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REVIEW: GAME ON 3

REVIEW: GAME ON 3

game on 3 review

REVIEW: GAME ON 3

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

I’m not a gamer, but my twin boys – aged seven – are.

So, when I spied a Minecraft diamond sword on the poster for Game On 3, I knew it’d be right up their street.

As we lined up for the show, we were handed bags, containing small Nerf guns and darts and an Among Us beanie to use during the performance. (For the uninitiated, Among Us is an online multi-player game, surrounding imposters and space, and, well, that’s about all I know. We were also assured that all the gear’s sanitised between shows.) Already, my boys were excited.

The performance kicked off with host – and computer game aficionado – Matty Grey jumping onstage in a bright orange spacesuit. As he told the crowd: “This is a loud show. If I’m too loud for you, you’re too old!”

With the help of his wife, he then took us on a journey to solve a crime, with computer games being played out IRL and involving the audience. This even included games the adults could reminisce about, from the ‘70s table tennis-themed Pong (with the ping pong ball being swapped for a coronavirus fuzz-ball) to Donkey Kong, where attendees helped to bounce inflatable barrels around the crowd while wearing (COVID-friendly) plastic gloves.

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Throughout the show, Matty slipped in intriguing gaming tidbits, like that, apparently, more Aussies play Minecraft than go to church – and that the video game played most by mums is Candy Crush. Okay, here’s one more: Nintendo originally started way back in 1889 as a playing cards company.

During an onstage game of Call of Doody (à la Call of Duty), a Super Mario lookalike from the audience had to hold up a toilet while two volunteers tried to ‘net’ poo emoji cushions. As Matt quipped: “It’s not every show that you get to throw poo around.” Indeed.

The kids got to wield the Nerf guns during an onstage reenactment of the ‘80s game, Attack of the Mutant Camels. Though, they were told, strictly, to stay in their seats while taking aim, so as not to break any COVID-19 rules.

I left the performance, vowing to take more interest in what my boys play and to one day soon give Among Us a try.

Sidenote: For those with sensory sensitivities, there are flashing lights and loud noises during the show.

GAME ON 3

Venue: Ukiyo at Gluttony – Rymill Park/Mullawirraburka (Cnr East Tce & Rundle Rd, Adelaide)

Dates & times:

Sat 6 Mar – Mon 8 Mar: 3:45pm

Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 3:45pm

Wed 17 Mar: 1pm

Sat 20 Mar – Sun 21 Mar: 3:45pm

For tickets: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/game-on-3-af2021

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REVIEW: COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE ‘BONKERS!’

REVIEW: COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE ‘BONKERS!’

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REVIEW: COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE ‘BONKERS!’

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

I first saw Matt Hale’s live hypnosis show last year and was adamant I wouldn’t volunteer to go onstage. I prefer to observe from the shadows than be in the spotlight.

But after I saw a bunch of youngsters rush the stage at Matt’s last show – and saw the fun that they had – I thought maybe I would give it a go a second time around. (Also enticing was Matt’s disclosure that participants would feel like they’d had a deep sleep afterwards – music to the ears of sleep-deprived parents like myself.)

But I took along a friend, who was a first-timer and a skeptic, and she was as adamant about not going up as I had been my first time.

So, with her help, I chickened out again.

And yet, I still had a blast.

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Matt makes it hard not to have a good time with the thumping songs he uses for a backdrop – ranging from Jason Derulo to Queen classics – and his humour peppered throughout. (On his stage manager wife, Kathryn, he quipped: “It’s all right; she still thinks she’s married to George Clooney.”)

It was a hoot watching participants onstage being lulled into things they wouldn’t normally manage without laughing, from vibing to Fleetwood Mac like that famed skateboarder to imagining they’re acting in an ‘80s movie montage. Nicely too, the format had been changed from last year.

As Matt said:

“There’s nothing that can keep you from being hypnotised except yourself.” And some participants did seem more immersed in the experience than others. Those who were less submerged or, alternatively, too chilled-out got a tap on the shoulder and were whisked offstage. (I imagine being made to make a quick exit if I had gone up.) This action helped whittle the group down to an entertaining core.

At one point, Matt described the whole experience as “absolutely, incredibly joyful” and indeed it was (including for a few kids in the crowd, who’d stayed up to catch the show with their ‘rents).

During the performance, Matt also commented on the tough time artists had had during the pandemic.

Along with joking about JobKeeper, he said:

“We just took a massive hit in Perth with the lockdown and had to cancel a ton of shows … We’ve had a crazy year, so we’ve got to have some fun.”

Right on. Maybe third time will be a charm for me in braving the stage?

Sidenote: The air-con in The Virago tent was turned up quite high, so it could be worth packing a cardi!

COMEDY HYPNOTIST MATT HALE’S BONKERS!

