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By Lachlan Colquhoun
In the original classic ballet These vampire-like beings exist only to
Giselle there are three minutes take their revenge on men by dancing
of hysteria which are confined them to death, but when Giselle meets
her former lover she spares him and
to the main character, but in
the two pledge their love, despite
the Australian Dance Theatre’s inhabiting different worlds which will
contemporar y interpretation separate them forever.
G all the dancers become “There’s a pre-occupation on my part
hysterical as the piece reaches with death and dying and other worlds,
its climax. with the idea of transformation and
Choreographer Garry Stewart’s bold parallel universes existing concurrent
interpretation of Giselle explores to our own,” says Stewart.
the themes of revenge, hysteria, “And these concepts of the afterlife
vulnerability and the afterlife which are key to Giselle and are tied into the
made the ballet such a success in the romantic pursuit which was popular
first part of the 19th century, but with a when the work was first performed.”
21st century twist. But while the original Giselle is
G, which is premiering at the Festival, danced to a classical score, G thumps
follows a re-working of Swan Lake to contemporary music. Although
called Birdbrain which Stewart brought there is a hint of the classical in the
to the 200 Festival. dancers’ tutus, the dancing is so
“In reworking a classic one thing contemporary and physical that an
that you are trying to do is make a injury toll has forced the re-scheduling
relationship between the original text of performances.
and contemporary aesthetics,” says Another idea Stewart explores is that of
Stewart. “anxiety,” and this manifests itself in the
“I think one of the most interesting part way that the hysteria spreads to all the
of this process is in recontextualising dancers in the second of the two acts.
the concepts to put it in the “Certainly anxiety and anxiousness is
contemporary realm, and with Giselle something that pervades our current
it’s a juicy, meaty and fleshy pursuit.” contemporary state,” said Stewart.
The story of Giselle is one of hopeless “So hysteria is not only relegated to the
love, suicide and revenge. An innocent women in G, and the men exhibit it too
village girl called Giselle falls in love and they also show vulnerability, which
with a man she thinks is a peasant, is another key theme.
only to find that he is a nobleman and “Because we have flesh, because we
already has a girlfriend. are human we are human and hysteria
This knowledge sends Giselle mad and is part of that vulnerability: to lose your
she kills herself and joins a group of grip on the rational and the logical is
otherworldly beings known as “wilis” not that far away for most of us.”
the ghosts of young women betrayed G plays at the ADT Studios, 126
by their lovers who have taken their Belair Road, Hawthorn, until
own lives. March 16.
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After winning the Melbourne When we both entered the Melbourne making people uncomfortable. And if
Comedy Festival’s RAW stand up Comedy Festival’s RAW amateur people are uncomfortable, they are too
Distribution competition, Melbourne Muslim standup competition a year ago. scared to tell us.
Maryanne Agostino comedy duo Nazeem Hussain All your jokes stem from… Do you think most of Australia is
and Aamer Rahman thought they Personal experiences growing up as
could actually do the whole Jerr y Muslims in Australia. Sometimes. Although less so since John
Rip It Up Publishing Pty Ltd Seinfeld thing. And so their Fear Fave minority group to target? Howard isn’t around to encourage that
The Adelaide Review Pty Ltd paranoia.
Of A Brown Planet begins, the We don’t target minorities, police do.
Level 8, 33 Franklin Street Your thoughts on race relations?
Adelaide SA 5000 comedy routine that talks about You guys are ver y politically
Always room for improvement. Always.
what other people are too scared incorrect…
Oh, and your English is ‘so good’…
Disclaimer to say. Taboo subjects ranging from There’s nothing incorrect about what
Opinions published in this paper Actually, it’s fantastic. I could kick your
race relations to the War On Terror we do. We had it checked, all the ass at Scrabble.
are not necessarily those of the
editor, nor the publisher. get a guernsey, as both comedians answers we have are right. Now for the hard sell – why should
All material subject to copyright. tell their side of being part of a Have you ever seen anyone leave in we pay $22 to see you?
minority group in Australia. Belinda disgust? Our show is fun, political, and unlike
Pappalardo caught up with Nazeem Never. any others on at the festival. Also, we
and Aamer to get the skinny on Have you ever crossed the line? are quite good looking.
their Fringe show. With which joke/obser vation? Fear Of A Brown Planet is on at
At what point did you decide you Not really. Our comedy is about saying The Garden Shed in the Garden Of
wanted to be a stand up comedian? things that aren’t heard, not necessarily Unearthly Delights.
