Produced by: LimosaniProjekts ,
Once upon a time… in a faraway land… it happened… did not happen… could have happened. History is passed on like stories from generation to generation. But what if the stories are not what they seem?
This award winning work is an International collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance & theatre to create a poetic narrative that has the beauty & disquiet of a Grimm’s fairy-tale. It is a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself.
Not Today's Yesterday took home the Graham Smith Peace Foundation Award and the Bank SA Best in Dance Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe.
Produced by: Michaela Burger ,
A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your heart-string...the true spirit of the migrant experience.
A Migrant's Son is a true story exploring migration from Greece to Australia during the 1930’s. This extraordinary new work conveys incredible historical events that are brought to life through original compositions, creating a unique and touching account that is both hard-hitting and hilarious.
Written and performed by award winning cabaret star Michaela Burger (Exposing Edith), this is a tale about a man, the son of a poor migrant, who defied all odds and rose above adversity. From early morning deliveries for the family bakery at age seven, down opal mines in Coober Pedy and opening a chain of discount supermarkets, his unrelenting determination to build a successful life is comical and dramatic; as he pushes through like an unstoppable force and is willing to sacrifice everything for his family.
Featuring traditional instruments, including bouzouki, the show touches deeply on topics of racism, intolerance, judgement and the struggles presented by migration. Through the engagement of community choirs as part of the show, there is an elevated feeling of community-spirit and diversity.
Produced by: Australian Dance Theatre ,
Weaving together live music and astonishingly powerful contemporary dance, The Beginning of Nature is a compelling and ritualistic new work from Australian Dance Theatre.
Portrayed by ADT's nine extraordinary dancers, the work includes live accompaniment by a string quartet and two vocalists performing a libretto in Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains.
The Beginning of Nature explores the integral rhythms in nature to create an other-wordly journey that is both mesmerising and awe-inspiring.
Produced by: Candy Shop Show Australia ,
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we welcome you aboard magical airline Up, Up & Away! where only the extremely good looking are eligible to fly! We trust you'll enjoy the hospitality provided by our cheeky service team, as well as the fabulous in-flight entertainment system."
Travel with Up, Up & Away! in this riotous dance cabaret on a once-in-a-lifetime journey around the world. The sassy stewardesses are your LIVE In-Flight Entertainment System which features more than enough razzle-dazzle from the Swing and Retro eras to keep you occupied during your fabulous journey.
Join the tipsy mile-high shenanigans through spectacular dance numbers and captivating harmonies as the crew from First Class, Business Class and Economy demonstrate what NEVER goes on at 39,000 feet. In fact, the hosties are far more interested in their own comfort than that of their passengers and you are invited to join their escapades as they leap through the skies on an unmissable musical journey.
"Cabin crew, please prepare the cabin for chaos… I mean, landing…!”
Produced by: LimosaniProjekts ,
Australian Choreographer Lina Limosani and Scottish visual theatre director Al Seed plunge audiences into the story of the Fates of Greek mythology. Virtuoso Australian dancers Tara Jade Samaya and Kialea-Nadine Williams join Limosani on stage to play the three Fates who spin, measure and cut the thread of life, creating an emotionally charged dance-theatre performance which weaves together themes of mortality, freewill and sisterhood.Through stunning imagery, an immersive original score, dance and theatre, this work is a fiercely dynamic piece, delivered with relentless intensity and athleticism in an exhilarating journey into myth and imagination.
Produced by: Hannah Fang ,
Prepare to be blown away by an evening of brilliant talent and amazing music from classical to hip-hop to heavy metal.
A collaboration of talented musicians support internationally recognised Heng (Hannah) Fang. The programme features music both classical and contemporary, beginning with a famous classical piece , followed by songs from Ed Sheeran, the theme from Game of Thrones, Leonard Cohen, Gun n' Roses, Two Steps from the Hell and many more.
The concert features a full rock band.
Produced by: Showko Comedy ,
SHOWKO: ABSOLUTELY NORMAL
Directed by Heath McIvor
STAND-UP | PUPPETRY | VENTRILOQUISM | RAKUGO
Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko – Australia’s favourite Japanese comedian. Kooky and off-beat, Showko’s blend of stand-up, puppetry, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique.
Armed with a swag of stories about growing up and living in the whackiest culture on earth, Showko will give you a glimpse into the craziness that exists just below the surface of Japan that most foreigners never get to see.
As a child, she escaped into a fantasy world of making and talking to puppets – now it’s her job. The world may be crazy, but Showko is absolutely normal. Honestly!
Absolutely Normal was directed by Heath McIvor (the man behind Randy the purple puppet) and was one of the standout hit shows at the Malthouse Theatre for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018.
