Em Rusciano is fast becoming one of the most popular, talented, and benevolent entertainers in Australia. It was with bated breath that the full-house of the Festival Theatre awaited her arrival onto the stage. The eager audience were not disappointed.
Author Ben Francis
In the newly developed Festival Theatre complex, the stage was set and the energy palpable. Each year, the Variety Gala showcases the best of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and this year was no exception.
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.
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.
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.
Shelly Pantic, Tania Savelli and Melanie Smith have had multiple shows this Fringe season, bringing the group’s iconic sound to venues all over Adelaide. This show was presented by the City of Unley as a free community event on a Thursday afternoon. The room was packed and the energy palpable.
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.
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.
Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen for one night only. Backed by a three piece band featuring Adelaide’s finest musicians, revisit all of their sing-a-long classics from Rio to Tenterfield, all the way to Xanadu and beyond.
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…