SHAZZA JONES AND MIKE
RANN: IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Despite having the best seats in the house for the hottest
set in Adelaide over the weekend – catching Sharon jones
and the Dap Kings at WOmAD – it appeared mike Rann,
Bob Ellis and Vinnie Ciccarello didn’t seem to all that
impressed with the deep funksters. The Labor trio had the
front row seats on the side of stage, literally in sweating
distance from the mighty Dap Kings horn section, which
caused some jealous stares from some soul and funk fans
in the backstage area. But soon after Sharon had joined
her Dap Kings, Ellis, Rann and Ciccarello vacated stage
right. But maybe Rann and co. knew something we didn’t
because soon after they vacated Shazza pulled a dude
from that section to join her on stage for some freaky
adelaidereview.com.au dancing. If only mike had stayed there seeing him getting
onion.com.au his freak on with Sharon jones would have been worth the
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2 THE ADELAIDE FIx
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JON CLEARY by Robert Dunstan
& THE ABSOLUTE
Jon Clear y is a UK-born pianist,
singer and occasional guitarist
from Kent who has somehow found
himself in New Orleans playing
funky soul music. He and his band,
The Absolute Monster Gentlemen,
were in Australia late last year
where they recorded a soon to be
released live album, Mo’ Hippa, at
Sydney’s legendar y The Basement
nightclub and they are now touring
the countr y again.
Jon, who has worked with Taj Mahal,
Bonnie Raitt, BB King and Ryan Adams
to name but a few, used to venture to
Australia in solo mode back in the early
“And then I kind of got a bit busy in the
US so I stopped touring Australia. But,
yeah, I was pretty regular for a while.
And it’s getting that way again now with
Jon became a member of Bonnie Raitt’s
touring and recording outfit after
working with the legendary US blues
musician and vocalist on a couple of
“We’ve made a few records together something with a band in Sydney?’ out at Jackie’s place because I felt much “Cornell Williams, the bass player,
and toured the world a couple of times. And I said, ‘Gee, it’s very hard to find more at home there than in a hotel. actually comes out to Australia a lot
We’ve got another tour coming up in people, even in the US, who can play We’d just hang out, cook some meals, these days as he plays with [Australian
July so, in the meantime, I’m doing as New Orleans music properly because tell jokes and listen to music. He was singer songwriter] Belinda Butler.
much as I can with the Monster Gents. it’s not enough to just be a very good a great teacher and he influenced two Derwin Perkins – who is better known
There’s no such thing as time off these musician. You need to have the right generations of musicians.” as Big D – is the guitar player and
days because I’m always juggling things inflections to play that kind of music’. Jon says that one of the things he most the newest member is the drummer,
around.” And then he told me that Jackie was enjoys about touring Australia is the Eddie Christmas. They are all church
The Monster Gents’ live album, Mo’ a Hungarian-born bass player and I audiences. musicians, as are a lot of the musicians
Hippa, is dedicated to the memory of thought, ‘No way is that going to work “They really get it. I get a lot of from New Orleans, but church
Sydney musician Jackie Orszaczky, who out.’ But Jackie was just phenomenal. I musicians coming along to the gigs and musicians from New Orleans are pretty
died recently. was just blown away. afterwards you invariably get chatting funky. And they are all great players and
“The sad news [Jackie’s passing] came “And later I ended up doing some about music. And Jackie’s name often we have a lot of fun doing what we do.”
in just as I was doing the artwork for shows with Jackie in Europe and a comes up as an influence. It’s like when Jon Clear y & The Absolute Monster
the new record,” Jon sighs. “I’m going couple of gigs fell through so we drove I first moved to New Orleans and I Gentlemen play SoCo Cargo in
to miss that guy. The first time I came from Vienna to Budapest and he gave learnt from a lot of the older cats.” Rundle Pk’s Garden Of Unearthly
to Australia to do some solo stuff, the me a guided tour. And whenever I’d Jon’s band have been together for a Delights at 10.30pm on Wed Mar
promoter said, ‘Do you want to do come to Australia I used to just crash number of years. 12 and Thu Mar 13.
If you could do any job here at the garden, Conservative, but the best place to be in Feb.
what would you do? If you could do any job here at the garden,
(Chopper) I would be the Fidel Castro of Yiros what would you do?
sales. I would be the Silent Disco DJ.
Silent disco – yay or nay?
Yay – definitely a highlight of this fuckin’ garden.
ChRIS mCDONALD, hEATh
“ChOPPER” FRANKLIN & LORI.
Highlights so far?
Dodgem cars and spontaneous interviews by the jImEOIN KATE, jULIA, ShANE & jOSh
If you weren’t here to perform – would you Highlights so far? Highlight so far?
visit Adelaide? Meeting all of the lovely ladies. Tom Tom Club, Cookie baker, Corn on the Cob
Of course, I mean the clipsal bogans you get here What are you doing here right now? and La Clique
are a real tourist attraction Well, I came to make people laugh and now I’m What are you here for?
The craziest outfit you’ve have seen? wandering around, lost. Sex, drinking and festival fun.
A man dressed in green lycra trying to be a frog, How would you describe Adelaide to Craziest outfit you’ve seen tonight?
and Jimeoin. someone who has never been here? The Cowboy
4 THE ADELAIDE FIx
OUT & ABOUT
by Robert Dunstan
Canadian comic Tom Stade, who’s
here to perform in Best Of The Ed
Fest as part of Adelaide Fringe 2008,
is hardly staid.
In fact, his confrontational brand of
comedy has incurred the wrath of
a patron who immediately reported
him to the authorities about a joke
Tom does about Alzheimer’s Disease.
