We were hoping that the days of remote Fringing might be behind us. Alas, Omicron had other plans. If you’re looking to get the most out of the Fringe from safe withdrawal, these are the shows to check out.
song of the sky
A collaboration between First Nations artists and British drone art company Celestial, song of the sky is the centerpiece of this year’s Fringe. The artwork is displayed outdoors at the Adelaide Showgrounds, providing a COVID-safe setup for the public to experience one of the main highlights of the festival. song of the sky is narrated by singer, songwriter and activist Archie Roach as part of the moving soundtrack of First Nations song and poetry. Other artists and collaborators include Electric Fields, Iwiri Choir, Nancy Bates, Major Moogy Summer, Jack Buckskin, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Dusty Feet Mob.
February 18—March 20
Change of location: Richard Hamilton Wines, 439 Main Road, McLaren Vale 5171
Stream Sailors! The Sea Shanty Digital Show
After winning two Melbourne Fringe Awards, including the SA Tour Ready Award, this fusion of maritime classics and modern music hits the virtual stages of this Fringe. After sea shanties went viral on TikTok, this group of freelance choir performers were inspired to infuse folk classics with a contemporary a cappella twist. Musical direction and arrangements are by Alex Morris of the Shania Choir, a collective that received notable publicity for telling the life story of Shania Twain. Stream Sailors! also features original remixes by Unearthed Triple J electronic pop artist Will Hannagan (WILLING).
Available from February 21
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Asynchrony: an interactive Minecraft experience
After a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021, Asynchrony will take Adelaide audiences on a virtual adventure. This interactive online event is a video game/theater hybrid designed to give audiences “new levels of control and agency in theatrical experiences.” Participants will venture into an abandoned desert Minecraft server 200 years in the future. The server becomes more unstable by the minute and participants race against time to uncover the secrets of this abandoned world before it is destroyed. Actors and participants are connected by voice throughout the production. Instructions and a performance example are available online.
On your computer
Preparation for the theater
Preparation for the theater is an on-demand production presented by multi-talented Adelaide doctor, composer and performer, Dr Lane Hinchcliffe. This cabaret show challenges the usual tropes of doctors – boring, dry and clinical – as Dr Hinchcliffe offers charm, humor and music to recount his journey from young boy struggling with anxiety to GP and successful musician. Dr Hinchcliffe is a classically trained pianist and singer and was also a writer and composer of The fronta musical which premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2015. All proceeds from this production will be donated to young people’s mental health.
Available from February 18
On demand on Black Box Live
For SAME-SAME 2.0, Adelaide’s No Strings Attached Theater of Disability has partnered with Singapore-based performance companies Theater Today and Diverse Abilities Dance Collectives. Described as “life-affirming,” the work is a dance and theater production celebrating friendships across countries, cultures and abilities. As a spectacle designed by an ensemble, SAME-SAME 2.0 reflects the experiences of performers with disabilities throughout the pandemic, in Australia and Singapore. Viewers are invited to engage from the comfort of their own homes and discover what connects us, what divides us, and how the arts can bring us together.
March 5 & 12
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