FRINGE: Mind Traveller – Comedy – Worldsend – 4K

Factory work can be dull and the temptations arising to makes things better are strong when bored. Mind Traveller delves into these issues in the wonderful world of boxes and with the benefit of a neat little mind travelling device that allows one to transplant one’s own mind into the body of another.

On at the Worldsend, this light hearted and accessible production by Matthew Vecchio and Ross Vosvotekas stars recent Arts graduates, Andrew Pantelis as the perverted Mr McGaffery, Nathan Porteous as vulnerable Derek, Chris Roberts as the simple minded Zoomer and the somewhat georgous Georgie Pile as Vanessa, the new recruit.

Students particularly who undertake all sorts of mindless tasks in order to survive while studying will particularly enjoy this production as the cast, on a somewhat small stage (and wings barely entitled to that name), make it all seem much larger than it is and aided by a very competent lights and sound performance make merry fun with this new production.

The Worldsend is quickly becoming the standout new performer of this Fringe and this show is worth the trip down Hindley St to see and then hang out at or catch the HA HA Comedy Show later.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

FRINGE: Celtic Roots – SA Folk Centre – 2.5K

By Nicki Bullock

The charmingly self-apologetic, absent-minded Matthew Lykos and Julia Norman, looking every bit the Irish Rose, treated audiences to a taste of Celtic music in the hall of the SA Folk Centre.  These two young musicians, known as ‘Jewelled Mat’, displayed their multiple talents throughout the hour, Julia playing recorders and elegantly haunting melodies upon her double bass as well as singing in sweetly soothing, lilting tones  eloquently expressing passion and emotion, while Matthew’s voice harmonised beautifully, complemented by the pleasant, warm sound of his classical guitar.

There was a beautiful naive innocence about their performance; no professionally polished routine, the performers interacted with the audience with friendly, humble character.  Though it did take a while for the audience to warm up to the musicians, they completed the first part of the set encouraging some of the crowd to dance a waltz and after the interval the crowd responded more strongly, the songs were delivered with more confidence and by the final tune (excluding the encore) of ‘Hallelujah’, almost everybody there was singing along.  Bow gliding so sensually along double bass strings and celtic flavour injected into this well-known tune made a very pleasant rendition of the holy song.  Other songs leaving significant impression included ‘Come Take a Trip in my Airship’, a simple yet captivating Victorian tune  and ‘A Perfect Day’, a song haunted by soul.  The duo also played various Irish dance tunes, at one stage juxtaposing traditional Celtic melody with Crowded House’s ‘You Better Be Home Soon’.

Jewelled Mat also perform on the 7th and 8th March at the SA Folk Centre in Thebarton, with performances commencing at 7pm.  For a peacefully relaxing concert with character, charm and humour, indulge yourself in the sweet harmonies created by Matthew and Julia.

Kryztoff Rating  2.5K

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FRINGE: Sista Act – Nexus – 3.5K

By Zoe Mitchell

This production focused on the history of Aboriginal people, and Aboriginal rights development in Australia since 1967. The cast of strong, beautiful, intelligent Aboriginal women discussed the changes made for Aboriginal people since winning the right to vote in the 1969 referendum. The presentation of this show was almost free form, as everyone on the stage understood this living history from personal experience.

We were taught about the fight for Aboriginal rights and the progressions since the referendum, and what it was like for Aboriginal people living under government control before the referendum. We were told of the struggles Aboriginal people are still enduring in Australia, and how the government still controls the lives of the first peoples of this nation. We gave respect to all the sacrifices made by Aboriginal people, especially women, to be where they are now, for without the determination to remain true to themselves, their families, their cultures, and their land, we may not hear their voices today.

The audience particularly liked the ‘acronym alphabet’ song, in which all the acronyms for government groups relating to Aboriginal affairs were mentioned, making it clear just how frustrating so many ‘necessary’ government changes would be. Photographic representations of important moments and people in the history of the Aboriginal rights movement gave more depth to the message of this show.

Kryztoff Rating  3.5K

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Kryztoff is pleased to announce one final and extra competition for this Fringe.

The winner to get double passes to the following:

*   WOMAD for Monday 14th March – Botanical Gardens

*   Swing to my Lulu – 10th March at Nexus – 3pm

*   Celtic Roots – 8th March at SA Folk Centre – 7pm

How about that for music eclecticism!

To win, all you need to do is subscribe to our blog here and then let us know your favourite show form this year’s fringe at

Competition closes at midnight this Sunday 6th March and winner to be notified by email.

Last chance for free March Madness, Kryztoff Gold Pass style.

Included on the Monday program at WOMAD are these one act only performers:

*  Don Letts (UK) – Rock Against Racism movement founder and club DJ master

*  Space Invadas – the soul meets hip hop venture featuring the vocals of Jade Macrae

*  Juan De Marcos (Cuba) Mighty big band born out of Buena Vista Social Club sessions

*  Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan) Powerful singer true to deep core of traditional qawwali repertoire

Check it all out at WOMAD Website

FRINGE: Axis of Awesome – Garden – 4K

The Axis of Awesome crew, Lee, Jordan and Ben are back and it is a good thing too. Their new show, Songs in the key of Awesome, will delight all who leave their PC sensibilities at the door and are ready to delight in rock comedy. For songs about God bothering to Hotel California and a very special tribute to the Justin Beibers of the world, goofy Lee, pompous Jordan and belittled Benny will make you laugh out loud while foot tapping your way through an awesomely hilarious hour.

Yes, you also get a rendition of their Four Chords song (at 16 million Youtube hits and counting) and something very special about the Colonel.