“I’d forgotten how PC some people
in Adelaide can be,” Tom spat as he
almost, but not quite, lit the wrong
end of his cigarette. “What did Lenny
Bruce achieve if I’m in danger of
having a joke pulled from my show?”
But Tom, who says he just does what
he does, isn’t too concerned about
having the local police pull him off.
“It’ll just be more publicity,” he
laughs, “so I kinda hope it happens.”
I must have heard Tom’s Alzheimer’s
Disease joke on opening night but
I’ve totally forgotten what is was now.
Best Of The Edinburgh Festival
continues at the Governor
Hindmarsh from Tuesdays until
Sundays until Sun Mar 16 at
7.30pm. Friday and Saturday
evening’s comedy shows are
followed by The Late Show
featuring a smorgasbord of comic
talent at 10pm.
6 THE ADELAIDE FIx
dish Gotta love a BATH BOY BACK
ON DECK You can listen to Hans
thE dirt bit of a goss! Last week I mentioned that David
“Dish The Dirt” on Nova
919 every morning with
With Here are the O’Mer, better known as the Bath Boy Fitzy, Jules and Lisa. Make
from La Clique, had to pull out of a
latest Fringe few shows because of an injury. Well
the good news for everyone is that
sure you check out Hans’
Fringe show “The Showpony
whispers from he is back in action. Young David was
replaced for six shows by Christy
Tour” on every Wed, Thurs
around town. Shelper who has worked for Cirque du
Soleil in the past as an acrobat. Even
If you have though he may be better, my offer to
nurse Bath Boy still stands – I want to
any more let make that very clear. au or www.
me know - SILENCE IS
919.com.au Well finally – I’ve done it. On Sunday
night I took the plunge and went in the
Silent Disco. Like you could stop me.
If you haven’t been in yet – DO IT. It
is the best $10 you can spend at the
Fringe. Well ok maybe not the best, but
definitely one of the top 30 best things
to do at the Fringe.
MUST GO ON
This week is the final week of my
glittering cabaret spectacular- The
Showpony Tour. Three final shows have
been added for Wednesday the 12th,
Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th.
If you miss out, there will be one pissed
off German – and we all know how that
welcome to the Promethean’s spectacular 2008 Fringe Festival
Variety Cavalcade with three weeks of non-stop
music The Idea of North
- International capella quartet.
The Late Show with
- Mike Stewart Big Band
- jazz with a cool world vibe
cabaret Hiptones - Blues, Roots Jazz
from the Fabulous Hiptones
Urban Jazz Quartet
- Über cool jazz
- Sassy Musical Cabaret
at 116 Grote Street, Adelaide
22 February to 16 March 2008
For session times and ticket prices please see I Might be Edgar Allan Poe Adam Page Solo - Winner
www.thepromethean.com.au, Fringe Guide or - black comedy drama of the 2007 Adelaide Fringe
Award for Best Music by an
book through FringeTIX 1300 374 643.
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wITH THOSE IN
NEED OF A FIx
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on the weekend and asked
anyone he could find just how
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“My fix is festivals. Being the Director
Smile Off Your Face!” of the Adelaide Fringe is only one a
year; prior to this I had four a year.
Now just the one is totally doing it for
me. That and walking around seeing an
audience come out of a show!”
“I have two 25 year old boys living with
me at the moment. That’s pretty good.
And they cooked me breakfast this ELISE SARAh
morning, those Elbow Skin lads. I also
have a bath in my apartment if bath-boy
is looking for somewhere to rehearse!”
“Laughing with my girlfriends and
totally appreciating their random
“Being blindfolded at Smile Off Your
Face. Confronting, but well worth it:
like a therapy session.”
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10 THE ADELAIDE FIx
thE adElaidE FiX’s
hot PiCKs For
AUSOm POWERS -
LOS mOjO REVUE ThE GARDEN OF UNEARThLy
DELIGhTS - ThE PUPPET WOyzECK
SARAh’S CAFé PALACE RON SEXSmITh
10.30Pm 9Pm FRINGE FACTORy ThEATRE -
FOWLER’S LIVE ThE TEA ROOm
If you like to swing to the beat of 60s Six super short shows in one! Starring 8.30Pm 10.30Pm
music and have mind altering moments, six emerging Australian Puppeteers. Six
then this fun, solo, magic-comedy show Pack is hip, satirical, irreverent, witty Elton John says Sexsmith has the voice This new adaptation of Büchner’s 1836
is the grooviest on planet earth. and fun. ‘Gijan - The Yellow Man’ Conor of an angel. His sparkling collection working-class tragedy is Woyzeck’s own
A groovy and swinging time suitable Fox. ‘Misbehaving notation’ Michael of songs range in tone from sad to cathartic autobiography; a lush, surreal,
for all ages, afternoons for family and Bevitt. ‘The Fouth Dementia’ Chris surreal, melancholy to magical. Other psychological re-imagining of a classic
nights for adults. Mind you, with ‘mind Willoughby. ‘Tea for One’ Jenny Ellis. massively-famous admirers include text. A powerful, reflexive, critically
altering moments’ and a kick off time of ‘The Duel’ Beth McMahon. ‘Cast Away’ Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bono, Elvis engaged performance work. Get some
10.30pm, perhaps the wee ones can be Leonie Van Eyk. Interesting fun in a Costello. Why all the love? It’s simple: old-school culture before the Fringe
left at home for this? 40-minute window. great songs sung with genuine soul. wraps up.