Venue: The Virago (Gluttony – Rymill Park, Adelaide, SA)

Dates & times:

Tue 23 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 8pm
Tue 2 Mar – Sun 7 Mar: 8pm
Tue 9 Mar – Sat 13 Mar: 8pm
Sun 14 Mar: 5pm, 8pm
Tue 16 Mar – Sat 20 Mar: 8pm
Sun 21 Mar: 5pm, 8pm

For tickets:

adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/comedy-hypnotist-matt-hale-bonkers-af2021

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REVIEW: Amy Hetherington ‘Don’t Feed the Ducks’

REVIEW: Amy Hetherington ‘Don’t Feed the Ducks’

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REVIEW: Amy Hetherington ‘Don’t Feed the Ducks’

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

You know from the get-go that Darwin’s Amy Hetheringon isn’t your typical comedian when she greets guests as they arrive with a friendly smile and banter offstage. Then does her own introductory spiel before jumping into the spotlight.

She’s like a bucket of sunshine in her glitter circle earrings, lace crop top, and floral culottes. This is a comic who can drop the F-bomb on repeat while beaming winsomely like a Spice Girl. (She references the girl group during her performance.)

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Don’t Feed the Ducks: Adelaide Fringe 2021

The focus of her latest Fringe show, Don’t Feed the Ducks, is on trying to fall pregnant and start her next life chapter as a mum, which she describes as “ducking terrifying” (à la the show’s title). Her co-pilot in this journey is her ‘nerdy’ civil engineer husband, who enjoys tracking her ovulation cycle “in a cloud-based document”.

Facing down mum-hood also brings up memories of the DIY fun she had in her childhood. She describes her dad as “a cross between Russell Coight and Tim the Tool Man” and reminisces about daddy-daughter trips to the dump (I can so relate!) and her pa’s version of The Floor is Lava game, involving barbecue coals. Ah, simpler times, lol.

A highlight is her re-enactment of Mortal Kombat: Mum Edition, where you can choose your own mum character from ‘activewear mum’ to ‘free range mum’.

Throughout, Amy sprinkles in local references, from Port Adelaide to Rundle Mall, along with including a heap of Darwin humour. She also praises Adelaide. “You’ve got a festival happening during a global pandemic,” adding laughingly, “I got to use the big venue because Lehmo’s stuck in Melbourne!”

Every now and then, Amy breaks into song, joking that she must do so due to the stipulations of a Tourism NT grant. As she says: “It’s f—ing hard being an artist this year.”

Organise a babysitter and get to her show at the newly relocated Rhino Room (now in Pirie St)!

Amy Hetherington’s Don’t Feed the Ducks

Venue: Rhino Room, 1/131 Pirie St, Adelaide SA

Dates & times:

Fri 19 Feb – Sat 20 Feb: 7:30pm

Tue 23 Feb – Sat 27 Feb: 7:30pm

Tue 2 Mar – Sat 6 Mar: 7:30pm

For tickets: 

adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/amy-hetherington-don-t-feed-the-ducks-af2021

REVIEW: Best of Kids Fringe

REVIEW: Best of Kids Fringe

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REVIEW: Best of Kids Fringe

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

Are you the type to go the banquet menu at a restaurant because you don’t want to get food envy?

Then Best of Kids Fringe at Gluttony should satiate you – and your kids – just as well!

Basically, it provides a taste test of a few acts with the line-up changing week-to-week, so you never know what you’re going to get.

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Best of Kids Fringe

The day we went the show kicked off with Irish comic magician Patrick “Paddy” McCullagh, who knows how to pull off a kilt and has a lilt like Jimeoin. As the warm-up act, he did a bunch of magic tricks – involving rope, thread, and cards – in between the ‘main courses’.

He also provided a reminder of how the pandemic had changed things, mentioning that he wasn’t allowed to have any junior helpers up onstage. (Audience members also had to sit one seat apart.)

Best of Kids Fringe Review

Next it was onto circus performer Hannah Cryle, who’s also involved in The Best of Ladies’ Night at Gluttony. She was like a human Rainbow Brite doll with her glitter eyeshadow, fur-topped sneakers, and perpetual smile.

She sprinkled in some humour for the adult attendees while performing with contortion rings – “I finished my maternity leave in time for the pandemic, so now more than ever my head is the smallest bit”. Plus, when hula-hooping to Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Paradise City, motivating herself with: “Don’t be nervous, everybody likes you, and they know it’s been a while.”

best of kids fringe review

Following was Dr Bubble, who created dry ice fog bubbles, glowing orbs, and more onstage. The air-con in The Octagon tent had to be turned off during his performance and it did get a little balmy. However, Dr Bubble pushed on, woollen beanie, metallic suit, and all.

Rounding things out were sibling act Calin and Arwen Diamond, of the Diamond Duo. The pair seemed to get along better than my two kids that day, juggling shiny clubs together and getting up-close and personal on the trapeze. (I’ve almost been tempted to do a Carrie and sign up for a trapeze ‘flying’ class, like in Sex and the City.)

Calin provided a laugh for the youngsters when attempting to get out of a straitjacket while on a unicycle. “This looked a lot easier on YouTube,” he quipped.

The show certainly had something to tantalise every tastebud!

