REVIEW: THAT DARING AUSTRALIAN GIRL (Theatre)

Joanne Hartstone returns to the Adelaide Fringe Festival with another original solo show. Daring indeed! She embodies one of the most headstrong, significant South Australian female figures in history, and…

REVIEW: KILLJOY – DESTROY THE FANTASY (CIRCUS / PHYSICAL THEATRE)

This multidisciplinary work presented by Laser Beanz Productions was an unapologetic statement about the unrealistic expectations some women endure in relationships. (language warning)  Performers Cat Scobie, Mahla Bird, and Amy Broomstick…

REVIEW: GRACE (Theatre / Comedy)

British comedian-actress, Katie Reddin-Clancy performed an introspective one-woman show at the Tuxedo Cat. Reddin-Clancy cleverly morphed between various characters as she explored issues of identity, gender, and love. As I…

REVIEW: HER SOUL (Music / Cabaret)

Set in the chic surrounds of La Boheme, Mahalia Barr-Mashei sparkled on stage with her three-piece band. The Adelaide-based songstress paid tribute to soul artists and shared personal stories in…

REVIEW: ORPHEUS (Theatre / Folk)

Ancient Greek poet and musician, Orpheus, is given new life as modern-day Dave, who can only see the world in grey. Dave reaches a milestone, the age of 30, when…

REVIEW: DIAMOND GIRLS (Theatre / Performance)

Canadian producer and writer, Maureen Ulrich, presents a dynamic one-woman show featuring multifaceted performer Amanda Trapp. This show is Ulrich’s first attempt on a script featuring a single actress performing…

REVIEW: IVY + BEAN THE MUSICAL (Children’s / Theatre)

A musical adaptation of Annie Barrows’ best-selling book series by Scott Elmegreen brings Ivy and Bean’s adventures to life at the The Bakehouse Theatre. It’s a tale of two unlikely…

REVIEW: MEG IN THE MAGIC TOYSHOP (Children’s / Performance)

Vintage Vendetta Productions (UK) bring Meg and Penny to Adelaide in a colourful interactive production for small kids and big kids alike. Merrilyn Greer played Meg to perfection using a…

REVIEW: SMOKING WITH GRANDMA (Theatre / Mixed Media)

ThreeWoods Playwright brings a rare cultural gem to Fringe audiences set in a contentious point in history between Taiwan and China. Smoking With Grandma was written and directed by Cathy SK…

REVIEW: LOVE IS EASY (Theatre / Performance)

The universal theme of love was the basis of StarheART’s first original production. Seven actors performed monologues about the pros and cons of human love in this mixed dramatic work.…

REVIEW: CHRYSALIS (Cabaret)

Megan Doherty returns to the Adelaide Fringe having written a new show about transformation, realisations, and personal growth. Sitting in the audience of Doherty’s cabaret felt like reading the pages…

REVIEW: UPSTAIRS DOWNTON (Theatre / Comedy)

Who needs reality TV when Soap! Improv is presenting a different kind of soap opera? Over three weeks, eight actors combine their wit and talent in improvisation to produce one…

REVIEW: SCARRED FOR LIFE (Cabaret / Music)

Josh Belperio stars in an autobiographical cabaret armed with a microphone, grand-piano, teddy bear, plastic machete, and see-through hospital underwear. He recounts a sensational true story through original songs and…

REVIEW: THE GIZMO (Children’s / Comedy)

Beloved children’s author Paul Jennings’ messages about friendship, self-respect, and consequences of stealing shine in this vibrant adaptation by Verity Laughton. Nicholas Clark Management present a wonderfully entertaining stage version…

REVIEW: FATTER THAN YOU THINK (Comedy / Stand Up)

Californian funny man Justin Matson thinks that skinny girls who eat salad may secretly cry in their cars. His personal struggles with body image featured in his latest show which…

REVIEW: HAND IN HAND (Circus / Physical Theatre)

Vertical Insanity Circus delivered a youthful take on physical theatre that celebrated the colour, joy, and interdependence of being human. Presented by a young company of six performers in their…

REVIEW: THE INQUISITION OF THE BIG BAD WOLF (Dance / Cross-Artform)

Wolf is both an innovative and original work challenging audience expectations about what a Fringe performance should be. It was created in consultation with Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, and…

REVIEW: BREAKING THE MAGICIAN’S CODE (Magic / Comedy)

What’s better than seeing a funny stand-up comic with tricks up his sleeve? Two stand-up comics with magic tricks! Kane and Abel (intentionally misspelt to avoid any lawsuits) brought a…

REVIEW: SOCIALLY [UN]ACCEPTABLE (Theatre / Social Change)

Laura Desmond emerged from behind a black curtain, holding a beer and dressed only in her underwear. This one-woman show demanded my attention from the first second and what followed…

REVIEW: NOUGHTY GIRLS (Sketch Comedy)

When I attend a comedy show at the Fringe, I cross my fingers that the performer is going to make me laugh out loud. It can be hit and miss…

REVIEW: THE EXPERT AT THE CARD TABLE (Magic / Close-Up)

The moment I entered the cabinet room, upstairs at La Boheme, the soft jazz on playback and the vintage ambience provided the perfect backdrop for this performance in the round.…

REVIEW: DIARY OF A POWER P*SSY (Cabaret / Burlesque)

Sophie deLightful presented and starred in an intimate performance at La Boheme. It was her first time performing in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, but the Melbourne-based artist was no novice.…

The Greatest Showman – Film Review

Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece. Your feelings matter but they likely will not change my opinion. Furthermore, I paid $20 to watch this film. I felt I needed to…

A Human’s Right: the Epitome of Resilience – Book Review

The Only Girl in the World – Book Review by Jennifer Trijo The fleeting moments of loneliness that I felt in my life pale in comparison to the plight of…

REVIEW: Movie Masterpieces II: The Sequel

Guy Noble led the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with gusto as guest conductor for a grand night at the movies. There are thousands of memorable movie themes in cinematic history and…

REVIEW: MATILDA – Backstage Pass

For nearly two years, the fantasmagorical world of Matilda has intrigued Australian audiences after it opened in Sydney on 20th August 2015. The combination of Roald Dahl’s mastery of the…

REVIEW: Kinky Boots

The unlikely friendship between a dynamic drag diva and a stoic entrepreneur reveals the truth at the core of our humanity; we have a lot in common with those who…

REVIEW: Feelin’ Groovy

The moment that Harry Baulderstone and Marcus Ryan’s show started, the audience knew there was nothing hazy about this winter night. The Arkaba’s Top Room bustled with anticipation as patrons…