Me Back to Paris, an hour of classic jazz music with a very appropriate French focus. The setting was very fitting, with groups of stylish people clustered around delightfully tiny round tables and sipping glasses of Australia’s alternative to champagne. Despite the lack of cigarette smoke and cognac in the room, what Adelaide lacked in picturesque Parisian allure, Lou Blackwell and her quartet certainly made up for with their faithful renditions of great Jazz classics.

If you weren’t convinced of Blackwell’s French expertise before the show, you might have completely forgotten she was an Adelaide native after she charismatically delivered a few blissfully accented words to the audience. The repertoire of French favourites that Lou Blackwell performed, including songs by; Georges Brassens, Juliette Greco, Josephine Baker, Michel LeGrand and Paolo Conte, was indicative of the singer’s deep connection and love for France. I would be lying if I said that I had never thought of traveling to Paris before the show, but Lou Blackwell’s enchanting voice and stage presence instantly sold me on the idea. Having emerged from the theatre with a spring in my step and a desire to hire every French film from the 1960s, I think it is safe to say that Take Me Back To Paris was a great success.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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FRINGE: Big Shoes To Fill – Bally / Gluttony – 4.5K

Anna ‘Pocket Rocket’ Lumb is the 50ft woman trying to live her life in a normal sized world. She finds solace in big things in rural temples like the Big Pineapple and the Big Orange and the Big Potato and the memories of an old teenage friend.

Using hoops as her preferred tools of trade, spurred on by a variety of music from Kim Carne to Brian Wilson, played at various speeds, Lumb cavorts and twists and stumbles across the stage, wearing an assortment of those shoes, splashing her audience with milk and banana and water and stuffing her mouth with fruit and bonbons. Sound bizarre? Well it is and adorably so.

This is what the Fringe is all about, a show so bizarre and quirky you quickly question what is folly and what is genius. Big Shoes To Fill is forty minutes of extraordinary fun. Catch it in its short season ending Sunday.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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RAW: Football Wrap Pt 2 – What A Magnificent Week

By The Silver Bullet

What a magnificent week of football it has been and, you know what? I can’t even tell you whether any games were actually played. Can anyone?

As predicted in Wrap 1 (Wrap Pt 1), Brendan Fevola got the sack, nobody got sued, questions linger why any pay out was required and nothing but nothing happened about his future playing American football. But possibilities seemed to have lit up almost miraculously since Fev was released back on the unsuspecting public even if it is only betting agencies and casino operators rubbing their hands with glee.

It seems, as we predicted last week, a life in show business beckons with some sort of remake of the Sound of Music under the title of Fev! The Musical the hot topic in the entertainment world. Talent scouts, (not the same dopes who Skyped the Green Bay Packers et al), are reporting the likes of Cameron McIntosh are licking their lips with possibilities, with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to play Mother Superior, Hugh Jackman as Herr Zeller and Brendan as himself singing lyrics like:

Boozing on Sat’day and punching til dawn,

Betting on horses and the doggies at Lorne,

Annoying women and living like kings,

These are a few of my favourite things.

But wait, now there is talk of a comeback, through the VFL. How wonderful! As the media have noted, there aren’t many AFL clubs signalling their interest in taking Fev on but there is one for whom he would be a natural fit – North Melbourne.

What a way to boost membership, give the team a forward line and add to the litany of stuff-ups the Kangaroos have enjoyed under the presidency of Eddie Maguire’s mini-me, James Brayshaw.

Let’s not forget the Kangaroos could have relocated themselves to the Gold Coast a few years back but the man who started out in media selling fridges for Radio Rentals said ‘no’ and thwarted interest in the idea during their relocated games at Carrara by retaining a club song that possessed lyrics like ‘good ol’ Arden Street forever’ which, guess what, didn’t mean much to the bleach haired surfies east of the Gold Coast Highway.

Then last year, he fluffed the chance to go to Tasmania, putting his (and not many others’) club back on death row. But now he has the Fev, sitting there drying out and cheering up in the VFL looking for a new home, with memories of Richmond’s publicity and membership coup with Such Is Life Ben fresh in his mind. Mmm. Delicious isn’t it.

