Adelaide Fringe

Pick of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival ‘Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life’ heads to Adelaide Fringe

To date, the show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” has impressively raised over $940,000 for charity through donations, including 100% of all artist fees.

In a captivating blend of music, humour, and heartfelt storytelling, the much-acclaimed show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” is heading to the Adelaide Fringe this year. This extraordinary performance, which has captivated audiences worldwide, is set to make its Australian debut following a series of sold-out shows and prestigious accolades, including being named the Pick of the Fringe at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

At the heart of this unique show is Keith Alessi’s remarkable life journey. Once a high-flying CEO in Canada, Alessi’s world was turned upside down by a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. This pivotal moment led him to embrace his long-suppressed passion for playing the banjo, a decision that not only offered him a therapeutic outlet but also a new purpose in life.

He ultimately found physical and emotional healing in a circle of musicians, and this shows tells that story. His journey, which unfolds on stage, is a powerful testament to the healing virtues of the arts and the resilience of the human spirit.

“Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” is not only a show; it’s a mission-driven endeavour. Alessi has dedicated his performances to supporting various charitable causes, with a focus on cancer, community, music, and theatre organizations. To date, the show has impressively raised over $940,000 (AUD) through donations, including 100% of all artist fees.

The show’s international journey has been nothing short of phenomenal. After its initial debut, what was intended to be a one-time performance at a fringe festival evolved into a series of international tours, captivating audiences across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Its success is a reflection of its universal appeal and the profound impact of Alessi’s story of survival and transformation.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise for the show. The British Theatre Guide hailed it as “A sold-out Fringe classic!” while Broadway Baby Edinburgh commended Alessi for delivering “a poignant message of resilience, hope, and endurance that we all need to hear right now…” The show has also earned five-star reviews from Global News and the Winnipeg Free Press, among others.

As “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” makes its much-anticipated Australian debut at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, audiences can expect a heartwarming experience filled with humour, captivating banjo music, and a story that celebrates the indomitable human spirit. This is a show that promises not just entertainment but an inspiring journey of hope and perseverance. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this extraordinary tale of survival and the transformative power of following one’s passions.

What: Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life
Where: The Garage International @ Crack, 13 Franklin St, Adelaide, SA, 5000 and The Garage International @ Scots, Scots Church Adelaide, 237 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000.
When: Friday 16th February to Sunday 3rd of March.
For tickets and further info, click here.

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