39 Hindmarsh Square
Choose from Mon - Fri:
12 noon to late
3 cocktails Sat: 5 pm to late
3 small plates for $10 each
THE ADELAIDE FIx 11
thE adElaidE FiX’s
hot PiCKs For
CAT ON A hOT TIN 7Pm
Kommer traces the intersecting paths of
hER mAjESTy’S ThEATRE six people as they respond to the news
8Pm of the death of a loved one. For the first
half of the show, we witness their acute ShORT ORDER
This searing Pulitzer Prize-winning grief as they try to give and receive
jON CLEARy ImPRO
drama is set in a sleek, modernist cage comfort by saying words wellmeant
of mendacity woven around money, but, at the same time, misplaced and
ThE GARDEN OF UNEARThLy LA BOhEmE
family, greed, sex and mortality. clichéd. Seamlessly, in the second DELIGhTS - SOCO CARGO 9.30Pm
Truth eludes the grasp of all except, half, the play is replaced by a film that 10.30Pm
perhaps, the ever-watchful buzzard follows the ‘real’ lives of these people Melbourne’s masters of improvised
in the physical cage hovering above after the curtain has dropped. We Jon Cleary is a triple threat-with a salty- comedy return with a roster including
– a startling image and metaphor voyeuristically trace them discovering sweet voice, masterful piano skills, the Crew’s finest, plus special guest
for our times. With extraordinary their individual stories and private pain. and a knack for coupling infectious comedians! A different show every
performances and the bold stage Using few words, precise physicality, grooves with melodic hooks and sharp night with all your favourite games,
aesthetic and imaginative conception and humour, Kommer captures lyrics. His live shows are an explosive plus the Crew’s own acclaimed formats.
for which the Schaubühne is renowned, the sadness and accompanying funk party mixing old school soul The venue is also worth checking out
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof enables Adelaide awkwardness inherent in these with the rhythms of New Orleans. An if you haven’t already done so, it’s full
to more deeply explore its relationship moments, and reflects with uncanny interesting diversion from the hectic of character. Another title said this
with one of the most lauded theatre truth the human community in times of late night antics the last two weeks have was one of the best ways to wrap up an
ensembles in the Festival’s history. grief and stress. visited upon us. evening of the Fringe.
Adelaide Bank and the Festival,
transforming our community
with light, life and energy.
12 THE ADELAIDE FIx
AN IRISh jOKE
TALBOT hOTEL (SALOON BAR),
SAT mAR 8
What a lovely way to spend an evening;
looking on as three fellows enjoy a
drink and a bit of craic after closing
time at the pub. Episodes from this
late-night session are punctuated with
bicycle-oriented reminiscences of the
town constable as he goes about his
business, ensuring all is well. Chris
John’s adaptation of the writings of
Flann O’Brien make for an entertaining,
thoughtful and often funny portrayal of
front bar philosophy, after hours, on a
cold winter’s night in Dublin. The four
actors acquit themselves very well; the
conversation is natural, the drinking,
singing and playing are all skilfully
interwoven. The beautiful rendition
WEARING AWAy life and the secret life. Each life
ebbed and flowed into each other but
of The Parting Glass is a wonderful OUR LIPS remained singular. This is dramatised
moment in what is an entirely enjoyable VIVA FUNCTION CENTRE, FRI in the scene where the actors try on
performance all around. mAR 7 and take off their coloured top. It is
An Irish Joke continues at Talbot Sandy Werner as if they are finding their identity.
Hotel at various times until St During the middle part of the dance
Patrick’s Day, Mon Mar 17. This superbly crafted and intense a video was played showing obscure
performance was captivating and clips of the girls. I assumed the
poignant. Without words, three trapped ‘secret life’ got into drugs
beautiful women danced and gyrated because she had a wild and frantic
mURDER IN ThE barons and King Henry II are at odds
with the holy Archbishop and the
the fickle but fierce ups and downs leap about and then died, much to
CAThEDRAL church at large leads towards a tragic
of life, of passion, of self. Each player
represented different aspects of our
the sadness of the other two selves.
A very enjoyable and expressive
ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S CAThOLIC
end suggested by the title. There are lives… the public life, the private performance.
CAThEDRAL, ThU mAR 6
plenty of twists and turns along the
way, as the tale is told from a number
The big old Catholic cathedral of
of perspectives. There’s some superb 1984 of the future is at once chilling in
this rendition, with certain concepts
acting taking place, with the heavily hOLDEN STREET ThEATRES,
Adelaide forms the ethereal set for presented reflecting reality perhaps a
this adaptation of TS Elliot’s Murder poetic dialogue that drives this one ThU mAR 6 little too closely for comfort! Ultimately
In The Cathedral, and is particularly along being spoken so eloquently. This Luke Balzan dealing with totalitarian control over
enchanting for this poetic masterpiece. one’s definitely a sheer poetic delight
people’s minds and wills and breaking
The play is set in 12th century England, and another triumph for Therry. Just Orwell’s infamous tale of despair and the human spirit, Nineteen-Eighty-
where the one-time somewhat corrupt get there early to get a close seat destruction in the wake of totalitarian Four was gripping literature in its day.
