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Top 6 Shows of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2014

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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published February 17th 2014
Check out these must see Fringe shows
Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe The Late Show Umbilical Brothers Limbo Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen-A One Man Show We Should Quit show The Last Lunch-Wizard Sandwiches comedy circus theatre slapstick acrobatics mime stunts illusions Paradiso Spiegeltent
The sign at night at the entrance to the magical world of the Garden. Image by writer.


My favourite picks at the Adelaide Fringe festival for 2014 are:

1.The Late Show- Featuring the best that the Garden of Unearthly Delights has to offer. Features a hand-picked selection from this year's festival. Stay up late to see an all-star circus & comedy extravaganza in a mind-boggling great gala! From Thursday 20th Feb- Sunday 16th March at the Little Big Top in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. All tickets $30 (rated PG- 1 hour).

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe The Late Show comedy circus theatre slapstick acrobatics mime stunts illusions
Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


2. Umbilical Brothers- Shane Dundas and David Collins are a couple of Aussie comedic icons who have been performing around the world for over 7 years. Their performances combine mime with ordinary dialogue and incredible vocal sound effects. Making scant use of props and lighting, they use mimicry, silliness, parody and slapstick to hilarious effect. From Friday 21st Feb- Sun 16th March at the Royalty Theatre in Angas st. Tickets from $35 (rated PG- 1 hour). You can watch a snippet of these guys in action here.

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe Umbilical Brothers
This hugely popular duo have appeared many times on TV. Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


3.Limbo- This internationally acclaimed show was the pick of the Fringe for 2013. Limbo is a dirty, dangerous circus-cabaret; featuring contortion, dance, aerial acrobatics, stunts and illusions set to a great original, live music score. I was lucky enough to witness this irresistible, jaw dropping show last year and it was well worth the price. From Tuesday 18th Feb- Sun 16th March at the Paradiso Spiegeltent in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Tickets from $48 (rated PG- 75 mins).

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe Limbo comedy circus theatre slapstick acrobatics mime stunts illusions
Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


4.Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen- A One Man Show- Two of the stars of The Chaser's War On Everything; Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor team up for a night of witty, insightful, irreverant showcase of brand new sketches and songs. Their dissection of popular culture is tipped to feature daring, never-before-seen concepts such as a Game of Thrones parody, a Kevin Rudd impression, and a lengthy tribute to Rolf Harris. Really? 3 shows only from Friday 28th Feb- Sun 2nd March at the Paradiso Spiegeltent in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Tickets from $35 (rated PG- 60 mins).

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe comedy Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen-A One Man Show
If you enjoyed them in the Hamster Wheel and The Chaser, you'll love them in this. Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


5.We Should Quit- The winner of the best circus at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe; this physical comedy is set in the Corporate world. Explores the lives of two office workers stuck in a rut of their daily, humdrum routine (something that most of us can probably relate to). Combining circus with contemporary clowning "We Should Quit" incorporates traditional circus acts with acrobatics and blurs the line between normal and abnormal. Only 8 performances from Friday 28th Feb- Sun 9th March at Ukiyo, Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square. Tickets from $15 (rated PG- 55 mins).

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe We Should Quit comedy
A comment on modern day life stuck in a Corporation?. Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


6.The Last Lunch- Wizard Sandwiches- Sketch comedy quintet Wizard Sandwiches were winners of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe 'PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD'. Now in Adelaide they are presenting an hour of fast paced, high energy sketches with a large dose of absurdity. 8 shows only from Monay 24th Feb- Tuesday 4th March at Tuxedo Cat at Raj House, 54 Hyde st. Tickets from $13 (rated G- 60 mins).

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe The Last Lunch-Wizard Sandwiches comedy circus theatre slapstick
This poster was clearly inspired by "The Last Supper". Image courtesy Adelaide Fringe website.


The Adelaide Fringe 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 selected outlets.

Garden of Unearthly Delights Adelaide Fringe Idolize tent comedy music drama live theatre
The Idolize Tent is just one of the great venues inside the Garden of Unearthly Delights at this year's Fringe. Image by writer.

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When: 18th Feb- 16th March 2014
Phone: 1300 621 255 for tickets
Where: At various Fringe Festival venues around Adelaide.
Cost: Ticket prices to shows vary.
Your Comment
Deffo agree with Limbo!
by Lifei (score: 1|11) 1753 days ago
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