The team behind Royal Croquet Club (RCC) is extremely pleased to announce that it will return to the Riverbank for Adelaide Fringe 2018.
Situated at Adelaide’s famous Pinky Flat / Tarnda Womma, RCC will again be a Fringe mainstay on the Riverbank, boasting a brilliant international program featuring local and Australian performers as well as acts from Ethiopia, the US, Ireland and UK.
“Having the RCC continue as a staple of the Adelaide Fringe has always been a goal of ours, so to be able to announce that it is back for the 2018 season is tremendous. I’m very excited to release what we’ve been working on and what’s different in 2018 for all Fringe lovers,” said co-founder, Stuart Duckworth.
“Since we started, the RCC has had overwhelmingly positive feedback and we’ve entertained more than a million people, so we’re determined to create another brilliant event for Fringe audiences.
“For 2018, we’ve curated a program full of some of the activations that Adelaide has grown to know and love – live music, physical circus, theatre and comedy – plus a whole lot of new shows and great artists, which will all be encompassed by a whole new look and feel,” Stuart said.
Fittingly, one of the RCC’s showcase acts will be Adelaide’s own Gravity & Other Myths, the internationally renowned circus ensemble who will be bringing back their smash hit – A Simple Space.
“The show and the company are amazing – it’s no wonder it has won so many awards – and these guys were part of the very first RCC in Victoria Square. They helped solidify my love for the performing arts, so it’s very humbling to have them come back, bigger and better,” Stuart said.
Another key attraction will be the Big River Motel, an experiential outdoor concert series which will host an array of international and Australian headliners, along with key bespoke performances from all the artists of the RCC. RCC 2018 is about showcasing the program’s performing artists across every aspect of the event.
RCC 2018 is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the Riverbank and sell between 85,000-100,000 Fringe tickets. Over the course of the month, RCC 2018 will employ some 240 South Australians, while engaging with more than 110 different South Australian businesses and community groups.
After suffering a severe – unrelated – financial blow last year, the future of RCC was in some doubt. However, through the support of a wide range of progressive and successful S.A. business people, the new team behind RCC now have the opportunity to continue building on the event’s success and meet all their financial obligations under the Deed of Company Arrangement which was agreed to by all creditors.
“The restructure we’ve put in place has been possible because these are people who, like us, really believe in Adelaide and supporting those who are prepared to back themselves and give it a go – we are very grateful for all their support and guidance,” said co-founder, Tom Skipper.
“We have always said we wanted to keep trading and were never going to walk away from any hardship. Thanks to this restructure, we have been able to regroup and ensure we can honour all our obligations.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the support from artists, staff, partners and the South Australian community. Bring on the 2018 festival season,” Tom said.
For full details of the Royal Croquet Club 2018, visit the Adelaide Fringe website here. (Full program released Friday 8th December)