Catholic Archbishop Of Canterbury and best position yourself for the regime gets a new lease on life from Adaptations such as this demonstrate
Thomas Becket has returned to his Cathedral’s interesting acoustics. this young troupe of actors, talented that it still retains relevance today, and
homeland after being exiled due to his Murder In The Cathedral beyond their years. The minimalist is every bit as emotive, thrilling and
‘discovery’ of God late in his priestly continues at St Francis Xavier’s set is put to good use, with cold shocking as always. This is certainly a
career. A tale of political intrigue as Catholic Cathedral at various times industrialism conveyed simply yet fine piece of work from a fine upcoming
the wishes and intentions of the land until Sat Mar 15. very effectively. The bleak outlook company of actors.
THE ADELAIDE FIx 13
my yEAR WIThOUT Jessica Gerger transform instantly
from Tickletext to her exasperated
SEX counterparts with just a change of body
ThE COURThOUSE, ThU mAR 6 language or facial nuance. One second
Jenny Smith Gerger is Tickletext raving about the
dangers of pre-marital kissing; the next
Performer Jessica Gerger pulls off this she’s a snooty Italian waiter - equally
cleverly scripted solo performance exasperated but at the hapless customer
perfectly. It’s a fun scenario where the he finds before him. Full marks to all
recently widowed Winifred Tickletext involved for their professionalism in
travels Europe comparing all and this delightful journey. This is one case
sundry to the way things are done where the heart grows quite fond of this
back home in Britain. The disdainful lady’s abstinence.
Tickletext endures humiliation My Year Without Sex continues
and harassment on the course of at Courthouse at 8pm until Sun
her journey. It’s a delight to see Mar 16.
ThE SmILE OFF and S&M spring to mind, there’s a lot
more to this show. As you get wheeled TOmmy DEAN – and living in Australia for the past
yOUR FACE around the room and are subjected to SOmEWhERE IN 16 years, feels that the fact that he’s
too lazy to fill out the Naturalisation
FRINGE FACTORy ThEATRE, a number of ‘stations’, incidents and
events, the entire experience is surreal.
BETWEEN forms should perfectly qualify him
ThU mAR 6 RhINO ROOm, SAT mAR 8 as an Aussie! He shares his love
Luke Balzan While being deprived of your senses,
Catherine Blanch of Aussie Rules and cricket, his
particularly sight, may at the outset
seem daunting, stressful and downright confusion at rugby and the joys of
I’ve seen a great many Fringe shows Tommy Dean politely declined an being a stay at home dad. Tommy
scary, the experience actually left me
in my time, but this one, which I feeling an ensuing sense of peace and offer to have his sleeves cut off sees the lighter side of tragedy, is
discovered by accident, has got to be relaxation. Ironically, without my sight, and his jeans made into a pair of funny without the need to swear and
one of the very best! The concept seems I was somehow enlightened! Definitely shorts, telling the audience that he is intelligent yet non-conformist.
rather bizarre: rather than attending a a brilliant show; check it out before it felt more comfortable performing Some great laughs to be had at this
show, you actively become involved in completely sells out! fully dressed, although he admitted show!
the show. On arriving, you are seated in The Smile Off Your Face continues he was sweltering in the heat wave. Tommy Dean continues at Rhino
a wheelchair, blindfolded, and have your at Fringe Factory Theatre at various Tommy, an American happily married Room at 8.30pm until Sat Mar 15.
hands tied up; while images of bondage times until Sun May 16.
14 THE ADELAIDE FIx
thE FiX mARImBA SOIREE audience with their various personal
styles and range of percussion
ThE GARAGE INTERNATIONAL,
sounds. The collaborative work on
ThU mAR 6
the marimba and the vibraphone was
Kathryn Barclay and Edel Perth
a sound sensation. The venue left a
The Marimba is such a beautiful lot to be desired with the clattering
instrument and to hear it played of cutlery and coins from downstairs,
PUPPETRy OF by very talented and charismatic but it did not take away from the
ThE PENIS: RES- guys made for a wonderful musicianship. Check these guys out
ERECTION TOUR experience. This performance was an
international event from the College
before they become famous.
Marimba Soiree continues at
ROyALTy ThEATRE, ThU mAR 6
Of Fine Arts, University Of Nevada, Garage International at 10pm
with their students delighting the until Fri Mar 14.