Best of Kids Fringe

Venue: The Octagon at Gluttony – Rymill Park, Adelaide SA

Dates:

Sun 21 Feb: 2pm

Sat 27 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 2pm

Sat 6 Mar – Mon 8 Mar: 2pm

Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 2pm

Sat 20 Mar – Sun 21 Mar: 2pm

For tickets:

adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/best-of-kids-fringe-af2021

Adelaide Fringe On Tour

Adelaide Fringe On Tour

Murray Bridge Fringe on Tour

Adelaide Fringe On Tour

The Fringe Caravan will be hitting the road throughout the season, bringing a taste of the fantastic four weeks of festival fun to suburban and regional destinations across SA, providing a pop-up hit of Fringe flavour.

Basically, Fringe on Tour brings free family fun to you – sharing the wonderful and weird and encouraging locals to be part of something in their area!

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2021 Fringe On Tour Locations

Murray Bridge Fringe // 27 February
Sixth Street Murray Bridge will be transformed into a space to entertain and be entertained for one night only on Saturday 27 February. The weekend will also feature a series of free and ticketed performances at the Murray Bridge Town Hall, the Station and Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.

Victor Harbor Fringe on Tour

Fringe at Victor Harbor // 28 February
Get away for a day of fun, sun and Fringe celebrations in Victor Harbor. South Australia’s favourite coastal holiday destination will be buzzing on February 28 with a line-up of performances, activations and experiences for the whole family.

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Fringe @5085 // 6-7 March
What has a waterfall got to do with a hypothermal worm? Where in the forest do the giants and fairies sleep? Find out at Fringe@5085 – a 2 day extravaganza of magical mayhem and music in the tranquility of Stockade Botanical Park. Starring the Fringe Caravan and plenty more besides. More fun than you can poke a stick at.

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Naracoorte Fringe Street Party // 13 March
For the first time ever visit Naracoorte for a free street party featuring the Fringe on Tour caravan, local performances, entertainment, music, food trucks and market stalls! Celebrate Naracoorte’s creative community in the Town Square!

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Whyalla’s Unearth Festival // 19-28 March
Whyalla’s Ruby Award-winning festival will look different from previous years, but hey, so does everything. Come for a day or a week to enjoy the beautiful seaside location and relaxed lifestyle, see a show, do workshops, swim, fish, visit the dolphins; create and rejuvenate. A variety of venues across the city will host artists to suit all tastes.

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Adelaide Railway Station Precinct
Adelaide Railway Station Precinct takes centre stage this Fringe with pop up performances as you step off your train into the heart of the action. Catch a train this Fringe to expect the unexpected, sit back and enjoy the freedom to relax and immerse yourself, be entertained by chance encounters with an array of Fringe performers and pop up shows throughout Fringe.

For more information: 

adelaidefringe.com.au

 

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Accessibility at Adelaide Fringe

Accessibility at Adelaide Fringe

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Accessibility at Adelaide Fringe 2021

The Adelaide Fringe highly values being inclusive and welcoming. The team behind the event wants everyone to experience the magic of Fringe, and are committed to ensuring that artists and audiences of all abilities can make the most of the program.

2021 brings many new access initiatives to support audiences with diverse accessibility needs.

Relaxed Performances

These performances are open to anyone, however, they have been specifically designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for patrons with a learning disability and/or sensory and communication difficulties or anyone who would benefit from a more sensory-reduced environment.

You can search for relaxed performances using the accessibility filter on the Fringe website.

Children’s events listed in this category include Return to the Village, The Lost Sheep Show, Something in the Water and Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show.

How to search for accessible shows

You can search for accessible shows using the accessibility filter when booking your tickets at adelaidefringe.com.au

Filter options including accessibility parking, wheelchair access, Auslan interpretation and high audio or visual content will give you a guide of whether your chosen performance and venue will meet your accessibility needs.

Access Champions

The Fringe are excited to introduce in 2021 their new Access Champion volunteers who will be placed at specific venues and events to support patrons with access requirements. They will be at all events that are Auslan interpreted, audio described and all relaxed performances.

They can support you in the following ways:

  • Meeting you at an accessible entry point to a venue
  • Chaperoning to accessible seating
  • Explaining events in the Access Guide
  • Recommending events to suit your requirements
  • Recording your feedback about accessibility at Fringe

You can request an Access Champion, subject to availability at access@adelaidefringe.com.au

Guide Dogs and Service Animals

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all venues that are open to the public.

Venue Wheelchair Access

When booking tickets online, use the accessibility filter to browse for shows with wheelchair access, accessible parking and/or a wheelchair accessible toilet. Wheelchair accessible spaces depend on venue capacity and can vary.

Adelaide Fringe deems a venue to be wheelchair accessible if it is both accessible to a patron using a wheelchair and has a wheelchair accessible toilet facility.

It is recommended that you arrive early to your event and make yourself known to Front of House staff so that they can direct you to your seating.

2021 Access Guide

To download the 2021 Fringe Access Guide:

issuu.com/home/published/2021_accessguide_digital_02

For more information about accessibility at the Adelaide Fringe:

adelaidefringe.com.au/accessibility-at-fringe

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