Adelaide Fringe Reviews

Adelaide Fringe Reviews

See our collection of Fringe Reviews from the best family friendly kids shows to the occasional ‘adults only’ parents night out! 

Each year when Adelaide’s festival season rolls around it’s time to think about booking tickets to the shows you have always wanted to see, or perhaps a family favourite your kids have seen before.  The Play & Go team review a variety of shows each year at the Adelaide Fringe and below you can read our thoughts and check out some pics of past events.

We know it can be a little daunting to know what to go and see, so we hope our reviews help.  Many shows come back year after year, while some may appear at the Fringe only once.  Be sure to check the dates, times, age guide recommendation and venue location before booking tickets.

We also put together a guide each year of family friendly kids shows you can check out HERE.  From comedy and circus to theatre and magic, there’s something for everyone at the Adelaide Fringe.

Sky Song | McLaren Vale | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Sky Song Review - Adelaide Fringe 2022 ★★★★ 4 1/2 stars for a spiritual, cultural and meaningful night of flying ...
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Dart Blaster Arena | Gluttony at Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

Dart Blaster Arena | Gluttony at Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review ★★★★★ Five stars for a cheap, fun way for ...
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Mr Snotbottom’s Stinky Silly Show| Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

Mr Snotbottom’s Stinky Silly Show| Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review ★★★★ 4 stars for silly humour, perfectly aimed at a ...
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Game On 3 | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

Game On 3 | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review ★★★★★ for fast paced fun and video game trivia galore Matty ...
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Art-chery | Gluttony at Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

Art-chery | Gluttony at Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review ★★★★★ Five stars for a novel, artistic and fun activity How ...
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Maho Magic Bar | Adelaide Fringe Review 

Maho Magic Bar - Adelaide Fringe Review ★★★★★ Take a seat and be prepared for a magical, bewildering experience that ...
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MATADOR – sabor de amor | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

MATADOR – sabor de amor at Adelaide Fringe 2022 – Review ★★★★★ 5 stars for a sassy, saucy showstopper (adults ...
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360 ALLSTARS | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

360 ALLSTARS at Adelaide Fringe 2022 - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★★ 5 stars for a supercharged, skill-tastic show We ...
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I’m A Raindrop, Get Me Outta Here! | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

I’m A Raindrop, Get Me Outta Here! - Adelaide Fringe 2022 - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★★ 5 stars for ...
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Electric Dreams: Virtual Reality Swings Volo: Dreams of Flight | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

Electric Dreams Virtual Reality "Volo: Dreams of Flight" - Review ★★★★ 4 stars - soar through the sky and high ...
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The Greatest Magic Show | Adelaide Fringe 2022 | Review

The Greatest Magic Show | Adelaide Fringe 2022 - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ 4 stars for magical fun You ...
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Natural Habitat – Mermaids of Rymill Park | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Natural Habitat – Mermaids of Rymill Park | Adelaide Fringe 2022 - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ 4 stars for ...
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Splash Test Dummies | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Dive into some serious circus fun with the Splash Test Dummies! by Sharon Harrington ★★★★ 4 Stars for splash-tastic family ...
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Peter Combe in Fix the Fence with Sticky Tape | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Timeless children’s entertainer still has the kids dancing in the aisles Review by Sharon Harrington When I think of classic ...
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RCC 2021 | Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga | Adelaide Fringe | Review

RCC 2021 - Fringe fun for all ages RCC 2021 is a completely reimagined open-air program of music, performing arts, ...
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Disco Wonderland | Adelaide Fringe 2021 | Review

Disco Wonderland - Dancing Til Dawn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 A shimmering musical sensation that will have you smiling from start to finish, ...
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Chicksal 500 | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Chicksal 500 at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Review By Cath Leo An all-star line up of ...
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Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid’s Tale | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Circus Wonderland - A Mermaids Tale at the Adelaide Fringe 2021 | Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale, ...
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Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show at the Adelaide Fringe | Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 Stars Review By Sharon Harrington ...
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Anne Edmonds & Lloyd Langford | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Business with Pleasure at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review By Cath Leo Anne and Lloyd might ...
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Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale – Bonkers! | Adelaide Fringe Review

Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale - Bonkers! | Adelaide Fringe 2021 Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – 4½ Stars! ‘Bonkers’ is a hypnosis show ...
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Borealis Light Show | Gluttony | Adelaide Fringe Review 2021

Borealis Light Show at Gluttony ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ See Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka like you’ve never seen it before. Borealis is a captivating experience ...
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Mr. Snot Bottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really Bad, Bad Show | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Mr. Snot Bottom - is his Fringe show really that terrible, horrible and really really bad? By Brooke Hendry ★★★★ ...
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The African Elephant of My Heart: Dance Extravaganza | Adelaide Fringe | Review

The African Elephant of My Heart: Dance Extravaganza kids’ show at the Adelaide Fringe – Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ ...
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Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret | Adelaide Fringe | Review

New Decade, New Show! Introducing... Baby Cabaret! by Ashleigh Grant ★★★½- 3½ Stars for some wiggly, giggly fun! Are you ...
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Peter Helliar – Loopy | Adelaide Fringe Review

Peter Helliar's Loopy - Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review by Cath Leo ★★★★½ - 4½ Stars for humankind hilarity 'Loopy' is ...
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Nath Valvo: Chatty Cathy | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Nath Valvo’s Chatty Cathy comedy show at the Adelaide Fringe – Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ ½ - 4.5 Stars ...
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An Evening with Fiona O’Loughlin & Mickey D | Adelaide Fringe Review

Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review - An Evening with Fiona O'Loughlin & Mickey D by Cath Leo ★★★½ - 3½ Stars ...
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Isaac Lomman : Hypnotised | Adelaide Fringe Review

Isaac Lomman's Hypnotised at the Adelaide Fringe - Review by Cath Leo ★★★★½ - 4½ Stars for hypnotic hilarity I'd ...
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Nikki Britton – One Small Step | Adelaide Fringe Review

Nikki Britton - One Small Step - Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review by Cath Leo ★★★★★ 5 Stars for hysterically relatable ...
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The Garden Gala | Adelaide Fringe Review

The Garden Gala - Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review by Cath Leo ★★★★½ - 4½ stars for a great value sampler ...
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Three Little Sisters: An Andrews Sisters Tribute | Adelaide Fringe | Review

An Andrews Sisters Tribute at the Adelaide Fringe – Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★★ 5 Stars for wartime nostalgia The ...
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Massaoke Musicals | Adelaide Fringe Review

Massaoke Musicals at the Adelaide Fringe 2020 - Review by Cath Leo ★★★★ 4 Stars for a joyous show This ...
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Matt Hale: Feelgood Factory | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Matt Hale's Feelgood Factory at the Adelaide Fringe - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★½ - 4½ stars for energetic fun! ...
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Boss Squad | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Boss Squad at the Adelaide Fringe - Review ★★★★ 4 Stars for female strength and empowerment Five fearless female performers ...
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Blanc de Blanc Encore | Adelaide Fringe Review

Blanc de Blanc Encore - Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review by Cath Leo ★★★★★ 5 Stars for breathtaking brilliance Oh my ...
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The Extraordinary Guests of Hotel Richmond | Adelaide Fringe | Review

The Extraordinary Guests of Hotel Richmond at the Adelaide Fringe - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ 4 Stars for immersive ...
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Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster | Adelaide Fringe Review

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster - Adelaide Fringe Review 2020 by Cath Leo ★★★★★ 5 Stars for beatboxing brilliance ...
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Hotel Paradiso | Circus Show | Adelaide Fringe Review 2020

Hotel Paradiso - a Fun Circus Show for the Whole Family at the Adelaide Fringe ★★★★½ - 4½ stars for ...
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Don’t Mess With The Dummies | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Don't Mess with the Dummies at the Adelaide Fringe - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★ 4 Stars for 'cool bananas' ...
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Amity Dry: Highway Superstar | Adelaide Fringe | Review

