Saturday 2nd March. The hottest day so far – 41 degrees. The locals call this period in their calendar Mad March. The Fringe begins mid-February and runs for a month through to mid-March. This weekend, there is a massive road race around the city streets called the Super Loop 500, part of series of car races across Australia. They used to have the Grand Prix here until it moved to Melbourne a few years ago. With Adelaide Festival starting this weekend (like the official Edinburgh Festival) and WomAdelaide next week, the city is absolutely buzzing with people and activity. They say very little happens the rest of the year, so definitely a good time to visit!
I took in another couple of shows back to back at Holden Street Theatres – Build a Rocket and Games. Both shows have been gathering 5 star reviews and winning awards here, so I’m glad I managed to get tickets. Build a Rocket was especially good and brilliantly performed. A young girl from Scarborough gets pregnant. She thinks he’s the love of her life, he goes off with her mate. It could all spiral downwards in a familiar way, but things turn out pretty well in the end. Great writing and high-quality performance. Very highly recommended.
Games was a heavier piece about Jewish athletes in the time of 1936 Berlin Olympics – with some very relevant contemporary references. Again, beautifully written and great two-hander cast. Enjoyment was spoilt due to the excessive heat in the room – like watching serious theatre in a sauna! Highly recommended.
Then a music gig at one of the most famous venues in Adelaide – The Gov. This was where South Australian band Colcannon recorded their live album (I arranged a UK tour for them back in 2000). Great one-off show of British 60s music, which had the (mostly 65+ audience rocking the dance floor! Top quality band from Adelaide. Great fun.
Finally a spin round Gluttony and a second helping of George Glass Proves the Existence of God for some fringe madness to end the night. This is a great fringe festival!