And before leaving the rabble that is now the Lions (oh how Leigh Matthews must shake his head in disbelief), Jason Akermanis obviously read our spray last week and has joined the chorus for the prompt demise of Michael Voss, former premiership teammate etc. Now, while the media foments about the former playing genius’ big mouth, let’s not forget that mad Jason got his comments about the Bulldogs’ Brad Johnson (another former team mate) late last year absolutely right – despite the protestations, Johnson was useless in the finals and very quickly pensioned off afterwards.

Phew, and we have not even touched (sorry that is the wrong word, isn’t it Ricky) our favourite nameless 17 year old from St Kilda. Well, that and more next week but in the interim check out the photos of her doing the rounds on the internet. You can see why the man in the underwear got a little hot in the Y fronts, even if she is only old enough to be his daughter.

FRINGE – Circus – Bubblewrap & Boxes – Bosco Theatre, Garden of Unearthly Delights – 3K

Klaus is an odd man. He lives alone. Alone except for his cardboard boxes, which he cleans and moves and ensures are just right. Sometimes, the mail brings a new box and Klaus lovingly incorporates it into his boxed world. Everything is as it should be. But then, a different kind of box is delivered, a box that upsets Klaus’ equilibrium. It contains another person who is inquisitive where he is anxious, friendly where he is hesitant and brave where he is afraid. Can Klaus learn that the unknown doesn’t necessarily have to be scary and gather the strength to leave his boxes?

This is an unusual piece of physical theatre, designed to appeal to children, but with a plot-line and message that may only be clear to adults. The two performers are skilful acrobats and use their physicality well. In the heat of the Bosco Theatre (the air-conditioning seemed to be broken), it must have been an intensely difficult feat for them to keep the energy up, but they managed it.

This oppressive atmosphere also made it necessary for the doors to remain open during the performance and the sounds of the Garden of Unearthly Delights filtered distractingly in. However, the style of the show – being predominantly non-verbal – meant that this was not such a great problem as it might have been for a more narrative driven piece.

Though some of the small details of the show still went over my head, and must have been equally lost on the younger viewers, this show provides a positive general message, in a fun manner to which the kids seemed to respond.

Kryztoff Rating: 3K


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RAW: Soundwave – This Saturday – See Our Interviews

With Soundwave here this weekend, check out Socratos’ interviews for Kryztoff with some of the bands playing here at Bonython Park from midday.

High On Fire                                             High On Fire Interview

This Town Needs Guns                              This Town Needs Guns Interview

H2O                                                         H2O Interview

Foxy Shazam                                             Foxy Shazam Interview

Rolo Tomassi                                            Rolo Tomassi Interview

The Aquabats                                            The Aquabats

I See Stars                                                 I See Stars Interview

Don’t miss it. Kryztoff certainly won’t be!

RAW: Bird Calls – Paper String Plastic Gallery

By Socratos

When did that happen? I don’t know. I believe it was last friday. It was really hot and I was in a bright white room drinking free alcohol when it was suddenly inundated by scores of colourful, shining, vibrant people who’s energy gave off an intensive amount of radiant heat that added to the heat already in the room. My brain began to sweat. Was it real? I remember walking up a staircase that came off Hindley street…

There was a blurred array of faces, they all seemed to be based off the same template. Although some of them appeared not to follow the template at all and were merely morphed & amorphous renderings of the colour spectrum that flashed across my amygdala.

The madness I am referring to is the opening night of a recent exhibition held by local graffiti, street and underground artists. The basis of the exhibition was a grafiti template, sprayed onto a piece of wood made by Store of Toy Soldiers Crew fame

The blank template was handed out to the various artists that contributed to the show in order to fill in with their own imagination and the results are studied and multitudinous in the variety of their scope. Many of the pieces were created by prominent graf artists from around Adelaide and happily you may recognise some of their styles as talented graffiti pieces have become more and more accepted and patroned around town.