If it wasn’t for the charm of
founding member, Simon Morley,
and supreme cheekiness of new
WE COULD LIVE CONFESSIONS OF
puppeteer, Dan Speed, this show hERE A CULTURAL SPy
may qualify for an ‘R’ rating and WhAT A DISh!, ThU mAR 6 ThE GARAGE INTERNATIONAL,
be deemed somewhat per verse. David Robinson WED mAR 5
However, believe it or not, there Jennifer Stokes
is nothing sexual about this show, Perhaps this is a meditation on getting
except for the fact that sexual away from it all without leaving your From the moment Mark Johnson
organs are twisted and squashed room; quite possibly it is something walks on stage with ribbons hanging
into shapes that are totally hilarious else entirely. Nevertheless, We Could out of his pockets and fly, you know
and so, so wrong! The boys’ world Live Here is an enjoyable 50-minute that you’re in for a classic Fringe
renown ‘dick tricks’ include highly rollercoaster. Karina Smith and Bron performance. At 60 minutes long, his
Batten have combined a series of impassioned, schizophrenic monologue
disturbing ‘installations’ such
loosely related pieces and attempted purports to unpack the difference
as the dick-eridoo, hamburger
to weave a thread through them. The between Americans and Europeans
(100% Aussie beef, folks!) and the
differing personalities of the characters in the interests of greater cultural
theatrical passing of the Olympic
are well-projected. The show moves understanding. In reality, he observes a
flame. A must-see show! Go for a
along quickly in terms of dialogue few mundane differences between the
giggle and be astonished at their
and action, and there’s a puppet show! Swiss and residents of the USA before
flexibility! You’ll also never be able
Props are used imaginatively, and all the moving into an increasingly esoteric
to view Star Wars the same way after
sound and lighting is managed by the discussion of the difficulties of accurately
the ‘Yoda’ experience! performers. On the evening I attended, representing another people. Confessions
the volume of the recorded soundtrack Of A Cultural Spy then segues into an
interfered with the words being spoken eccentric Art History lesson, by way of
but these things are easily fixed. Good an existential discussion, delivered with
fun and very Fringe. a humour so subtle it’s easily missed.
We Could Live Here continues at His ponderings on the possibilities of
What a Dish!, 89 O’Connell St at using an old-fashioned camera to capture
7.30pm until Sat Mar 15. emotional clouds served to confuse
rather than enlighten the audience.
Even the 35-degree heat didn’t halt his
FLUTE TRAVELLER enthusiastic delivery, but the audience
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Songs swell like stories from forests, WhEATShEAF hOTEL, ThU mAR 6
villages, old times… Suffering the fond Rosie van Heerde
delusions of jet lag, Ron Korb plays
woodwind instruments from many parts The funniest moments in this show
of the world, gliding with ease through were actually provided by Rundle
Japanese, Celtic and Indian modes and Mall shoppers during a vox pop-style
scales. Pre-recorded backing music on film segment shown at the start of the
some songs features ancient Chinese evening. Anthony Juha (pronounced
and Indian instrumentation. Solo songs Yoo-ha) presents a show outlining one
blow clarion notes, calling from the lawyer’s trials and tribulations from
mountains. Like small birds, his fingers Sydney to Port Kemble to Redfern
twitter and flutter above. In a show of and back again. There are moments
skilful musicianship, embrasure and of interest – one can’t avoid the sexual
breath control, the artist plays soprano, strangulation scene – however for the
Chinese, bass and Cambodian flutes. most part the show lacked rhythm and
Songs of bravery and tragedy delivered at times didn’t seem to even have much
in poignant and wistful tones. Clever point. There were a couple of giggles,
lighting for dramatic effect. The artist even a few extended chuckles, but
creates two shadows, the hero and the nothing that could produce a decent
dead. Soothing bass flute. An Irish jig belly laugh. Worth a visit just to check
for encore. out the groovy beer/wine list at the bar.
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Sketch comedy theatre troupe
by David Knight
is it totally different to The Glass
Pig Island are making their debut Boat?
appearance at The Adelaide Fringe It’s different as it is one story. We’ve
with their show The Glass Boat. done lots of different stories kind of
Written and performed by the three connected lets try to do one story, wow.
members of Pig Island (they even But it’s the same sense of humour and
make their own costumes) The the same people doing it.
Fix spoke to one of the members Was it difficult for you guys to write
Claudia O’Doherty. a long stor y but keep that same
You have been doing the show The humour?
Glass Boat for a while? A little bit. At first when we sat down for
We first did it in January in Sydney in a long time we were freaking out about
2007 in a tiny theatre there, and then what the story would be and came up
we took it to the Melbourne Comedy with something really complicated.
Festival last year. But we haven’t done it Then we just realised it was important
since then. We haven’t done it for a year to have something ridiculously simple
but we’re pretty excited, and wondering story and then you hang your sense of
if we’ll remember our lines. humour and develop something from a
So how come you’ve decided to very simple base.
bring the show back after a year? How long has Pig Island been
We’ve got a new show we’re doing
We met in University and we did plays
for Melbourne but we really wanted
with Nick and he wrote there, and then
to make Adelaide a part of what we
the first show we did writing together
do. So we thought we’d start from the
was The Glass Boat in January 2007.
beginning and bring our first show Was this the show you took to New
here. York as well or was that a different
I’ve read reviews and the press show?
releases but I still have no idea That was a different one that was the
what the show is about, so can you one that Nick wrote that was called The
explain it to me? October Sapphire.
