Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 1)

It’s my favourite time of year – the Adelaide Fringe Festival! We’re just about to wrap up the second week of the festival and I’ve been trying to squeeze as many shows in as possible – there just isn’t enough time! Here are my top picks so far.

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1. Yana Alana: Between The Cracks

If you like your cabaret bold and intelligent this is the show for you. Yana Alana loves being the centre of attention and never fails to be so owing to her stage presence and charisma. The creation of performer Sarah Ward, Yana Alana had me laughing until I cried and enthralled by her powerhouse voice. Yana dishes out advice from her self-written book, asks the audience to ponder sexuality and politics, bumps heads with her accompanist Jo and sings with “Burt Bacharach”, all whilst clothed in nothing but shockingly blue body paint. The nudity is soon forgotten though as the show is all about Yana’s larger than life personality.

Yana Alana plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 1st. Book here

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2. Shake

I saw this show when I was performing at Fringe World in WA and I was very impressed. Becky Lou is a well-known burlesque performer and this is her first solo show. Shake shines a peek behind the curtain of the burlesque world, and we get to hear what is really going through Becky Lou’s mind as she bumps and grinds. Intimate, real and touching, the material is relatable and Becky’s relaxed and casual delivery makes it feel as if you are speaking with her one on one. It’s bump and grind with wit and wisdom!

Shake is playing at Tuxedo Cat every night except Wednesdays from 26th Feb-15th March. Book here

10507064_742720635770395_6785176820530820958_o3. Abandoman: Hot Desk

I first saw Abandoman in 2013. I had dragged my husband to see a bunch of cabaret shows that I wanted to see, and I thought this looked like a show he would specifically enjoy (he’s a bit of a hip hop fan) and so I bought tickets. What I didn’t anticipate was just how much I would laugh and how amazed I would feel! Abandoman improvises their songs based on audience feedback with hilarious results. The brain speed involved must be phenomenal. They are bringing a new show here this year and I haven’t seen it yet, but I will definitely be nabbing tickets.

Abandoman plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights 2nd -15th March. Book here

Stay tuned for more of my top picks for The Adelaide Fringe! Get out there, see a show, try something new and have a darn good time.

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