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Our Top Picks For Adelaide Fringe

You have one month to see as much of the Adelaide Fringe as you can, but where to begin? Let us take care of that with these top picks.

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With the arrival of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe, we welcome one month of pure mayhem, entertainment, debauchery, and the most non-stop fun you’re likely to have all year. Get in on it now, folks, because it’s all over far too soon.

Not sure where to start? Feast your eyes below on our eclectic top picks.

Maho Magic Bar | Garden of Unearthly Delights

Feb 14 — March 15

A brand new venue, concept, and show awaits Australian audiences this year with its world premiere at Adelaide Fringe – the Maho Magic Bar. While you are served up flavours from the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan’s most consummate master magicians will perform up-close an exclusive magic show at your own table.

Where: Maho Magic Bar at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: 14 February – March 15 
Tickets: $49 to $59
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/maho-magic-bar-af2020

Rouge

14 February – March 15 

Integrating acrobatics and burlesque, Rouge has been described as one of the sexiest shows on offer during Fringe, and this year it’s coming back bigger, extended, and even more outrageous. Cabaret, circus and physical theatre has internationally esteemed soprano, Isabel Hertaeg at the helm. She has performed on cliff edges, on silos, in quarries and on mountains, and is now at Fringe.

Where: Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Gluttony
When: Friday Feb 14 – Saturday 15 March
Tickets: $35 to $46
https://gluttony.net.au/shows/show/260/rouge

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Amity Dry

21 February — 1 March

Direct from her critically-acclaimed sell out shows, 39 Forever and FortifiedHighway Superstar is a light-hearted musical cabaret that offers “fast” entertainment that will leave you clapping for more. Amity said this show will take the audience on a “Carpool Karaoke” journey, singing along to all the greatest hits you secretly love to belt out in the car!

Where: Empire Theatre – Gluttony
When: Friday Feb 21 — Sunday March 1
Tickets: $27 to $35
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/amity-dry-highway-superstar-af2020

Shake It

14 February— 14 March

Featuring the best of burlesque artists, combined with foul-mouthed congress Minnie Andrews (of ‘Papillon’), this is one of the most outrageous events at Fringe. Shake It promises special guest acts from across the festival of burlesque, circus and cabaret.

Where: Wonderland Spiegeltent, Gluttony (Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka).
When: Friday 14 Feb – Saturday 14 March, 9.20pm
Tickets: $18-$32
https://gluttony.net.au/shows/show/309/shake-it

Blanc De Blanc

21 February — 15 March

The hedonistic world of Blanc de Blanc returns to The Garden of Unearthly Delights off the back of a record-breaking Sydney Opera House summer season with a brand new show. Serving up an intoxicating blend of flirtation and acrobatic feats to transport you to a champagne nirvana, this is the encore you’ve been waiting for! Vintage French flair, risqué humour, spectacular aerials, comedy and big dance numbers will astonish and delight with opulent, cheeky, edge-of-your-seat theatre. This all-star cast of international performers is guaranteed to leave you shouting for more.

Where: Fortuna Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: Friday, 21 February — Sunday, 15 March
Tickets: $69 to $79
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/blanc-de-blanc-encore-af2020

Gospo

21 February — 15 March

Nationally acclaimed singing group Gospo Collective is back at the Adelaide Fringe with its brand-new show, Jukebox Chorus – The Ultimate Australian Playlist. Headlining at The Cornucopia in Gluttony, expect to hear some of the best Australian hits of our generation. From Kylie to Jimmy Barnes, there will be breathtaking mashups and phenomenal signature sounds synonymous with renowned Australian choral queen, Charmaine Jones.

Where: The Cornucopia, Gluttony
When: Friday, 21 February — Sunday, 15 March
Tickets: $27 to $49.50 ($132 to $154 for families)
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/jukebox-chorus-the-ultimate-australian-playlist-af2020.

Table For Two

18 February — 15 March

What’s on the menu? One man – three characters – an unwitting guest – 50 minutes of award-winning physical comedy. Off the back of sell-out shows in Sydney, ​Table for Two?​ is back to cut the mustard for its grand re-opening (and it might get messy).