It’s basically a very, very odd sketch Did the humour translate well to
show. So, any effort to describe it America when you took the show to
makes it sound ridiculous because New York?
we tackle the important issues like One of the things that was really
giant talking frogs and babysitting worrying was that I played an American
and zombies, which makes it sound character and I was just pretty worried
ridiculous. In a way that is true, it is because I thought people might be a bit
ridiculous, but it’s just a really odd angry. People seemed to really like it,
show. so it was fine and some of them thought want to keep doing what’s fun for us. that but we don’t have any money.
I read one review that said its like I was American and it didn’t occur to And for the moment that’s doing hour- Because there are three of us as well it
channel surfing a bunch of situation them that I wouldn’t be, so it was good long theatre shows. We’d like to do little will cost many thousands of dollars. So,
comedies in a parallel universe, is they were receptive. films or whatever but were not crazily unless we get picked up by some big
that an accurate description? For the future are you going to keep ambitious we just want to keep doing time producer, no we won’t be going to
I guess you could say that, except you working on shows together or go for our stupid things. Edinburgh.
would say an excellent situation comedy a show on TV? Have you got plans to go to The Glass Boat is on at SoCo Cargo
[laughs]. I mean ideas like that have been tossed Edinburgh this year or next year? in the Garden Of Unearthly Delights
The new show you’re working on, around but I think for the moment we We would love to do something like at 7.30pm until Sat Mar 15.
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by Scott McLennan
If you’ve come for jokes about It’s hard to tell if you have an How comfortable are you with your under-informed, poorly engaged point-
drinking yourself into a stupor or inferiority complex or superiority followers? missing masquerading as critique.
how crazy chicks are, you’ve come complex. I wouldn’t call them followers, to be Both positive and negative. I have had
to the wrong place. British comic I have neither of those things. Like honest. I’m slowly building an audience some blindingly positive reviews that
Daniel Kitson offers far more than most people I have moments of which is generally lovely and receptive irk me as much, if not more, than some
most of the mundane fools who insecurity and moments of confidence, to me doing and trying new or different negative ones. Because the point is
dare to call themselves comedians, I have people that intimidate me and things. There is a part of me that feels missed and one’s work is represented
but that’s why we love him. His people that I fear not. that audiences are only as dim as the wrongly and damagingly by someone
philosophies are both wretchedly Since you’re known for your acidity, comedian lets them be. It’s certainly more interested in displaying
witty and distinctly original, giving when you write ‘Stay Strong, Stay not always true but I think sometimes their towering intellect than being
his audience more to ponder than Proud’ on your website it’s hard to the audiences are blamed for the lazy understood.
lowbrow jokes about beer and know whether you’re taking the piss dullard nonsense that is coming from How often do you take a side of
aeroplane food. Appearing at the or not. comedians. But my stuff is hardly an argument you don’t agree with
Adelaide Fringe in two separate I think it’s pretty clear that when I searingly intellectual. It’s my desire to simply as a bit of a challenge?
shows, The Fix attempted to find out write that I am being ridiculous. It’s be understood rather than clever. I don’t. I did at university, but I was a
what makes this gifted comic tick. a ludicrous thing to say. That doesn’t Do your critics and reviewers ever dick then.
When you’re on stage you don’t mean there is no truth in it, but it is get it right? Daniel Kitson performs The
suffer fools gladly. quite clearly a joke. I think most people There have been times when reviews Impotent Fury Of The Privileged
I’ll suffer fools gladly enough, self- are fine with conceiving where I’m have pointed me in a slightly clearer at Royalty Theatre at 9pm until Sun
importance and rudeness is given coming from to be honest. I don’t think direction, making me articulate myself Mar 16 and The Ballad Of Rodger
slightly shorter shrift. But the others are as perplexed as you seem to a little clearer, and pointing out how And Grace at Theatre Bosco at
foolish are okay, as long as they have be. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m a things can be misunderstood. But 3.30pm from Tue Mar 11 to Sat
compassion in their silly hearts. riddle to many. there is an endless slurry of lazy, Mar 15.
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BEE-TRIP’S ART PICKS
Fringe isn’t all about corn, comedians and cacks. It’s about art
mediums, collections, exhibitions and narratives too. So make sure
you get behind the local and international artists each displaying their
respective artwork in and around various venues throughout this
wonderful festival city we call Adelaide…
By day 26-year-old Adele Booth choice to either post them back, ignore
wINE – PRESENTED works in a Post Office as a parcel them, keep them or throw them in
BY SIx PACK sorter. By night she studied the bin. Quite surprisingly most of
WhEATShEAF hOTEL sculpture at AC arts. And now? them came back. It was like loosing a
FRONT BAR She’s displaying her Post Building purse or wallet and having it returned,
Project, involving canvas-sewn something that reaffirmed my belief in
39 GEORGE STREET
ThEBARTON wOOD SHOw envelopes and debris from general public goodwill.
TS GALLERy Adelaide’s built environment, Your art mainly features...
As part of the Adelaide Fringe 2008, 22 CURRIE ST, and the postal ser vice. Adele Things collected from the streets, bits
endeavours to insert art into public of rubbish and debris. It also represents
the Sixpack artists return to the ADELAIDE places, in turn reaching new and an action undergone by someone else.