Produced by: Circus Oz ,
Rock Bang: A circus rock opera.
Circus Oz has co-created an original hilarious rock’n’roll extravaganza – Rock Bang – with Otto & Astrid from the (self-proclaimed) best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte.
Part rock concert, part side-splitting comedy and smashed together with acrobatic punk anarchy, Rock Bang is a sensory feast of heart stopping stunts, physical ridiculousness, soaring guitars, thumping drums and contagious tunes.
Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto & Astrid attempt to tell their fantastical life story of being orphaned as kids and growing up in artist filled squats to become the darlings of Berlin’s underground rock scene.
Distracted and inspired by the extraordinary bendy feats of the Circus Oz acrobats, Otto & Astrid quickly descend into squabbling, throwing rehearsed circus routines and songs into spectacular chaos.
Rock Bang is a riotous hard-rocking Circus Oz explosion detonated by Otto & Astrid.
Produced by: Pool Of Talent Ltd Nz ,
LA based multi-platinum NZ producer & songwriter MARK TIERNEY presents a unique piece of aural art, combining electronica with ambient guitar and the folk songs of New Zealand and Scandinavia in this riveting 10 minute extract from his longform THE EXHIBITION SHOW, THE BONES OF THE 20th CENTURY. Mark on synths and computer is joined on treated guitar and voice by Swedish singer/songwriter EMMA EJWERTZ in this haunting cinematic piece that builds from European plainsong and a Swedish nursery rhyme to a pounding rhythmic climax that speaks to the ruinous inheritance of the 20th Century.
Depending on venue the live audio is supported by video elements shot specifically by Mark for this piece.
Afterward Mark and Emma discuss their collaboration, the harmonious mixing of cultural identities and blending live music to fit a cinematic form.
Produced by: Frank Burkitt ,
Frank Burkitt is a songwriter and a storyteller. His head is overflowing with entertaining anecdotes that pour into his music. Inspired by jazz, blues, folk, swing, soul and all things American Roots, his excellent string band have become popular throughout New Zealand thanks to their strong musicianship and tight arrangements. Burkitt's delivery of both song and story will leave you intrigued and entertained. They will also be joined by the extreme talents of multi instrumentalist and one man horn section Oscar Laven and ferocious jazz pianist and singer Louis Thompson Munn.
Produced by: Circus Oz ,
Tutti is an elegant union between visually stunning circus and live symphony orchestra performing renowned Australian work. Expect a dazzling evening of excitement, and thrilling acrobatics as moments of pure risk, beauty, complexity, virtuosity and maybe even some irreverence, come together to celebrate the common thread between music and silence, circus and stillness, tension and release. The Orchestra is framed by a spanning truss arch reminiscent of a violin bridge and the circus artists will emerge throughout the performance, balancing on giant strings and physically forming the shape of music in this truly spectacular show of aerial work, acrobatics, flying trumpeters, and even a human metronome.
Produced by: Loaded Productions ,
TOM LEHRER! Satire! Songs! Piano! TOM LEHRER! Genius mathematician, tickling ivories and tickling funny bones since, well, never mind...
TOM LEHRER! 'Ghoul Singer!' Adelaide Advertiser, 26th March, 1960.
Shake, rattle and roll your funny bones along to see Susan, Michael, Sean and Peter sing over 20 hilarious, ghoulish Lehrer songs including POISONING PIGEONS IN THE PARK, THE MASOCHISM TANGO and THE VATICAN RAG in brainy, laugh like drainy, caberet-ny "TOMFOOLERY"!
Produced by: Neil Gooding Productions Pty Ltd ,
The Box Show, designed to excite the imagination of children and adults alike. We follow 4 characters during their daily activities in a world made of cardboard boxes and junk. These daily activities result in a rhythmical journey revealing hilarious circumstances as we fall in love with each and every one of them. With a language of gibberish and rhythm, this show is accessible to any age and nationality. You won’t look at a cardboard box the same way after watching this show!
The contents of an abandoned kitchen become the greatest drum set in the world. Pipes from a plumber’s van produces eerie melodies, Plastic bags are an amazing musical instrument and wheelie bins suddenly get a whole new meaning...
Tag along for a day in the life of a bunch of musical misfits as they reinvigorate the junk that the world has forgotten.
Produced by: Frankly Winehouse ,
Joining the 27 Club like many great music legends before her, Amy Winehouse's legacy has truly lived on. With a voice that ignites all, and the talent and ingenuity to match, Amy Winehouse has a story of intrigue, torment and passion.
Ashleigh Kreveld steps into the world of Winehouse - delving well past the beehive, caked-on eyeliner and cleavage, and into the damaged, but divine, rawness of Amy Winehouse.
