Category: Performing Art

Performing Art

RAW: Cabaret Fringe Festival Gala – The Promethean – 1 June

The Cabaret Fringe Festival – the lesser known cousin of the international Cabaret Festival – high-kicked off to a grand start at The Prom on 1 June 2011. One of my favourite venues in Adelaide, the intimate Prom accommodated both distinguished guests and keen punters for a high energy display of the best of the June fest.

RAW: The Zoo Story – Space – Til 4th June – 4K

This is a simple play – one act, one lazing set and two players – but it conveys a myriad of meanings and issues that broach social class and taboos, the contented and safe pretences and hubris of the gainfully and well rewarded employed the those who struggle day by day.

RAW: Elevate – Higher Ground – Cab Fringe Preview

Last night’s vignettes of what patrons can expect at this year’s Cabaret Fringe Festival augur well for a strong season when it kicks off on Wednesday with its Royal Gala at the Promethean.

RAW: Molly’s Shoes – Bakehouse – Til 4th June – 3.5K

As an example of what is possible in local amateur or independent theatre, Molly’s Shoes is worthy of the attention of any theatre lover. 3.5K

RAW: Modern American Masters – Early Worx – Higher Ground

This was a teriffic local production well worth engaging with for a short dose, straight up, of Americana in all its kitschiness, tragedy and brashness. 3.5K

RAW: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – 4K

Adelaide is most fortunate to have a theatre company devoted to musicals like the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of SA. Not only devoted to that genre (which is enjoying a surge in popularity over the past five years or so) but capable of delivering a great show as well. 4K

RAW: SA Arts In Decay – In Conversation With Fenella Kernebone

Last night’s terrific In Conversation With hosted by Fenella Kernebone to a mostly full Space Theatre did more than just look at the issue of whether arts bodies could act collaboratively rather than competitively when seeking audiences. Indeed it laid bare the decay of the arts in this state, at every level from facilities to mojo, from tourism support to our status as the nation’s leader and innovator in the sector.

RAW: Africa by My Darling Patricia – Space – Til 14th May – 4K

It is refreshing to see a theatrical work that focuses on the realities of home grown Australian domestic life rather than the usual struggles of refugees or indigenous Australia. Refreshing but sobering. It is perhaps a coincidence only that Africa opens in Adelaide in the same week or so as Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys does …

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RAW: November – State Theatre Company – Dunstan Playhouse – 3K

Though not a triumph, there is potential in this show and hopefully as the run goes on, the energy will rise and it will be fulfilled. 3K