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Tripod: This Gaming Life

Tripod: This Gaming Life, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016, Image by Photographer James Penlidis

A comedy trio, a symphony orchestra and video games galore – This Gaming Life is a rather pleasing, albeit unexpected, union of cabaret components. In a unique fusion of comedy, nerdery and musicality, Tripod and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra combine to take gaming to a new level. Tripod, the wizards of transforming mundane, everyday life… Read more.

Golem – Adelaide Festival

1927's Golem

Lets get this out of the way up front: nothing, no combination of meagre words, can convey the magic and technical brilliance of 1927’s Golem. This really is the type of production that, above all, must be seen. 1927, a UK based production company, have developed an intriguing and mesmerising tale based upon a character… Read more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Art Lite (Hannah Gadsby)

Hannah Gadsby

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, where there are no rules, becomes a classroom in Hannah Gadsby’s show, Art Lite. Armed with a lectern, a PowerPoint presentation and a nifty laser pointer, Gadsby’s class is not one to be missed! Gadsby, in true lecture series style, clearly outlines the learning objectives. It is obvious from the outset… Read more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – The Narelles

The Narelles. Photo by wombat

Two decades worth of hits, innumerable studio albums, scandals, image revamps, an unwavering rock and roll lifestyle and delusions of grandeur. This could describe several well-known rock bands – in this instance, the forgotten Australian band: The Narelles. Having stood the test of time, The Narelles are now astounding cabaret audiences with renditions of the… Read more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pure Blonde

Christie Whelan Browne - Janet

It’s convenient to imagine that the glitz and glamour of show business transcends the stage. One might assume that artists are blessed with a glittering and shiny ‘everyday life’ that suitably compliments their lives onstage. Audiences savour the glory of a ‘finished product’; the training, auditions, rejections, auditions, rehearsals, travel and fatigue are rarely considered…. Read more.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Meow Meow: His Master’s Choice

Meow Meow. Image by Karl Giant

The undeniable Queen of Kamikaze Kabarett has, upon the request of new Cabaret Festival curator, returned to Adelaide to stupefy audiences with her audacious, vivacious, and brave cabaret style. Meow Meow’s ability to romp through Weimar repertoire while simultaneously fascinating and frightening audiences makes for an enthralling evening. His Master’s Choice­ is such a show… Read more.

Dedications – Adelaide Cabaret Festival

John O'Hara Dedications. Image by Blueprint Studios

Richard Mercer’s long running late night radio program, Love Songs and Dedications, was a melting pot of stories and insights on love. Strangers from all walks of life would call in, in the dead of night, seeking advice from ‘The Love God’ or just to tell their story of love, happiness or despair to whomever… Read more.

Grease – Adelaide

If the yardstick for measuring the quality of a musical is the length of time you keep humming away at the music afterwards, then Grease is one of the best musicals I have seen. Toe tapping, singing along and even dancing is encouraged, and the party atmosphere permeates through every facet of the production. Grease,… Read more.

Review: Sibling Revelry

As the Adelaide Cabaret Festival approached its finale for 2014, two highly anticipated stars (both of whom had individually dazzled Adelaide audiences in previous festivals), were preparing to join forces in what promised to be a Festival highlight. Sisters Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway, in their show Sibling Revelry, highlight the double-edged sword that… Read more.

The Songs That Got Away: The Music of Harold Arlen at Ad Cab Fest

Even though Harold Arlen may not be a household name, you have definitely heard his music. If we gauge musical success through sheer number of compositions, or the longevity of songs, Arlen must be considered one of the greatest composers ever. His glorious songs are revitalised in Johanna Allen’s The Songs That Got Away: The… Read more.