Fringe season is almost upon us, and we are so excited to share with you some of the shows we are most looking forward to. From fifteen spine-tingling minutes inside a shipping container for a theatrical performance to hilarious comedies, penis puppetry and ferris wheel speed-dating, there truly is something for everyone. Take a look below.
Shows To See
Be thrilled by a spectacular display of aerial grace and beauty. High flying, high energy performers treating you to breathtaking aerial manoeuvres which will thrill and inspire. Be delighted by the unique cirque skills which will have you gasping in awe. 28 February – 4 March.
Slapstick and silent clowning at its finest: Tom Flanagan, star of Club Swizzle, Circus Oz and Tom Tom Crew amazes, delights and leaves audiences in stitches as he pays homage to the greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in this one-man acrobatic comedy for all ages. 17 February – 12 March.
Michael Schafer is one of the fastest rising stars in Australian comedy, reaching the RAW Comedy National Final in 2016, selling out his debut season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and touring internationally. Building on from the success of his sold-out Jewish-ish shows, Michael is back to serve up Kosher Bacon; a show about things that make no sense, like marriage, God and bar-mitzvah DJs. 27 February – 4 March.
By A Thread
Seven acrobats and thirty metres of rope… need we say more? This circus ensemble circus creation explores the relationship between trust and play. Long spools of white rope run through pulley sheaves and wrap around bodies, explicitly connecting movements above and on the ground. This performance looks set to be completely memorising and thrilling. 2 March – 18 March.
James McLean: Goodie Two Shoes
This cabaret comedy tells the quirky story of a well-mannered man whose job accidentally leads him to become a gangland criminal. Essentially, he must deliberately offend nasty men to survive… but why rock the boat? This performance is set to be a hilarious polite story-telling farce full of annoying colleagues, bad bosses and Ratpack songs if you ask nicely. 17 February – 18 March.
My 90’s Mixtape
Paying tribute to a decade that gave us grunge, flower hats and denim, this interactive show will be a trip down memory lane that you won’t want to miss. Essentially, it will be a nostalgic playlist dedicated to Australian 90’s music, and we couldn’t think of anything better. Featuring a live 5 piece band, including Tamara, a highly sought after vocalist with over 10 years experience, this show will be a total and utter tribute to the decade that gave us grunge, flower hats and denim. 9 March.
Kitty Flanagan: Smashing
Flanagan’s Fringe show will see everything getting ‘smashed,’ including, but not strictly limited to, lovesongs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics. This show is bound to be overflowing with the wonderful Kitty style we love so much. We’re told that it may be best to leave the kids at home, unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. 27 February – 18 March.
Dressed to impress and with more thrust than a NASA lift off, British showman Paul Dabek takes to the stage with a quick wit and theatrical flair that captivates all ages. Come and see why audiences across the globe can’t get enough of Dabek and his trademark blend of magic, comedy and much much more! 16 February – 4 March.
This one is exactly what you’re thinking (and is definitely eighteen over). Coming to Adelaide direct from Las Vegas, the Masters of Penis Origami are retuning. Set to awe audiences by folding, twisting, bulging and scooping their junk into creations, this one-of-a-kind show which has played all around Europe, the US and South America, looks set to deliver an incredible performance for us no less. Creating puppets such as “The Pelican,” “The Windsurfer,” “The Eiffel Tower,” “The Loch Ness Monster” and their signature creation, “The Hamburger” – all of these delights will be projected onto a huge screen for your close-up enjoyment. 27 February – 17 March.
Donald Trump is coming to the Fringe… well kind of. After two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons, Simon Jay’s ‘Trumpageddon’ makes its Australasian premiere. Immerse yourself in Trump’s world before he blows it to kingdom come: this absurdist satire is as demented, hysterical and disturbed as the man himself. Come with questions for the leader of the free world, as part of the show involves The Donald answering (and mocking) his audience. 16 February – 18 March.
A joyful mix of astounding stunts and enchanted adventure, ‘Circus Abyssinia’ is the magical journey of two little Ethiopian brothers (Bibi and Bichu) whose dream of joining the circus is made real by the Man in the Moon. Plunged into a world of daredevil wonders, they encounter a host of other circus dreamers: dancing, contorting, gravity-defying figures, all weaving tales of their own. This looks set to be a phenomenal, must-see show. 16 February – 18 March.
Djuki Mala is returning to Adelaide on the back of their 2017 Summer Festival, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out seasons, and we think it is a must see. Unique, infectious, high-energy exuberant, this show merges traditional Yolngu, pop culture and dance storytelling to create work that is a marvel of timing, comedy clowning, and heart. If there is one show that is guaranteed to leave you feeling genuinely happy then this is it. 3 March – 18 March.
This BAFTA winning, five-star hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Fleabag comes to The Garden direct from Soho Theatre. You will experience a fully immersive theatrical experience… in complete darkness. Séance explores the psychology of a group of people who have been bombarded with suggestible material. It asks the audience to believe, not only in what seems to be happening in the container but also in what might be conjured up. The experience takes place inside a shipping container in absolute darkness and lasts for a spine-tingling 15 minutes; be sure to check it out! 15 February – 19 March.
The GC @ The German Club
The GC is a brilliant multi-space performance hub situated in a central city location within the versatile facilities of the German Club. It offers five performance rooms over 4 floors, with audience capacities from 50 through to 450, plus in-house bars and bistro, air-conditioned comfort and loads of atmosphere.
The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
The Garden of Unearthly Delights remains unrivalled as Australia’s most vibrant and dynamic festival precinct. Each year, The Gardeners, a partnership between Strut & Fret Production House and Buxton Walker, create a unique festival playground including multiple performance venues, bars, carnival rides, an array of world foods, market stalls and the most unexpected sideshow surprises.
The Love Shack
Dating apps will be taking the back seat at the Love Shack, as traditional match-making style experiences come to Adelaide. Think Ferris Wheel speed-dating, blind dates and singles’ hypnosis. This Fringe event is essentially a single’s party meets love festival that is for everyone (couples welcome). This two-night-only event will be taking place in the Adelaide Showgrounds during the 2018 Fringe Season on a Friday and Saturday night, with singles, couples, groups, and individuals all welcome. 23 – 24 February.
Happy Fringe, everyone!