Cabaret Fringe

Celebrating with a Splash


me-n-me-matesSplash Theatre Company is celebrating Henry Lawson’s birthday with two shows in June – one for the kids and one for the adults.

Lawson, born 17 June, 1867, is Australia’s most popular short story writer. In fact most critics would agree that he is Australia’s best short story writer and the one in whose writing there is the richest, most varied and complete picture of Australian life in the “roaring days”.

One of Lawson’s best known and most popular comic stories, The Loaded Dog, has plenty of action and humour to engage and entertain young audiences, aged 5 and up. Running approximately 35 minutes, it is a uniquely Australian story and an explosive tale about three gold miners and their dog Tommy. When Tommy steals a stick of explosives and it ignites as he runs past the campfire, mayhem and chaos follow.

Previously performed in Victorian libraries, these will be the first SA performances of The Loaded Dog. Presented by Chris John who is also known for Mr Badger tells the story of The Wind in the Willows in over 200 venues across Australia.

For older audiences, Splash Theatre Company’s Cabaret Fringe Festival offering celebrates Australian language and humour in Me ‘n Me Mates: songs, jokes, yarns, and tall stories from our colourful past, spun in a relaxed atmosphere over a drink or two.

Me ‘n Me Mates is an irreverent but always affectionate look at many of the things we hold to be Australian, comprising bush ballads, songs and yarns by some of Australia’s best writers including Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and others.

Performed with energy and verve by Peter Michell, Chris John and Lachy Bruce, this innovative, entertaining and thought-provoking show will hit the road after the Cabaret Fringe Festival with a tour to Port Lincoln, Renmark, Victor Harbor, Bordertown, Port Pirie and the Northern Territory.

The Loaded Dog
All tickets: $6 each (family of 4,  $20)
Bookings: Phone: 8277 7293
When: Saturday 15 June at 11.30am
Where: Folk Federation of SA, Irish Harp Room, Prospect Town Hall, 126 Prospect Rd, Prospect
When: Sunday 16 June at 11.30am
Where: Holden Street Theatres Foyer, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh

Me ‘n Me Mates
When: Cabaret Fringe Festival, 23 June at 3pm & 5pm
Where: TheWhitmore Hotel, Whitmore Square Adelaide
Tickets: $15-$25
Bookings: Cabaret Fringe Festival website

Me ‘n Me Mates Tour Dates
Bookings: Contact the Splash Theatre Company

  • 08 August – Port Lincoln
  • 17-25 August – Northern Territory
  • 25 August – Renmark
  • 01 October – Victor Harbor
  • 03 October – Bordertown
  • 25 October – Port Pirie


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