Paper String Plastic is hosting Bird Calls, an exhibition of six female performers ranging from song to spoken word as part of the fringe throughout next week, check out the facebook page for details!/event.php?eid=126645234073543

And the gallery is always a good place to check out whats going on with talented local artists from around town at the moment. Artists are an outsiders’ commentary on the world and on life in a particular moment. They document the world as it was at a particular moment in time and we should support them in their mission! As a wise woman once said to me before of thousands of people in a voice that only I could hear..; You should support your artists!! Buy Something and put it in your house. Treasure it because it means something!! Great art is amazing, and it’s rare, and it should be, coz that’s what good is. It’s amazing and it’s rare and it means something.

Never overlook the importance of art.

Head up the stairs at 99a Hindley st. to check out the template exhibition and the permamnent exhibition on display there too!/pages/Paper-String-Plastic/139410616112175

for more photos look here

FRINGE: Comedy – Eddie Ifft – Arts Theatre – 4K

By Julia George

Eddie! What have you done? Controversially pushing the boundaries and going were others dare not. Threesomes, midgets, donkeys, gays and Oprah. The shows title “What women don’t want to hear” definitely sums it up, though admittedly it was disgustingly hilarious.

As Eddie cleverly weaves his way through his material there is never more than a minutes gap between outbursts of laughter and commentary.

Eddie engaged one audience member who failed to keep comments to herself, publicly ousting and embarrassing her. He also does a fantastic job at breaking the world record for the biggest number of F bombs dropped in a 1 hour timeframe.

Though rude, crude and controversial the show was fast paced and snappy. Not recommended for the faint hearted, but if you’re not highly conservative and don’t mind the odd cringe moment then go and see Eddie Ifft do his thing! A definite up and coming comedian with great wit.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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FRINGE: Buskers of Adelaide – Matt Carty 3.5K

By Socratos

Buskers Of Adelaide, a fringe photography exhibition by Matt Carty
Love Adelaide (Upstairs @ the old Lizard Lounge), Light Square House, Level 1, 9 Light Square
Open for two more weeks – Wed
nesday through Friday until March 11 9am – 3pm

Matt Carty has attempted to undertake an archival historical recording of some of the colorful characters that light up our streets. The shots are rendered in beautiful rich black and white which give focus and ambiguity to the frames and a depth of richness all at once.

Matt’s career began as a sports and news photographer for the country times newspaper his home town of Kadina. From there he went on to study photography and established himself as a free-lance in the news battle around Adelaide. He eventually worked his way up the ranks (with a brief stint in QLD) to senior photographer at the Advertiser and had three of his shots published on the front page. After about 7 months he decided that his passion for photography burned strong however his passion for being an obligated member-of-staff did not. So he (wisely) left The Advertiser (a move which in my mind establishes him with limitless journalistic credibility) and set up his own full time photography business. Matt also exhibits his personal works at various establishments across Adelaide.

Included in the shots are some familiar faces who most people will likely recognise. There’s Andy the Chap-Man who plays that intriguingly exotic looking upright multi-stringed concoction that looks like a bass and a guitar put together on the one neck and sounds like a harp. It’s actually called a Chapman stick.

Also in the shots are Peter Hacquoil, Izera, and Chris Dewin and  who may be recognised respectively as ;
The piano guy; Yes he actually carries a PIANO with him every time he goes busking! Peter may often be found on busy street corners laying down atmospheric piano-key moods. Find him on facebook; Adelaide Piano Busker, he is available for parties & private functions.

The crazy long haired dude who is kick @$$ at keyboards; aka Izera. Lately to be found teaming up with fellow street performer Iddi who does acrobatics and the limbo to the beats. You should buy one of Izera’s cd’s. I reckon they will be collectors items in 30 years time. But only if you have insurance, cause you might break your back trying to do an acrobatic limbo to it.

The Mandolin Gypsy; often found to have an affinity with tie-dyed shirts, Chris Dewin has been busking for somewhere between 20 & 25 years. Strangely enough he originally started busking to overcome stage fright! besides his mandolin you may find him creating the soundwaves with a formidable array of instruments.

Mark Jory & Greg Wain are both teachers so if you see them around and you’ve always been thinking about refining your tinkering on the old six-string you should talk to them! Greg’s email is

The brochure provided at the exhibition is the best place to get information on the buskers themselves so you should go there and get one!

Kryztoff Rating  3.5K

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