If you’ve been trying to figure out where on earth The Royal Croquet (RCC) is moving to this year (Pinky Flat/Tarnda Womma), we’re here to help.
Picture where Next Gen fitness club is on Memorial Drive, on the other side of the Torrens River from the city. It’s basically on the parkland and lawns dead in front of that – all the way from the road to the river. And from the Morphett Street Bridge side – across to the Riverbank Footbridge. It’s a huge site, and it promises to be filled with wondrous things.
Occupying this huge area, the RCC will have a vibrant new look making the most of its water’s edge location.
The successful team of Adelaide movers and shakers behind the RCC – local entrepreneurs Stuart Duckworth, Tom Skipper and Sam Weckert (The Social Creative) along with Program Directors / Producers Sasha Zahra and Louise Clarke – are promising to bring Adelaide the best Fringe program yet!
All the RCC’s great performances spaces will be returning with the Panama Club, Menagerie, Ukiyo and the Parlour, in addition to a brand new venue, The Black Forest thrown in the mix.
A curated program of 36 great shows from around the world and Australia will be on offer including the Australian premiere of Filament from the US, inspired by 80s teen films it combines astounding circus skills with storytelling and an amazing sound-track.
The renowned Soweto Gospel Choir and 360 ALLSTARS will be making their Adelaide Fringe debuts. 360’s stellar international cast includes the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two World Champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and an exceptional roue cyr artist.
Other highlights having their Adelaide premieres include Swedish Sirqus Alfon with I Am Somebody which skillfully crafts a high-tech performance full of rhythm and humour with their unique combination of laser show, beatboxing, clowning, chaos and comedy.
Local favourite, the multi-talented musician Adam Page, is back with his new show YouTunes.
The infamous Mistress of Mayhem, London Cabaret artist Bernadette Byrne will shake up everyone in the Little Death Club.
New York’s Hideaway Circus is bringing Slumber which follows a breathtaking girl squad of elite circus and dance performers on the last night of their lives as best friends gets killed off by one of their own.
Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, English play We Live By The Sea is a compelling production using visual storytelling with a live electronic score about autism, friendship and a very big wave.
Casus Circus, winner of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Circus and Physical Theatre, is presenting Driftwood.
Anya Anastasia will be performing her Edinburgh smash-hit Rogue Romantic.
And recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund, Elements Collective has created M.I.N.D.E.D, a hip hop dance theatre work exploring ways the mind can create altered perceptions of reality and the effects it has on the body.
Returning productions include sell-out hits Wine Bluffs, Jazz High Tea, Club Briefs, Ginger & Tonic and Iranian Nassim Soleimanpour’s powerful play White Rabbit Red Rabbit which features a different actor each night seeing the script for the first time on stage.
The RCC will have extended hours on the weekend especially for families with younger children.
The children’s program sees Briefs Factory’s Brat Kids Carnival return for two performances only,
Broer & Zus are back with a brand new adventure, Spanish Kiki Vita’s juggling Grumpy Pants will be delighting kids with his fork throwing antics, Peter Baecker from Germany will have all the youngster dancing with 80’s Kids Disco.
Plus Adam Page will be improvising with vegetables in Like It or Loop it.
And of course the RCC Main Stage will be back with a fantastic music program – details here.
Add that to a whole lot more free performance, entertainment and engagement – RCC has a lot more than just a new home planned for 2017, get excited!
Here’s some photos of the set up in progress…. only two sleeps to go! See you at the Thursday preview. Win tickets to the RCC shows here, or scroll down below the pics to enter to win season passes to RCC!