Whenever I book an act at the Fringe, I always hope it is in the garden, as this is the place to be come Fringe time. There is nothing better than soaking up the atmosphere inside the garden under the fairy lights as the sun goes down on a balmy Adelaide evening during summer.
From humble beginnings with just one tent in 2000, the garden has evolved to become the real heart and soul of the Fringe. It's grown organically and recently spilled over Rundle road into Rymill Park where this area (known as Gluttony) has a unique look and feel all its own.
Le Casca Deur features cabaret and comedians. The number of venues has now grown to 11. Image by writer.
It's great to wander amongst the circus tents and odd assortment of temporary structures and pavilions whilst listening to the often humourous spruikers trying to convince people to buy tickets. From the comical, zany, mystifying, edgy, avant-garde to the offbeat, the Garden offers a range of cabaret, comedy, circus, physical theatre and music to thrill all ages.
Some artwork by Mark Ogg-Melbourne painter. Credit Mark Ogg
This adult carnival also has amusement rides, a series of bars (one in a double-decker bus), sideshows, freakshows, buskers and stalls. The garden boasts a range of foods to tempt you including chips in a cone, corn on the cob, Chinese and Indian food, baked potatoes, healthy burgers, vegetarian options and desserts.
The Deluxe tent. Features top comediennes Cal Wilson, Claire Hooper, Hannah Gadsby and Ruby Wax this year. Image by writer.
The Garden of Unearthly Delights is open from the 14th of February to the 17th of March 2013. You can purchase tickets online at FringeTix, from the booth in Rundle Mall or at the entry. Entrance to the garden is free, but there is no stamp-out policy so if you leave you'll have to join the queue to get back in. The Garden is open on the weekends from 10am with a majority of the entertainment aimed at families. The Garden is closed to minors (18 and under) after 10pm.
Although I enjoyed reading your article about the Garden Of Unearthly Delights I thought I should point out a couple of things pertaining to your article.
Firstly a majority of the Bars and Box Office booths located throughout the Garden venue have EFTPOS facilities available.
Also if you don't want to line up buy a ticket to one of the shows, easiest way to get in quicker!
On the weekends the Garden is open from10.00am with a majority of the entertainment is aimed specifically at families in particular the children which goes through to the early evening and as I also understand the garden is only closed to minors (18 and under) from 10pm each day that the Garden is open.
Lastly I would also say that considering the exorbitant cost of public liability and all the health and safety factors at this point in time, unfortunately we possibly will not see the pond area used.
Hope you donít mind if I help clear up these points up for you.
Thanks James,I haven't been for about 5 years, but you have wet my appetite, I've just checked out some acts this year and they look pretty good also thanks mark for the follow up comments about the eftpos and the 10pm close for under 18's