After swanning around across dozens of venues to see stacks of Fringe show this season, we were looking at putting together a list of the best options for a mid-week jaunt – for perhaps dinner and a show. We wanted to make things easier for regular punters, who have to go to work the next day and aren’t looking for a bender of a night.
The thousands of shows on offer are a little overwhelming however, so when we threw the question out to the Glam Adelaide arts team – a simple solution presented itself. The GC (also known as the German Club when it’s not Fringe time). While we’re not paid to spruik them, we’re pretty happy to point you in the direction of Adelaide’s largest beer steins, 5 star rated shows, proper toilets (no port-a-loos here) and even a dining area serviced by a proper kitchen. It’s a grown up offering for those seeking air conditioning, civility and high quality shows.
The GC enters its second week with 166 of 249 performances still to go… and some of its biggest shows yet.
A Woman on the Edge ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Paul Dabek Look At Me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Miles Davis Kind of Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The team who have curated the line-up at the GC have a solid background in the entertainment industry. They’ve spent decades sorting through the white noise, to understand what shows work and what people want to see. And it shows.
This week, direct from sell-out success at the Sydney Opera House – and a show already in the sights of international promoters – comes My Leonard Cohen starring the renowned Steward D’Arrietta and his 6 piece band. The show is already selling strongly and is set to be a Fringe hot ticket. Also opening tonight is perennial Fringe and clubland favourite Movin’ Melvin Brown in his big stage tribute to Otis Redding with Me and Otis. Another music legend being brought to life at The GC is Joni Mitchell with Delia Olam’s Joni Mitchell’s Daughter, which is set to be a knockout.
Par demande populaire (French for bei Nachfrage), the Baldies sing and soar their way through a surprise unscheduled performance on March 19… this time, with some of the GC’s Fringe stars in a show to draw down the curtain on The GC’s 249 thrilling shows. Join the band with its powerhouse harmonies, off-the-wall humour, consummate musicianship and stylish rendition of The Eagles with a taste of Doobies, Steely Dan and Neil Young. With any luck, star magician Paul Dabek may pop in to make them disappear forever!
How’s Your Acting Going? is an hilarious and painfully real comedy in which loved ones question career choices. Louise O’Dwyer brings to life a variety of characters in this amusing and moving theatrical experience. A show described as “a tour-de-force of comedy and intertwined flawlessly with incredible moments of insight” ***** – Leonard Miller (Season: 28 February – 5 March)
For those feeling a little naughty, A Burlesque Teaser reveals daring dolls who’ve been to burlesque boot camp and are now tantalising The GC with their presence. This sultry show will certainly raise feathers. (Season: 28 February – 2 March)
Attitude with Latitude is a musical comedy that gives a chance for a cappella fans to hear two of the best a cappella groups – Ballpoint Penguins and Adelaide’s Women with Attitude – performing together, probing at life’s big questions. (Season: 3 March – 5 March)
Paul Dabek’s magi-comedy show has been a massive hit at this year’s Fringe Festival. He has been receiving exceptional reviews with his “mesmerising quick wit… expect the unexpected”- The Clothesline. Dabek has also been named “the best magician one is likely to see at this year’s Fringe” *****- Glam Adelaide. Look At Me! runs until 18 March.
Another exceptional performance by Genevieve Mooy with Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady! has had rave reviews. The one-woman play portrays one of Australia’s most successful and notorious actors – though one not as well-known in Australia as in the UK and USA. “[Mooy] is physically and vocally perfect” *****- Glam Adelaide. Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady! runs until 18 March.
Claire Dawson’s one-woman show A Woman On The Edge highlights her impeccable musical ability in this comedic journey from Liverpool to Tasmania – also receiving 4-5 star reviews. Dawson “is superb, not just in her truly wonderful performance as SiSi, but in all the video characters she portrays” – Glam Adelaide. The show is “full of laughter, passion and emotion”- Susan Arnold.
A Woman On The Edge runs until 5 March.
UK Comedian, Tony Cowards is having such a great time at The GC, remaining seats for his shows are now $10 as a gift from Tony. His show Daft Pun is running until 19 March.
Featured image: Famous for Velvet Sound and incredible range, 6 piece band Playboys with a full horn section present Soul Music Legends such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and many great soul artists LIVE AT THE GC!! Featuring ‘Supersition’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, ‘Let’s Get It On’ and classic hits you’ll be DANCING IN THE AISLES!