Wheatsheaf Hotel to present another
unsuspecting audiences. Belinda At the moment I’m into postal art, but
of their intoxicating inspirations – Artists Fredrock, Store and Benzo
make art from wood. Pappalardo caught up with the I’m always looking for new ways to
wine! Opens Mon Mar 3.
Concludes Sat Mar 29 artistic genius. incorporate art into the cityscape and
Concludes Mon Mar 31
communicate with strangers.
How’s the art exhibition going? If you weren’t an artist you’d be...
We are having a good response from Well, some kind of guitar god I guess.
the public, many kids are coming to see I always thought I was destined for
it. Also lots of support from older ladies musical greatness until I realised that I
which is great for a contemporary show. couldn’t sing in key.
Describe your art... Best fringe show so far?
My art is about interacting with The installation of collected junk at
people in public spaces. It is about the fringe factory is really special, also
creating a situation in which people there is a collection of shopping lists in
are encouraged to participate in the Gays Arcade that took many years to
work. In The Post Building Project I complete. I like to see the work of other
hid envelopes around the city streets, artists who are more mad and obsessive
and people who found them had the than myself.
josh is 20. he won the
ﬁne Northern Italian food 2005 RAW Comedy
performed at the
Edinburgh Fringe and
Festivals, been seen
Cnr Wakeﬁeld on Sideshow (ABC)
and Hutt Streets and Stand-up Australia
ADELAIDE (comedychannel) and
Ph. 8227 0961 heard on Triple j.
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thE SHIT TO
KATALYST AT THE
PERSIAN GARDEN ON THU
Getting behind the decks at the
Persian Garden is none other
than Oz hip hop’s funkiest soul
head Katalyst. Anyone who
has seen Katalyst DJ will know
they are in for a safe journey
of the finest hip, soul and funk
toonage. Check Katalyst on Thu
Mar 13 with LABJACD and DJ
TROY J BEEN
The Persian Garden’s official in crowds are pretty open to whatever Nickodemus Feat Tempo & the Candela
house DJ Troy J Been is in The vibe you lay down? Allstars. TOM MIDDLETON AT THE
Onion Fix’s hot seat today. The Festivals, particularly those that are What tune is the one you always PERSIAN GARDEN FRI
well-dressed DJ, whose threads ‘arts’-driven, seem to attract a broad- seem to drop when the dancefloor MAR 14
are almost as cool as his record minded crowd looking for a real taste isn’t moving? On this page you would have
collection, will be spinning most of culture. They’re happy to delve deep I’m generally getting cats up with Latin read that Troy J Been is excited
nights at the Persian Garden (when below the surface to find something vibes these days, so I’d say Pavlov & about seeing this English
it is open) this week. challenging, yet engaging. The Persian Mishkin’s Rata Del generally does the DJ work his way around the
How has the Persian Garden been Garden is a perfect example of that – trick – it’s such an addictive groove! decks. well The Onion Fix
travelling this year? cats are groovin’ to musicians and DJs What other acts you keen to see shares Troy’s enthusiasm, as
It’s been super cool! Despite initial they’ve never heard of. The setting and this festival season? Middleton’s upcoming set at
grumbles from those who loved the the vibe is so cool, you can’t help but There’s been so much incredible stuff the Persian Garden will be the
get down! It’s a great mix of people too, to see already this season. Just recently, perfect night for anyone who
setting of the Garden in 2006 before
and they’ve all got one thing in common Nickodemus, the Bamboos, Mark de loves beats, no matter your
they’d seen the new location, the move
– open minds. It’s such a pleasure to Clive-Lowe, Mo Horizons, Sharon Jones genre preference.
to the Festival Centre Ampitheatre
share the music with them. & the Dap-Kings, but I’m really hangin’
certainly hasn’t dampened anyone’s
What five records never leave your to see Tom Middleton do his thing.
spirits. It’s been a really special vibe,
record box/CD case or whatever His taste is so diverse and I’ve heard
especially with these hot, sticky nights If you have any club related Fringe
new DJ technology has been so much about his ability to seamlessly
we’ve been having. The audience is and Festival Of Arts news you want
invented? move between varying tempos and
elevated and completely surrounding to share with The Onion Fix email
These five refuse to budge from my box: genres. He’s a genuine music lover and
the main stage, so there’s not a bad seat <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Barbwire - Sono Rhizmo such a lovely guy too. I won’t be leavin’
in the house – particularly if you secure Shimmy Shimmy Ya - Taggy Matcher until I get kicked out that night!
one of those ‘pods’ – but you’ve gotta Supreme Illusion (Nickodemus Remix) - Catch Troy J Been at The Persian
get in early! And, it’s so accessible too Thievery Corporation Garden on Fri Mar 14 with Tom
– just $7 to see Billy Cobham!?! There’s The Way We Lived (Benji Remix) - Wax Middleton and Mark Walton and
just no excuse not to check it out.
Do you find the Persian Garden
Tailor Feat Sharon Jones
Mi Swing Es Tropical - Quantic &
Sat Mar 15 with Soma Rosa and
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