It's hard to narrow down over one-thousand shows of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the largest in the southern hemisphere, down to a formidable highlight list worth taking seriously.
Inevitably, everyone's taste differs, and shows that you might lose your mind in laughter to could struggle to elicit anything beyond a nostril exhale from those you've dragged along with you. Such is the beauty of the arts, and the Adelaide Fringe which brings them all to our doorstep.
With differing tastes in mind, This Is Radelaide has put together a six show shortlist for consideration for this upcoming Fringe season. There's always quantity, but we've tried to pick just some of the quality diamonds in the rough on show this season.
LEWIS GARNHAM: THE WORLD I LIVE IN
February 16 – March 4
Lewis Garnham is a straight, white, middle class Australian male. He's statistically one of the most privileged people on the planet — yet he still finds the world he lives in to be a tricky, terrifying, and sometimes s**t-house place. He's spent the last year analysing the world that he lives in, and now he wants to share it with you.
After taking home Adelaide Comedy's 2015 Best Newcomer award, Lewis' debut solo show was awarded a commendation by The Fringe. Last year, Lewis was the South Australian finalist of RAW Comedy's national competition, appearing on-stage at the Melbourne International Comedy festival.
His 2017 show is expected to be a stellar performance, and a proud demonstration of how the emerging comedian's journey is starting to take shape.
Feb 7 – March 19
SOAP, the indisputable hit of the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, returns in 2017 to delight audiences with its bath-time antics, exuberating acrobatics and wet wit.
Immediately enthralling and accessible for all ages, SOAP is a splash-filled fusion of contemporary circus, comedy, physical theatre and cabaret.
A dazzling range of water-soaked routines performed to an exciting and eclectic soundtrack delivers 70-minutes of genuine showmanship with seemingly effortless grace.
From moments of divine beauty – a captivating gymnastic performance on a bath ledge – to a humorous love story between two feet, SOAP has captivated the hearts of millions the world over.
Rove McManus – That's Me Talking
March 9 – 12
Rove McManus started out as a stand-up comedian and has gone on to become Australia's most successful talk show host, and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television.
Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own tonight show. Rove hit the prime time schedule in 2000 with Rove Live on Network Ten after a brief late night stint on the Nine Network in 1999. The show played host to some of the planet's biggest names with the likes of Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, The Duchess of York and U2 taking time out to chat with Rove.
Rove has also been a three-time recipient of Australia's most prestigious television award, the oddly named Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality.
Residing in Sydney these days, Rove McManus has spent the last year becoming a regular on the stand-up circuit in the harbour city - he's been enjoying the hell out of it, and can't wait to come back to Adelaide with his latest hour of jokes.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Feb 17 – Mar 5
Direct from North East Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations Djuki Mala are back by popular demand after storming WOMADelaide in 2016 and selling out their Garden performances in 2015.
Stirring from 2007's viral clip 'Zorba the Greek', they’ve thrilled audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia and the world, most recently Europe and the Middle East including Lebanon, Egypt and Cyprus, attracting massive media interest and multiple awards and nominations.
Unique, infectious and high-energy, Djuki Mala present an exciting fusion of traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop-culture, dance and storytelling, to ultimately create a work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning (with a hefty dose of heart and soul).
Members of Djuki Mala have also appeared in film and television including: ABC TV’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’, Secret River, Move It Mob Style, Bran Nue Dae, Totally Wild and Kids WB.
They have performed alongside high profile Australia artists including: John Butler, Jessica Mauboy and Yothu Yindi to name a few.
March 8 – 19
One of the biggest hits of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and following on from a highly acclaimed season on London’s Southbank; the most raucous, cheeky and weirdly sexy cabaret circus to ever hit Australian shores has found a new Adelaide home in 2017, amongst the circus, cabaret and craziness of Gluttony.
Daring, daft and sexy as hell, BARBU is packed with astonishing acrobatics and perfectly-groomed beards, this is cabaret but not as you know it. Performed by one of the world’s greatest circus companies – Canada’s Cirque Alfonse.
A spectacularly raucous and sexy circus, BARBU takes edge-of-your-seat, off-the-wall entertainment to a whole other level with breathtakingly sweaty performances.
Set to a heart thumping score performed live, circus thrills and mayhem collides in this adventure of almighty skills and muscly torsos.
Wil Anderson – Critically Wil
March 6 – 12, 14 – 19
When not pointing out how the world spins on Gruen, you'll find Wil Anderson touring the clubs and theatres of the world, building a formidable following in the U.S., UK, Canada, and beyond. His Australian tours fill our biggest theatres, earning him five People's Choice Awards at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
There is no doubt that Wil is a world class comedian at the top of his craft. His stand up is a densely written, high-speed ride through one of the world's most wonderful comedic imaginations — his 2016 show, 'Fire At Wil', was considered by audiences and critics his best show yet.
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