Featuring all the gags, eye-rolls and witty repartee of the cheeky Amy, watch this diva delve into her life of addiction, pop idols, f*ck me pumps and what really held that hair up.
Showcasing all the tunes of the glorious Winehouse herself, plus some killer covers, this cabaret tells the story through each brilliantly constructed, gin-soaked and smoky ditty Winehouse ever wrote.
Supported by a live pianist, this is the ultimate live Amy Winehouse experience.
Produced by: Tupe Lualua ,
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
- Shel Silverstein
Inspired by the works of renowned American writer Shel Silverstein, Shel We? is an invitation. An enchanting, playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show.
Award winning choreographer Tupua Tigafua is a highly accomplished dancer and one of the most ingenious storytellers of this generation. After an illustrious career dancing for some of Aotearoa’s creative elite, Tupua has masterfully created his own dance style. This original artistic brilliance is now what we know as Shel We?
Produced by: Circus Oz ,
Precarious takes us on a journey into the mayhem that is the ministry of nature, an absurd lo fi bureaucracy.
A non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages, Precarious explores what happens when the overseers of nature fail in their duty of care? In this new show, the physical possibilities of the human body demonstrate how easily the natural balance can be upended, creating chaos on a human and global scale.
Innovative circus acts are unearthed as the ensemble pushes beyond acrobatics to create an exciting three-dimensional world that examines the fragility that exists between humanity and nature. In this precious ecosystem it only takes one thing to go wrong before the natural balance is lost.
Precarious unfolds through an ingenuous maze of phenomenal acrobatics, spectacular aerials, live music and physical comedy. The unique skills and talents of the Circus Oz ensemble include extraordinary foot juggling, jaw-dropping aerial rope and tippy ring, mesmerizing roué cyr, Chinese pole, and hula hoop, all hilariously woven with original music from the Circus Oz live band.
Produced by: Nightsong ,
Mr Red Light is a dramatic farce. It moves from being funny and anarchic to being a tense thriller.
It is the story of a mysterious stranger who bursts through the doors of a Jesters Pie Shop after a bungled bank robbery and takes its occupants hostage. Through the course of this tense seige, Mr Red Light changes the lives of everybody in the shop.
Mr Red Light is a trickster, a magician, but he’s also dangerous and unpredictable. As the clock counts down the tension between him and Trevor the police negotiator increases. They’ve tried to kill him with a sniper's bullet and now they’re listening through the walls.
Ultimately Mr Red Light will help us understand how beautiful and fragile life can be.
Produced by: The Conch ,
Building on the successful collaboration of the creative team of the The White Guitar The Conch returns to work with Fa’amoana Luafutu on the development of a new work A Boy Called Piano. A Boy called broke takes a step further on the journey of The White Guitar into the early sixties and Fa’amoana’s experiences in state care. At a time when the human rights commission is petitioning the government for an enquiry into the terrible abuse of children in state care Fa’amoana has chosen to speak out through a historic new play. Building on The Conch’s kaupapa of harnessing the power of theatre as a force for social change A Boy Called Piano takes us directly into the experience of thousands of Maori and Pacific children placed in state care in the 1960’s. This is not a story of private shame but one which impacts on us all since the many thousands who suffered with him have profoundly affected the course of New Zealand history. Many like Fa’amoana that have been demonised in the mainstream began life as innocent children, brutalised within a system that was supposed to be protecting and ‘correcting’ them. Following the story of three boys, one Samoan and two Maori from their first meeting at the children's court through their induction and survival at the Owairaka Boys Home it is a story which is terrifying, intensely moving and inspiring to action. Told through the raw power of physical story telling, live music at the Piana from the breathtaking talent of Mark Vanilau and The Conch's unique brand of visual magic.
Produced by: Salvatore Rossano and Santa Taranta ,
‘Sonu’ is a musical journey that celebrates Italian folk music in Australia. Beautiful songs, stories and voices from the National Library of Australia's collections come alive in this powerful, emotional and life affirming show.
Sounds (Suoni) that travel through space and time. Songs that talk about migration, love and loss, hope and life in a new country.
The project ‘Sonu’, is based on selected field recordings archived at the National Library during the past 40 years. Composer and ethnomusicologist Salvatore Rossano has researched these stories and songs, arranging them along with his own new compositions, to create a vibrant experience of Italian Folk music with a fresh twist, revealing the richness of the past and the present of Italian music in Australia.
The line up includes some of the best interpreters of Contemporary Italian Folk Music in Australia, the band Santa Taranta, led by musician, singer and band leader Salvatore Rossano, who migrated from Italy to Australia in 2014.