Reviews

Swamp Juice

Swamp Juice

Performed in the enormous space of The Substation in Newport, Swamp Juice is a shadow puppetry show assembled from the refuse and junk of our disposable society. Created by Bunk Puppets and Manny Fox, it’s an innovative work about the ethics and morality of how we treat and interact with…

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MTC: The Speechmaker

Kat Stewart and Toby Trusslove. Photo by Jeff Busby

A technically brilliant satire on the American political machine, The Speechmaker drips with the larrikinish Aussie wit we would expect from Working Dog, but, despite its technical prowess, it left me feeling … well … nothing. That’s not exactly true. It left me feeling nothing about its content, but it certainly has…

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Q44: Orphans

Q44: Orphans

Orphans wasn’t exactly what I expected to find when I walked into the sprawling and maze-like first floor venue that Q44 operate out of, but it fit perfectly. My Saturday night at the theatre was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Experienced a great venue, discovered…

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NEON: Resplendence

Angus Cereni. Photo by Sebastian Bourgess

Angus Cerini scares me. In a good way. In a way that I know his work is likely to disturb and confront me and make me want a glass of wine and some alone time after a show. His company, Doubletap, are next in this year’s NEON Festival of Independent…

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The King and I, Melbourne

The King and I, Melbourne

This production of The King and I was first seen in 1991 in Adelaide. It toured Australia and found its way to New York in 1996, where it won some Tonys, and to London in 2000. It was a lavish, extravagant re-working of the Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1950s Broadway hit…

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Yon and His Prism of Sexy Thoughts

Yon and His Prism of Sexy Thoughts

The wholesome family fun of Australian comedy trio, Tripod, has entertained audiences for 17 years. Yon, one third of the trio, has evidently yearned to have his voice heard without the corrupting influence of his mates. At the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, his wish has finally come true, in the shape…

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Colin Hay: Waiting for my Real Life

Colin Hay

A unique rendition of Down Under, as recorded by the South Australian Primary Schools’ Band, was a perfect way to introduce Colin Hay’s new show, Waiting for my Real Life, to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The show is a demonstration of vocal individuality and songwriting mastery, and a comedic autobiographical…

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Freedman Does Nilsson – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Tim Freedman

Freedman Does Nilsson­ is an engrossing exposé of Harry Nilsson, one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters, performed by Tim Freedman, one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters. The production is another ‘biopic cabaret’ and the result – a ‘live imagining’ of a Nilsson concert – is fascinating. Harry Nilsson, a shy, enigmatic legend of popular…

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MKA: Unsex Me

Mark Wilson. Photo by Sarah Walker

Sitting between performance art and cabaret, Mark Wilson’s one-man-woman-man piece is contentious, provocative and arresting. Presented as part of MKA’s Hyprtxt Festival, Unsex Me looks at Lady Macbeth’s famed monologue (“unsex me here”) and through a queer lens that investigates notions of identity, reproduction and feminisation. Wilson’s performance re-humanises Lady…

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Little Bird – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Little Bird – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Little Bird is a family affair. The writer is married to the director who in turn is the State Theatre Company of SA’s CEO’s son as well as being the brother of an Adelaide Cabaret Festival executive producer. It also marks the first co-production between the STCSA and the Cabaret…

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