Top picks for Adelaide Fringe (no. 3)

I have pretty much finished up my shows for the Fringe – I have a small spot this weekend in The Rhythm Spectacular: The Music of Beyonce doing some swing and charleston (it looks like a really fun show – check it out!), but apart from that I am commencing my usual final week marathon to squeeze as many shows as humanely possible in before it’s all over! Here are some of the great things I’ve seen in the last week.

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Paul Currie: Release The Baboons

This is one of the most ridiculous and absurd shows I’ve seen,and you have to go in ready to accept that absurdism to have a good time. No one is safe and even those hiding in the back rows had to “kiss the duck”! Paul’s onstage presence is excellent – unfortunately we had a very irritating heckler in the audience but he handled it hilariously. I really don’t want to say too much because it’s one of those shows you just have to go and check out. Take a sense of fun and a touch of ridiculous and you’ll have a great time.

Paul Currie: Release The Baboons plays until March 15th at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here

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Hot Brown Honey

Unabashed and unapologetic, the Hot Brown Honeys proceed to smash apart stereotypes and tear down privilege, all backed by a sweet hip hop soundtrack. The Honeys mix burlesque, music, poetry, dance and comedy to create a piece of work that is hilarious, thought provoking and inspiring. If we weren’t all made to stand up and dance at the end of the show, I would have stood up to give them an ovation anyway. Top stuff.

Hot Brown Honey plays until March 15th at The Croquet Club. Buy tickets here.

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Sex Idiot By Bryony Kimmings

As soon as I saw Fake It Till You Make It, I knew I wanted to see Kimmings’ other show Sex Idiot. It’s a completely different show (as one would expect) but what it still has is an honest and heartfelt narrartive that is at times funny, sad, and ridiculous. Kimmings’ physicality is great as she parades around the stage in feathered finery, imitating the mating patterns of birds. There is some audience interaction too (I’ll leave you to find that one out yourself), crude stories, and the more vagina synonyms than you can poke a….well, you know.

Sex Idiot By Bryony Kimmings’ plays until March 14th at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here.

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WOMANz

I saw Tessa Waters do a spot from her show at Fringe Club one night and I thought “Bam! That’s my kind of show”, and boy was I right. Tessa plays “WOMANz”, who combines excellent dance moves, clowning and physical theatre with a sharp wit and large dose of self-love. This is only the second time I have cried with laughter at a show  this Fringe (the first time was Briefs), and my stomach muscles were sore at the end from laughing so hard. A must see!

WOMANz is playing from until March 15th (except Wed) at The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Buy tickets here

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.

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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.

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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