If you are only going to see one show this Fringe, you can’t go wrong with these professional, tight, delightful, latter day Flanders and Swan showmen.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

Kryztoff caught up with the Axis crew last year and you can see that video at: Axis of Awesome with a new Song for Kryztoff

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FRINGE: Funny People By Julia Clarke – Urban Cow Studio – 4K

At just 24, Julia Clarke has decided both art and comedy are her obsessions and she has combined them in a stunning exhibition at the Urban Cow Studio producing around 20 portraits of Australia’s really funny people.

Done mostly in liquid graphite, with a couple also in pencil, with an array of colours used monochromatically as the background, Clarke just about covers the field of contemporary comedians, from Shaun Micallef to the Sandman and Josh Thomas to Fiona O’Loughlin. Her inspirations for comedy are the Doug Anthony Allstars, so it is no surprise they consume the largest canvas and amongst them she sees Paul McDermott as a role model as he too is an artist.

Tom Gleeson confronted with his own portrait and when asked for his reaction said, ‘flattering, really flattering’ and no doubt others featured in town for the Fringe will drop to catch a peek of their likeness.

Using only images and her own perceptions of the artists, all feature enlarged eyes but some are laughing, others quizzical and Wil Anderson looks positively scholarly.

Next steps for Julia are the finals of RAW Comedy this week and later in the year she is off to Edinburgh for the big fringe to see how it is all done. This work will certainly place her in good stead as she pursues her twin passions. Go see it if no other reasons as exhibitions about the Fringe at the Fringe (like also Gary Cockburn’s photographs) is a genre that needs encouragement.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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Despite copious amounts of cheer leading from The Advertiser, there are in fact (at least) three major hurdles that the Adelaide Oval redevelopment still needs to traverse in order for the project to go ahead, two more beyond the SACA members’ vote that seems to be that paper’s focus of attention.

The first is how is this going to be financed. The Government’s contribution is capped at $535m but estimates of the project shortfall are put at between $100m – $200m. Despite all sorts of assurances from Minister Conlon about the private sector being willing to invest a few weeks back, no one has come forward and now only the AFL is mentioned as the funder of last resort.

But has the AFL got a spare $100m or more? Sure it is wealthy but with west Sydney, the Gold Coast, North Melbourne and Port to carry, it is doubtful even they, with the SA Government pitching in all those taxpayer dollars to support football alone, can come at that bill.

So, is this the project promised or some scaled back, half baked version, somewhat like the new Western Grandstand that no one will tell us about until it all too late again? Or will it be another pea and thimble trick like the desalination plant that has on-going costs that will dwarf the capital costs, all in the name of the right headline number? Time will tell.

The second hurdle is indeed the SACA members’ vote. The details recorded in The Advertiser yesterday suggest that not only is the ground to be given to football for more than half the year and there will be drop in pitches, but only at most a quarter of SACA members will be able to get football entry as a part of their membership and that may cost them another $600-$1000pa.

To be sure, that prospect is not what SACA members endorsed in principle through surveys two years ago and their President, Ian McLachlan is going to have a tough time convincing them it was and that this remains a good idea.

Further, there are growing doubts about how long things like the northern hill and scoreboard will remain once football gets its claws back into the oval. Others are wondering why the SANFL get the financial windfall of West Lakes land for putting zero in while the SACA lose their major asset. Also, what will the oval look like as a spectacle for test matches, even Ashes matches. At best it will be half full for three days every four years, with the views of the hills, city and mostly the cathedral gone (unless the SMA intends paying to move some or all of those as well!)

Finally, there are the parklands issues involved. It seems very likely that however this deal between the SACA, SANFL and the Government is structured, changes to parklands involved, whether of just Pennington Gardens or beyond relating to handing over this land to private operators, will require the approval of both houses of State Parliament. At present, the Labor Government controls only the lower house, so it will need to negotiate with / buy off the non-Liberals in the Legislative Council to get this through.

City Council documents seen by Kryztoff make it plain that the laws and regulations around parklands changes are strict and complex – even loss of certain views from the oval is a heritage issue.

Let’s not forget the electors of this State were denied the opportunity to record their vote on this issue with full and frank disclosure at the last election 12 months ago due to a ‘forgetful’ then Treasurer. Let’s not forget also, the oval is the property of the SACA until 2040 and its members owe no duty of concern for the members of the SANFL, the Crows and Port Power (who will be the only ones who will get into the place once completed – ie no ordinary taxpayers will get a look in.)

So, while The Advertiser ramps up its campaign to convince SACA members they will be party poopers if they don’t go along with football’s takeover, the real final vote (if it gets that far) may in fact rest with Messrs Brokenshire, Darley, Hood and Parnell and Mesdames Bressington, Franks and Vincent, the non-Liberal and Labor members of the Legislative Council. The ALP will need four of these seven to vote with it. With the Greens out, then it’s down four of the remaining five.

So, two final questions. With what we are now coming to know about this deal, what’s in it for cricket lovers and SACA members and why does Ian Mclachlan still think this is such a good deal for them? Remember also, he and SACA CEO John Harnden have said they are ‘comfortable’ with meeting their debt obligations arising from the western grandstand if the development does not go ahead. So fear of being bankrupted can’t be behind it, can it?

And, what’s wrong with holding off and getting this right? That is, as the west Australians are doing. With all their mining royalties, they are in no hurry to build a new stadium, though to be sure it is on their agenda. So, will it be so bad for the State that this proposal is defeated by SACA or Legislative Council members and a better idea developed over the next few years – remember there is no FIFA World Cup to bully this through with anymore?

Sure, the Labor Government won’t have a bar of it and The Advertiser will rain invective down on any who dare suggest their stadium emperor may have no clothes but maybe less committed folk will see the merits in doing this right another time.

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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