Author Fran Edwards

Glam Adelaide Arts Writer & Reviewer

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The latest production by the State Opera of South Australia is a magical concoction of song, dance and colour. Written by Hungarian composer Franz Lehar in 1905 The Merry Widow has enjoyed popularity right up to today.

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A pleasant way to spend a late spring evening, watching Shakespeare performed in the open air! The theatre Guild’s production of As You Like It works well in the amphitheatre-like space that is Pfitzner Court at the uni.

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Set in Altamont, North Carolina in 1916 the play takes place, for the most part, in the Dixieland Boarding House. Thought to be mostly autobiographical Thomas Wolfe’s story, adapted by Keith Frings, is complex and focuses on family relationships.

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Produced on Broadway in 1965 this musical, by Dale Wasserman is based on the writings of Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

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This ‘coming of age’ parable sees Princeton leaving university with his shiny new BA and moving to Avenue Q. This is where he meets new friends, searches for his purpose and finds out that all that learning has not equipped him for real life!

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From the pen of renowned author Tim Firth, The Flint Street Nativity is a comic gem. Anyone who has attended school plays for the early years of their children’s education will be able to relate to the characters, played, of course, by adults.

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Fiona O’Loughlin returns home to Adelaide with three of her favourite comedy comrades for two nights at the iconic Regal Theatre on November 9th and 10th.

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Take a ridiculous plot, add a few corny jokes and some unlikely situations and you have a really funny play. This is no bedroom farce; there are no dropped trousers or scantily clad girls; but there is plenty of laughter. Father and son duo Ray and Michael Cooney have penned an excellent script,

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The original film from 1967 is still well known. Based on the 1963 novel by Chares Webb, Mike Nichols film captured the 60s perfectly. The play by Terry Johnson attempts to recreate this story. Matt Byrne has brought us another new production, continuing his efforts to introduce fresh plays to Adelaide.

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This play is usually performed closer to the day it commemorates in April, but Therry Dramatic Society have decided to make it part of the celebrations of their 75th year. Written in 1958 it is a play of its time, set in the 50’s but showcasing many of the problems that still beset our society today.

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With the upcoming anniversary of World War One this is a timely production and covering an oft-forgot section of the people who suffered through those dark days. Based firmly in the Adelaide Hills it reminds us of the difficulties faced not only by the men who marched away but also those who were left behind.

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Set in 16th Century Nuremburg, the story explores the annual song competition and rivalries of the Guilds that controlled the city. Pogner, the goldsmith, will give his daughter’s hand in marriage to the winner of the song contest, Walther von Stolzing wishes to take part but fails to understand the archaic rules and regulations that surround the entrants. He is, of course, already in love with Eva. Hans Sachs, the shoemaker, schools him in the requirements and encourages the newcomer to share his ideas. This brings us to Wagner’s main theme, what is art and how do we define it?

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The over arching theme of memory is used to highlight the conflict between the three sisters who are gathered for their mother’s funeral. No-one’s memory is the same, even to having doubts about whose memory is whose. These sisters are very different from each other and are dealing with their loss in a personal way.

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Set in Vienna in the spring of 1986 Old Wicked Songs explores the relationship between a student and teacher. In this case it is a pianist who is forced to study singing with an unknown teacher if he wishes to continue his studies with his chosen professor. The characters have trouble communicating with each other but have a common ground in music.

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Tea Tree Players Youth chose an unknown play for their latest offering. Written by John Rawson and Rob Smith, with music by Roslyn Jennings

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