Okay so you have one month to see as much as the Adelaide Fringe as you can. But where to begin? Let us take care of that with these top picks.
Pussy Riot: RIOT Days – Until March 3
At RCC for one week only, the iconic Russian feminist punk rock performance art collective tell their story in performance, film and music in this searing piece of gig theatre. Featuring the three key members of Pussy Riot on stage together for the first time ever. Historic and unmissable.
Ben Hart: The Nutshell – Until March 17
West End star and multi-award winning magician Ben Hart returns to Adelaide with a brand new show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations.
Le Aerial – February 22 -25
This circus cabaret show defies the impossible by allowing their performers to fly with aerial artistry. You’ll see as they soar brightly like a high flying adventure for the whole family.
Mickster’s Magic Gadgets – March 2 – 3, 9 – 11, 16 – 17
Great kids show with Mickster the Trickster needing your kids’ help to find his missing cheeseburger before he gets super super hangry! In this new-age high tech magic show, Mickster takes family entertainment & interactivity to the next level.
Bernie Dieter’s Little Death Club – Until March 17
Be entertained and seduced by ringmaster Bernie Dieter with her gin-soaked lascivious charm accompanied by her live Weimar punk jazz band and an all original soundtrack. 18+.
Matt Tarrant: More Unsolved – Until March 17
He’s one of the Fringe’s iconic mentalist’s and he’s back for 2019 with plenty of magic up his sleeves and some favourites for the fans
A Night in Paris – February 20, 24, 26 – 28
Save your frequent flyer points to Paris because Louise Blackwell is bringing France to you. Mixed with French culture and Jazz music, Louise will have you experience the most romantic city in the world in one night.
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams – Until March 17
Take a hit of adrenaline with this exciting performance from juggling brothers Bibi and Bichu and their 15 talented artists. Fun fact: Bibi and Bichu will feature in Tim Burton’s Dumbo later this year.
Finale – Until March 17
These eight mates know how to have fun and entertain at the same time in this interactive circus cabaret that builds the energy with live drums and goes from a show to a party with plenty of trickery to boot.
Gym Junkie – February 27 – March 3
Chasing that summer bod takes a hilarious dive into a 6-step program, designed by Lisa-Marie Ryan, that kicks diet fads in the teeth, reminds you why squats are important and the know-how of wearing neon.
Jackson vs Jackson – Until March 17
Moonwalk your way to this music show by local group Gospo Collective that mixes Michael and Janet Jackson’s hits into one epic tribute. You’ll ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ because it’s all for you.
Life: The Show – Until March 17
A spectacular new Spiegeltent corruption from the people who brought you Blanc de Blanc and Limbo Unhinged, let this cast of international prodigies and deviants lead you on an adventure of hedonistic theatrical anarchy.
Kathy Lette’s Big Night Out– March 5 – 16
The genius behind ‘Puberty Blues’ talks of the not-so-bright side of her life including sexist bosses, toy boys and making the Queen laugh. This show is an ideal night out with the girls. Nicole Kidman described it as “deliciously rude & darkly funny”.
Love is a Work in Progress with Tara Rankine – Until March 16
This brutally honest one-woman show goes straight for the dignity touching on sex, relationships and the reality of playing the dating game. Adults only.
Katie Noonan’s Elixir – February 15
Get your hit of jazz music with the presence of muti-ARIA award winner Katie Noonan and her band Elixir. This show is in celebration of their new album ‘Gratitude and Grief’.
Rouge – Until March 17
Leave the kids at home to witness this sexy blend of burlesque and circus with off-the wall moments to awaken your lustful side.
Michael Griffiths: By Request – February 15 – 24
Socially [Un]Acceptable – Until March 17
This one-woman show is not for the faint of heart as it confronts the issue of sexual assault by encouraging you to let go of slut-shaming and be more empathetic.
Retox (adults only) – February 15- 24
A highly irreverent circus cabaret ensemble that is jam packed full of magnificent artists in their very own ‘May Wirth’ tent – named after an Aussie acrobat known for her flips on running horses.
Jukebox Revolution – March 1 – 2
Party on with hits from the last five decades, courtesy of last year’s sell-out show that is returning to the Fringe, starring ‘Boys in the Band’ and backed by live band ‘The Players’.
Sycamore Road – A Night with the Jacobites – March 3, 15
Love Outlander? Let Adelaide-based folk band Sycamore Road take you on a journey through the Scottish Highlands through contemporary Scottish music. The traditional bagpipes, folk guitar, and fiddle get a modern touch, blended with keyboard, wind instruments and electric bass guitar.
The Showmen: Live – March 1 – 8
Fireworks, circus, illusions, side-splitting comedy and a killer soundtrack – award-winning Melbourne duo, The Showmen, are bringing their biggest and best show to Gluttony at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year. This is one for the whole family.
Women Like Us: Mandy Nolan & Ellen Briggs – February 16 – 17
Organise a girl’s night out to witness these two comedians for the first weekend of the Fringe that has been sold out at venues all over Australia.
Tokyo Electrock Stairs – February 21 – 22
A fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance has energy to spare by bringing the ‘meaningful and meaningless’ together as they live by their motto being “even if there is no goal, just go through it”.
War of the Surf & Rock Guitars – February 24
Summon your inner rock god! For one day only, Fort Glanville in Semaphore will turn into rock central for this 18+ rock festival. See a huge 10 hours of music – and they’re even firing up the canons especially for the event.