Where: The Office at Holden Street Theatres
When: Tuesday, 18 Feb – Sunday, 15 March
Tickets: $15 to $20
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/table-for-two-af2020

Totally Improvised Shakespeare

25 February — 1 March

Soothplayers are bringing their two smash hit shows, Completely Improvised Shakespeare and Completely Improvised Potter, to Adelaide for the first time. The premise of these Fringe shows is simple: the performers take a suggested title from the audience and then perform an entire play on the spot. Nothing is prepared or written down. Not even the musical accompaniment!

Where: The Parlour at Gluttony
When: 25 February to 1 March
Tickets: $22 to $30
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/completely-improvised-shakespeare-af2020

Rob Ellinger Magic McMagicface

15 February — 29 February

What happens when a frivolous magician has lofty artistic goals? Rob Ellinger’s Magic McMagicface is returning to Adelaide Fringe in 2020 after last year’s successful seasonproving once again that you should never trust the internet to help you name your act.

This year Rob will be performing in the Library Room at Ayer’s House. Rob mixes a dapper style with a quick wit and mind blowing sleight of hand. In Magic McMagicface, magic is combined with literature, poetry, science, mathematics and music. Audiences can expect laughs and astonishing illusions to keep them guessing from start to finish.

Where: Library Room at Ayers House
When: 15 February to 29 February
Tickets: $25
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/magic-mcmagicface-af2020

Good is the New Bad

15 February — 1 March

This show is created for kids by kids, so your kids are bound to enjoy watching this high energy, fast paced musical designed for them. Set in an asylum for the “criminally insane”, long time inmates such as Harley Quinn, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Ursula, the Joker, and many more, have taken over the asylum and are demanding “all prior charges against them be dropped” or the prison staff will continue to be held hostage and fed prison gruel until their innards dissolve.

Where: Empire Theatre in Gluttony
When: Saturday, 15 February to Sunday, 1 March
Tickets: $20
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/good-is-the-new-bad-af2020

Tandanya

Friday 14 February — Sunday 15 March

Tandanya are celebrating 30 years in 2020! As a celebration, they are presenting the inaugural Tandanya Fringe 2020: First Nations Hub’ as part of the Fringe. This year, Yabarra takes place during the entire month of Fringe. Tandanya will also present a lineup of high calibre productions programmed and managed internally, which offers something for everyone across the genres of theatre, dance, cabaret, music, film, comedy and visual arts.

Check out the range of shows on FringeTix.

Harlequeen

3 March — 8 March

A vaudevillian-style, one-woman celebration of female fools. Also, Abby may juggle (unconfirmed). Using a variety of comedy styles HarleQueen takes the audience on a journey through the history of female comedians; it’s storytelling, history, and hilarity with honesty and heart. Join the HarleQueen in celebrating the women who blazed a trail for their sisters in comedy!

Where: The Breakout at The Mill
When: Tuesday, 3 March to Sunday, 8 March
Tickets: $23 to $28
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/harlequeen-af2020

Nothing But Dad Jokes: The First Sequel

15 February — 1 March

You sold them out last time so they are back for three shows in 2020, some stools and one promise: an hour of non stop, continuous ‘Dad Jokes’ told by a bunch of comedians, from near and far, who (mostly) aren’t dads. So bad — its actually heaps good! Who will take home the trophy for the biggest groan?

Where: Exhibition Space at The Joinery on Franklin
When: Sunday, 1 March | Sunday, 8 March | Saturday, 14 March
Tickets: $20
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/nothing-but-dad-jokes-the-first-sequel-af2020

Not so much into ‘dad jokes’? Red Fez Productions is also putting on A Murder Most Foul: The Final Farewell, a Murder Mystery dinner, where the audience is the star of the show. With all the classic Film Noir tropes, you’ll become a character, follow the clues and solve the mysteries as they unfold over a delicious 4-course buffet meal. Put on your best 1940’s finery, and see if you can solve a murder most foul.

Where:
Quartet Bar at Adelaide Festival Centre on Wednesday, 26 February
Gil Langley Room at Adelaide Oval Functions & Events on February 27 to 29 & March 4 to 7.
Tickets: $82 to $89.
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/a-murder-most-foul-the-final-farewell-af2020

For all Fringe shows, head over here.

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