Guide by Ella Michele, Clare Dekuyer & Olivia De Zilva
Looking for an exciting, under-the-radar show to see for the last two remaining weeks of Fringe? We’ve got you covered with some fun ’n’ freaky suggestions to get your Fringe blood flowin’. Check the list down below.
1.NATH VALVO — I’M HAPPY FOR YOU
Providing insight into life as a gay Australian post-legalisation of same sex marriage, Nath Valvo scores high on the list of must-see comedians this Fringe season. From playing the devil’s advocate to sassy life-hacks, Valvo details everyday neuroticism while teasing those in audience making ‘good life choices’, promising that no, he really is happy for you. Tickets from $30.00 at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
2.SAM SIMMONS — 26 THINGS YOU’VE BEEN DOING WRONG WITH SAN SIMMONS
You want absurd? Sam Simmons can give you absurd. If you’ve ever felt like the fringe was missing a one-man karaoke show about some less-than-universal problems, you’re in really specific luck. Catch Sam Simmons at the Garden of Unearthly delights for some good laughs and good(ish) advice on life.
With the arrival of Fringe comes new ways to boogie your weekends away. All in the name, Massaoke is a communal karaoke show combining live music, timeless hits and a fully-stocked pop-up bar. The result? A perfect night spent with perfect company with less than pitch perfect voices. Held in the mysterious ‘Box’ venue for $27 tickets.
Australians love to claim New Zealand talent for their own: Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Rebecca Gibney (last but not least). Check out Laser Kiwi this Fringe season for some serious circus talent with the classic humour we’ve come to love from our beloved eastern cousins. Tickets from $27 at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
5.COME SAIL YOUR SHIPS — A NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
Ever feel like people just ain’t no good? You’re 2 weeks into the semester, which means you’re 2 weeks behind on lectures and there’s no turning back now. Maybe it’s time to kick back with a (glass of) red (in your) right hand, and let the melancholy of a Nick Cave song wash over you. (Warning: Melancholy not guaranteed- the show is performed with ukuleles). Playing at The Grace Emily Hotel from 12–14th of March, tickets from $25.00
6.ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WORKSHIPS
The opportunity to learn from elders of one of the world’s oldest living cultures is a stone’s throw from campus this March. Learn Pitjantjatjara phrases and storytelling, use Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques to create your own art, try ‘bush-tucker’ delicacies while learning about bush medicine, or enjoy indigenous acoustic music and dance. Bring your new tute-mates along for a midday study-break and learn from our country’s First Nations people. Playing at the Tandanya Cultural Centre till the 17th of March. Tickets from $13-$20.
7. CIRQUE ALFONSE: TABARNAK
Prepare to be confused and delighted by the acrobatic phenomenon of Cirque Alfonse. ‘Tabarnak’ is the sequel to highly acclaimed ‘Barbu’, and again showcases the group’s remix of conventional circus acrobatics. Set in Bonython Hall, the show nods to the tradition of church-going but flips worship on its head. Your senses will be assaulted by choral singing, whip-cracking, somersaulting bellboys, live music and nail biting trickery, all imbued with characteristic Alfonse daring. Playing at Bonython Hall (The University of Adelaide) from the 5th-17th of March. Tickets starting at $45.00.
8. STIRLING FRINGE
Need to escape the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s East End? Then look no further because The Stirling Fringe is the perfect antidote to the city’s March Madness. Nestled away in the greenery of The Adelaide Hills, The Stirling Fringe is a 10-day event which is set up as a ‘pocket-sized’ Garden of Unearthly Delights. With free entry, The Stirling Fringe is the perfect family day out featuring circus shows, comedy and much, much more! Address: Stirling Lawns / Piccaillyangga (Coventry Library Lawns), 63 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling, SA, 5152
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9. CRYSTAL CLUB — SPEAK EASY, DANCE HARD
Taking audiences back to the roaring 20s of years past, the Crystal Club is a dizzying of party of the biggest proportions! Sip champagne on the dance floor as the Crystal Club’s dancers lindy-hop, swing and waltz the night away. Catch the Crystal Club at the Mainstage at the Bakehouse Theatre from the 4–17th of March with tickets ranging from $10-$25.
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10. NAKED TRUTH — RHYMES WITH PURPLE
The Naked Truth explores the boundaries of social interaction and constrictions created through wearing clothes. Offering a unique and intimate experience, The Naked Truth will offer audiences the chance to talk face-to-face with a naked artist and understand how “layers” can be stripped away by stripping fabric. Winner of BankSA’s Weekly Award, this show is not to be missed due to it’s raw exploration of the human condition. It will be playing at the The park at Gluttony from the 6–17th of March with tickets ranging from $18–20.
Article edited by Olivia De Zilva.