Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 2)

I haven’t seen a huge amount over the last week as we’ve been pretty busy with Big Band Burlesque, but I did get to see two phenomenal shows that I have been telling anyone who will listen to go and see.


1. Fake It ‘Til You Make It

This is probably the most heart moving and touching piece I have ever seen. The play tells the true life story of the actors, Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn, and their struggle as a couple with Tim’s chronic depression, which he has hidden for most of his life. It sounds as if the show would be really, well….depressing, but it isn’t. There are plenty of dark moments which had me welling up, but the story overall is inspirational and uplifting. I encourage everyone to go see this who has ever struggled with depression or knows someone who has, or even if none of those apply to you see it anyway. This is really honest and important work and I applaud Bryony and Tim for bringing something that is often hidden away out of the shadows and into the light.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It plays every day except Monday until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Book tickets here.


2. BRIEFS: The Second Coming 

I was so excited to see BRIEFS as they haven’t been back to Adelaide in 5 years (and I didn’t catch the show then), so when they announced their Fringe season I almost wet myself. I’ve seen two of the main cast perform quite a bit – Captain Kidd and Fez Faanana, as well as one of their newest cast members The Evil Hate Monkey, so I knew it was going to be an amazing show. However, nothing could have prepared me for the absolute roller coaster spectacle that is BRIEFS. The gents open with a fan number that made my heart melt with love at the absolutely perfect lines and formations (trust me, you’ll get it), followed by the most amazing lira performance I have ever seen. It was at this stage of the show that I started to get an inkling for what was going on – absolute quality, trashy, camp, magnificent performances. The ticket price is so reasonable for the show (which is 80 minutes) – $40 (or $35 if you’re cheap like me and go on a Tuesday!). It might be on the higher end of the price range but it is worth every cent. I’m going to stop fangirling now and end here: if you don’t see this show you will be “jealoussssssssss….”.

BRIEFS: The Second Coming plays every night except Monday until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Click here to book