Reviews

Blaas

Adelaide Festival of Arts 2019. Thomas Edmunds Opera Studio, Adelaide Showgrounds. March 2 – 10, 2019

Blaas is the ultimate audience immersion experience. It is like being in a friendly alien abduction!

Blaas (or blow) hails from the Netherlands. It is unique in that the stars of the show are two big bags of air. Sounds unlikely, but true. However, there is a degree of preparation that we, the audience, must undergo so we can interact with these ‘entities’.

Palmyra

By Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas (France/UK). 2019 Adelaide Festival. AC Arts – Main Theatre. March 1–5, 2019

On a bare open stage with just two chairs and two china plates, one broken the other not, two actors enter – Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutas. Nasi takes a square skateboard and stands centre stage, like a frozen statue gazing blankly at the audience. He suddenly notices that the china plate next to Bertrand’s chair is broken. Who broke it? No one knows, but Nasi is a bit mischievous and dutifully clears up the mess and resumes his position.

Out of Chaos…

Adelaide Festival. Gravity & Other Myths. Scott Theatre. 27 February – 6 March 2019

Gravity & Other Myths explore order and chaos with their new show, grounded in theatre, but soaring in acrobatics, contemporary dance and movement that defies definition.

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019. The Cabinet Room at Treasury 1860. February 28th – March 10th, 2019.

Andy Warhol’s relentless pursuit of fame is what defined him. It was to be the catalyst for many of his exploits. Performer Garry Roost gives us a summary of the eccentric man and his interactions with his friends through his time at “The Factory”.

Just Desserts – Adults Only Tasting.

Adelaide Fringe 2019. Michelle Pearson Music. Treasury 1860. 1-9 March, 2019.

It’s a pleasure to report that Michelle Pearson’s gift - for connecting with audiences and making them feel special - is as strong as ever, in her latest cabaret concept Just Desserts.

She serves sweets that are simply sublime, supplemented by a series of cover songs (some of them clever medleys) delivered with equal parts strength, sincerity, and soulfulness, while generating suspense via audience involvement, and demonstrating tremendous empathy through her telling of life’s experiences - some amusing, others poignant.

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Adelaide Fringe 2019. Science Gang and Six Foot Under Productions. The May Wirth at Gluttony. 2-17 March, 2019

This is one of the best children’s shows I have seen; not only is it fun, well-produced, exciting and educational, it doesn’t talk down to children and keeps everyone from 5 to 105 engaged, learning and laughing.

I have had the pleasure of seeing David Lampard in action before, when he has presented to school groups. His enthusiasm and knowledge, plus a hefty dose of drama and entertainment skills, is a highly successful combination.

Squad Goals

Written by Alex Bayliss. Directed by Emma Black and Alexander Bayliss. Presented by Share House Theatre Company. Lumen Room Metro Arts, 28 February - 09 March, 2019

How far would you go to win? That’s the prevailing question asked by Squad Goals, a new black comedy written by Brisbane creative, Alex Bayliss. On the darkness scale of dark humour, this play’s the equivalent of Vantablack. It’s an excellent example of a gripping thriller crossed with a comedic horror. It is rather novel to see this genre on stage, as one usually associates with cinema. Refreshing too is the opportunity to see an all-female cast in powerful roles.

The Weir

By Conor McPherson. TheatreiNQ. TheatreiNQ Theatre, 50 Allen Street, South Townsville. 27 February – 9 March, 2019.

Anyone who is fortunate enough to be amongst the smart people who have booked in advance is in for a theatrical treat.

The Tiger Lillies Present Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace

Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019. Elder Hall at RCC Fringe. February 26 – March 10, 2019

According to Martyn Jacques, Edgar Allan Poe is the most published poet in the world. The Tiger Lillies present Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace explores Poe’s world, his works, his private life and tragic demise.

There are so many incredible areas of this performance, particularly visually. Against a plain set of drapes, doors and elevated platforms, animations are projected. We are taken from streets that fold in on each other, to flowers blooming, a dragon slithering around and a giant beating heart, among many other projections.

Ding Dong

By Marc Camoletti. Cairns Little Theatre. Directed by Frank Joel. Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2019

Cairns Little Theatre's production of the comedy Ding Dong was beset by a real life situation when one of the lead actors was suddenly taken ill days before opening night and had to pull out of the production. Fortunately, experienced actor Peter Merrill bravely took to the stage, script in hand, to fill the void. Peter gave as good a performance as is possible with the short space three days that he was given to play the difficult lead role of George.

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