The full program of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe was launched amongst an array of colourful fete stalls featuring fabulous Fringe artists. New Fringe Ambassador Katie Noonan kicked off the ‘Fringe Fete’ with a beautiful song from the balcony of the Fringe’s Headquarters in Norwood.
“In the 2014 program you will discover world-class music, theatre, circus acts and hundreds of shows, all of which offer something different,” Noonan said.
Fringe Director Greg Clarke highlighted the enormous number of award-winning artists featured in next year’s program as well as the new Victoria Square Hub and the giant Disco Cuttlefish.
“Every Saturday night throughout the Fringe ‘Stobie’, a 13m long cuttlefish whose skin features a fantastic strobing lighting effect, will flash dance his way through the East End to a disco soundtrack,” Mr Clarke said. “Everyone will be able to join in the fun by going online in January to adelaidefringe.com.au to learn a specially choreographed cuttlefish dance and then be able to ‘strut’ their stuff whenever he appears.”
The newly developed Victoria Square/ Tarntanyannga will become the centre of a new Hub and will feature The Royal Croquet Club, The Spirit Festival, a Kaurna Ceremony and the Fringe Street Theatre Festival. There will be a further 23 Fringe venues in the streets running off the Square including Tuxedo Cat, Arts Theatre, Royalty Theatre, Adelaide Town Hall, La Boheme and The Promethean.
The 2014 Fringe program features a record 966 events – 107 cabaret shows, 25 circus and physical theatre shows, 112 theatre productions, 269 comedy events, 32 dance shows, 4 film events, 198 music concerts, 113 art exhibitions, 41 children’s events and 64 special events.
Adelaide Fringe Chair Judy Potter said “this year’s inaugural four-week Fringe was a massive success and we are delighted to be able welcome everyone back in 2014 to enjoy another rich and diverse four week program of must-see events and unforgettable art happenings.”
Next year there will also be 173 venues hosting 342 Fringe events outside the CBD. Premier of South Australia the Hon. Jay Weatherill said “it is exciting to see the Fringe spread its wings out into the suburbs and into the regions. Special events will be held in Port Adelaide, Unley, Salisbury, Goolwa, Port Augusta and the Barossa Valley.”
Jane Kittel, principal partner BankSA’s Managing Director said “our much loved TalkFringe.com website and Support Act program are back this year, so check out what’s trending and snap up a $10 ticket to one of the many acts we subsidise.”
Mr Clarke also encouraged audiences to go and see something totally new and different and recommended that the $10 BankSA Support Act tickets were an inexpensive way to do exactly that.
2014 ADELAIDE FRINGE HIGHLIGHTS
The following award-winning shows and special events listed are but a small snapshot to highlight the exciting and diverse range and quality of events in the 2014 Adelaide Fringe.
SPECIAL FREE EVENTS
Fringe Parade – An unforgettable Adelaide tradition not to be missed. As dusk falls experience a kaleidoscopic collision of colour, light and music and welcome the thousands of Fringe artists here to entertain us. King William Street, Friday, February 14, at 8.30pm.
Disco Cuttlefish – Every Saturday night at 9.30pm be dazzled as ‘Stobie’ the electrifying Cuttlefish flash dances his way through the East End to light up the bitumen dance floor. Cnr. Rundle St. & East Tce.
Fringe Street Theatre Festival – Super skilled and super funny street theatre performers from across Australia and around the world will flood our streets for four days and nights of high-octane entertainment. Held in Rundle Mall, Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide Airport and Waymouth St from Friday, March 7 to Monday, March 10.
Spirit Festival – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts and culture for the whole family in the heart of the city. Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute & Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16.
Desert Fringe – Make tracks to the edge of the desert for an unforgettable weekend of Fringe frivolity. Port Augusta, Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.
AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS NOT TO BE MISSED
This year’s program features an enormous number of award-winning artists and shows. ARIA award-winning musicians appearing in the Garden of Unearthly Delights include Katie Noonan performing with circus troupe Circa in her captivating show Love-Song-Circus, one of Australia’s most loved musicians Josh Pyke and Adelaide’s very own folk-rock duo The Audrey’s.
A plethora of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award winners Will Anderson, Sammy J and Randy, Tom Ballard, The Kranski Sisters, Sam Simmons, Lawrence Mooney, Paul McDermott, Tom Gleeson, Charlie Pickering, Denise Scott, Hannah Gadsby, Justin Hamilton, Asher Treleaven and 2013 winners Luke McGregor and David Quirk all feature.
Edinburgh Fringe Award winning shows include Boy with Tape on His Face – More Tape, which won the 2012 Edinburgh Comedy Award, and this year’s winner of the Panel Prize, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For it.
There’s also the 2013 Edinburgh Mervyn Stutter Award winner Alexis Dubus – Cars and Girls at Tuxedo Cat and not to be missed is the 2013 winner of the Holden Street Theatres Award, Bitch Boxer.
Those with kids should check out the winner of the Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Children, The Luck Child at the Royalty Theatre.
Melbourne Fringe Award winning shows coming over include cabaret shows A Viking Tale by Jenny Wynter at Tuxedo Cat On Pulteney and True Story at La Boheme, Best Circus show We Should Quit at the Royal Croquet Club, Best Comedy show Dr Professor Neal Portenza at Tuxedo Cat @ Raj House, Best performance They Saw A Thylacine at Tuxedo Cat on Pulteney and FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out at Radio Adelaide.
Previous Adelaide Fringe BankSA Award winners back in 2014 and not be missed include Limbo, the thrilling circus hit direct from London that premiered at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe, from Canada Bunk Puppets’ Swamp Juice, EastEnd Cabaret: Dirty Talk, Flight or Flight and Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox all at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Other previous Adelaide Fringe award winners include Wolf Creek the Musical at The Producers Bar, the magic show Deception at Gluttony, Stephen K Amos at the Arts Theatre, Idea of North at St Peter’s Cathedral, The Twoks at Howl the Moon and Alirio Zavarce directing A Sense of Home at the Channel 9 Kevin Crease Studios.
Also not to be missed is Glory Box! by Green Room Award winners Finucane & Smith in the Garden and Gravity and Other Myths’ A Simple Space at the Royal Croquet Club.
The visual arts program is brimming with major events showcasing Australian work including the 2014 Heysen Sculpture Biennial at Hahndorf and the Palmer Sculpture Biennial 2014. Local artists are celebrated at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2014, the group show Smoke in Port Adelaide and the award-winning Emma Hack, who returns with her show New Works at The Big Slapple.
Adelaide Fringe will kick off with the opening night Fringe Parade on Friday, February 14, and runs until Sunday, March 16.
Adelaide Fringe runs for four weeks from Friday, February 14, until Sunday, March 16.
The full Fringe program is now available at adelaidefringe.com.au or by downloading the Fringe iPhone App.
Tickets and gift vouchers can be purchased at adelaidefringe.com.au, FringeTIX box offices and outlets or by phoning 1300 621 255.
The printed Fringe Guide will be available from Saturday, January 4, 2014.