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Picaresque Exhibition and Show

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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Robyn Archer is Adelaide showbiz royalty. Her soulful voice has long illuminated productions such as A Pack of Women and A Star is Torn. She is also a past director of the Adelaide Festival. Her latest performance production for the 2019 Adelaide Festival is a totally unique cabaret travelogue. It comes complete with hundreds of paper reproductions of famous and historic landmark buildings (maquettes) from around the world and memorable songs from each place.

Picaresque Exhibition
Picaresque Exhibition


Robyn relates that she realised a while ago that I was unlikely to ever retire, and by the time the schedule eased, I would probably be so short-sighted and arthritic that I couldn't execute the detailed little builds anyway. Thus, Picaresque was born.

Miniature Sydney Opera House
Miniature Sydney Opera House


Not only has Robyn Archer commandeered volunteers to make the wonderfully intricate paper iconic buildings, but she also appears to have never thrown out any travel memorabilia. The exhibition includes a significant collection of tickets, boarding passes, hotel pens and door signs, bathroom toiletries and pyjamas, you name it and Robyn has kept it. This collection is displayed at the entrance to Picaresque.

Part of Robyn Archer's vast collection of travel memorabilia
Part of Robyn Archer's vast collection of travel memorabilia


The cabaret-stylet style show is up close and personal in the Banquet Room at the Adelaide Festival Centre. The audience is treated to Robyn's soulful voice where she is most at home in singing French songs from her beloved second home of Paris. Robyn is accompanied by George Butrumlis on the piano accordion and other instruments. George was an original member of Jo Camelleri's Black Sorrows.

Florence Cathedral Miniature
Florence Cathedral Miniature


The Banquet Room is open daily from 10am for a free viewing of the room full of miniature historic buildings, which are artfully displayed on a collection of old suitcases. The cabaret show is a ticketed event, both the show and exhibition finish this Sunday, March 17, 2019.
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When: Ends March 17, 2019
Where: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre
Cost: $59, Friends $50, Conc $47, U30 $30 - Miniature Exhibition is FREE
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