Author Ben Francis

At 18 years old, Ben’s training has taken him around Australia, and to Hong Kong, Paris and London, including on the West End and in The Royal Albert Hall. In 2016, Ben performed as a supporting lead in the State Opera of South Australia’s world premiere production of Cloudstreet!, under the direction of internationally-acclaimed director, Gale Edwards. Other credits include: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), for which he earned a nomination for ‘Best Young Performer’ in the Adelaide Theatre Guide 2015/16 ‘Curtain Call’ Awards. Ben also performs regularly with Independent Theatre, with roles including Peter Pan in Peter and Alice, Mozart in Amadeus, and Sebastien in Brideshead Revisited. Ben is also the producer and lead vocalist of The 60 Four scaling the falsetto heights of Frankie Valli, Brian Wilson and other vocal groups of the 60’s. A skilled musician, Ben also enjoys musically directing and orchestrally conducting local productions, including: Bugsy Malone and 13! The Musical with Adelaide Youth Theatre.  Ben is a recent graduate of Scotch College, where he was Captain of Performing Arts, and achieved Dux of Combined Studies. Since establishing Promise Adelaide in 2014, he has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers whilst raising in excess of $19,000 for charity.

Adelaide Fringe 9.0
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Well away from the chaos of The Garden of Unearthly Delight and Gluttony is the beautiful Stirling Community Theatre. At 10pm on a Thursday night, David Salter’s one-man cabaret ‘Make Believe’ established itself as a highlight of the Adelaide Fringe.

Adelaide Fringe 10.0
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Emily Steel was recently awarded the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award and one can see why in this production; her autobiographical script is flawless. She elucidates every single devastating decision that lead her to the ultimatum, whilst providing audience members with emotional relief with illuminating moments of genuine humour.

Adelaide Fringe 5.0
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After losing her teenage brother to suicide, Mary Galouzis established Talk Out Loud; a company that provides targeted prevention initatives, activities and programs for young people under 30 years of age. Removing the stigma surrounding mental illness is an extremely worthy objective, and Galouzis and her many volunteers should be commended for their work.

Adelaide Fringe 8.0
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Two years ago Zoe Muller began writing a script for Puberty Blues. The script came to life at Holden Street Theatre in October. After a successful opening, the trio have brought the play back to Adelaide audiences for the Fringe Festival.

Adelaide Fringe 8.0
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Night-time. A country lane. Two men training run into their past and into their future. A simple exploration of what it means to be alive. Two mates are preparing to run the New York marathon, and on the surface level, this play is a snapshot of a routine training session. Soon, however, familiar landmarks go unobserved, and a metaphysical fog blankets the characters. All is not what it seems.

Adelaide Fringe
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Broadway composer John Bucchino, will be performing for the S.A. premiere season of “IT’S ONLY LIFE”. With its hauntingly beautiful score, this production focuses on the choices made by artists between their art and their lives on and off the stage. Ben Francis speaks to John Bucchino ahead of opening night…