Author Fran Edwards

Glam Adelaide Arts Writer & Reviewer

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Mark Holden has had a long and chequered career, which he talks about in this wander down memory lane, but his focus seems to be more on family and his circus roots. He is the descendant of a long line of big top performers from the Holden Bros Circus and he feels it is still in his blood, and his family.

Arts 10.0
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With two stellar performers like these there is not much to say that hasn’t been said. Nancye Hayes has been gracing musical stages from her debut as a leading lady in Sweet Charity (1967) to playing Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady not so long ago. She keeps working, in both musicals and plays, and keeps smiling. Her friendship with Todd McKenney is obvious. They have worked together for many years, since they met playing in 42nd Street. Todd has been an Australian favourite for many years both on Stage and on TV, and he has the same irrepressible optimism.

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Originally a 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, later developed as a stage musical by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. It translates to the stage remarkably well.

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The Pearl Fishers is a remarkable opera. Written by Georges Bizet when he was 24 years old, it has freshness and a feel of other worldliness.

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This re-vamped version of the production was first produced in 2011 with mixed reviews. As with all shows changes will be better received by some and although they do not significantly change the show the difference is noticeable.

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The publicity describes this production as a dark comedy about the dark ages! That about sums it up nicely, with the emphasis on comedy. Michael Hollinger has written a play about moral dilemmas – we all face them – the concept of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

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Born Yesterday was written at the end of WWII but could have been written yesterday: the bombastic, bullying, misogynistic Harry Brock could easily be mistaken for a pre-presidential Donald Trump.

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Rossini’s comic opera about a barber who is also a matchmaker maintains its popularity through the years and this production, back from touring interstate, is as fresh as any modern piece.

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With a book written by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger this musical was first produced in 1997. Based on the true story of conjoined twins (the Hilton Sisters) who were the toast of Vaudeville, the story had a lot of heart and is full of unusual leads, many of who are based on people who were called freaks

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Three ladies having a girls’ night out, workmates who are there for various reasons, and at the next table a couple of blokes waiting for a mate to join them, such a typical scenario.

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This play, by Nick Dear from a famous story by Mary Shelley, was originally performed with a very distinguished cast by the National Theatre, London and received rave reviews.

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The ever-popular Annie, based on Little Orphan Annie, has been shortened and lost some of its text to allow to be performed by a youth cast and in Pelican Productions recent effort at the Arts Theatre it worked rather well.

Adelaide Fringe 7.0
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With a comfortable looking set on stage including, of course, a grand piano, these ladies brought us many songs from The Great American Song Book as it is known, focusing on the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern from that prolific spot in history when Jazz, Blues and show tunes were born.

Adelaide Festival
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When the Adelaide Festival booked Lior to perform the newly commissioned Chamber version of Compassion, he found that he was on stage with that show for two performances with a two-day gap in between. So what better idea than to do a one man gig on the Saturday night?

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This Hamlet is written by Brett Dean, but contains much of Shakespeare’s well-known text. The libretto is by Matthew Jocelyn and the music is complex. This is a Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, brought to Adelaide for the Festival of Arts.

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