Amity Dry's Highway Superstar show at the Adelaide Fringe - Review by Carla Caruso ★★★★★ 5 Stars for feel-good fun ...
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Luminarium: Daedalum Inflatable Walk-in Sculpture | RCC | Adelaide Fringe | 14 Feb – 15 Mar 2020

Luminarium: Daedalum Transport yourself into a world of radiant colour, labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes. Experience the surprising luminosity, calming ...
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Redskin Candy Soft Serve & Fairy Floss Dessert – A Must For Dessert Lovers at Gluttony | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

Redskin Candy Soft Serve, Fairy Floss & Toasted Marshmallow - Dessert Heaven at Gluttony, Adelaide FringeIf you love a sweet ...
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Rebel | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

If you’ve got time to squeeze in one more Fringe show this festival, make it ‘Rebel’ ★★★★★ 5 Stars “I ...
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Inside the Walls: A Giant Pop-Up Book Ghost Story | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

Inside the Walls: A Giant Pop-Up Book Ghost Story Offering a change of pace and encouraging kids to use their ...
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Back on Board! | adelaide fringe review 2019

Back on Board! Adelaide Fringe Review 2019 Cheesier than a platter of cubed-cheddar on jatz, ‘Back on Board’ is a ...
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Orbital + Severed Heads + Guests | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

For one night only we let a couple of Play & Go Dads out to play at The Adelaide Fringe ...
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Enchantments | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

Enchantments | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019 Kids and adults who are intrigued by magic will enjoy Pierre Ulric's show, 'Enchantments' ...
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Abandoman Pirate Radio | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

Abandoman – Pirate Radio Fringe Festival Review Adelaide Fringe review by Susannah Marks, 28 February 2019 We had been wandering through ...
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Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams | Adelaide Fringe 2019 Review

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams ★★★★★ 5 Stars Circus Abyssinia will have you smiling from beginning to end with their thoroughly ...
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FINALE – Australian Premiere | Adelaide Fringe 2019 Review

FINALE - Australian Premiere ★★★★★ 5 Stars Finale's Australian premiere at the Adelaide Fringe features eight friends from Berlin who ...
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The Choir of Man – A Rollicking Good Time | Adelaide Fringe Review 2019

A rollicking night out with mates at the local pub, ‘The Jungle’, with singing, dancing – and beer! ★★★★★ Rollicking ...
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Card Ninja – Extreme Fun With Cards | Adelaide Fringe 2019 Review

Card Ninja - extreme fun for all ★★★★★ 5 Stars for unique family fun New Zealander Javier Jarquin is the ...
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360 Allstars | Adelaide Fringe 2019 Review

360 Allstars Review - February 2019 Our reviewers were lucky enough to check out the all-new show from the international ...
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Bubblegum Cabaret by Circus Oz | Adelaide Fringe 2019 Review

Circus Oz are back in town bringing their unique flair and own brand of fun to The Fringe. Circus Oz ...
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Yabarra – Gathering of Light | The Most Stunning and Important Light & Sound Display You Need To See | Fringe 2019

Yabarra - Gathering of Light - Fringe 2019 Free Event/Family Friendly | Karrawirra Parri, River Torrens (Adelaide University footbridge) Stunning, ...
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Deviant Women | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

Deviant Women - Adelaide Fringe Review 2018 by Catherine Leo I always love to do a 'Girls Night out' for ...
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Adelaide Fringe Kids’ Reviews | 2018

Adelaide Fringe 2018 Kids' Review Whilst the Play & Go team have been out and about reviewing many shows at ...
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Sticks Stones Broken Bones | Stirling Fringe 2018 | Review

Sticks Stones Broken Bones at the Stirling Fringe 2018| Review Sticks Stones Broken Bones is just one of 38 shows that ...
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I am Basketball Man | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

I am Basketball Man | Adelaide Fringe Review 2018 by Catherine Leo If you're one of the thousands who have ...
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The Birds and the Beats | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

The Birds and the Beats Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review by Ali Moylan Book the babysitter, gather some girlfriends or plan ...
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Stirling Fringe | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

  Stirling Fringe | Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review The Stirling Fringe is great for those looking for a unique fringe ...
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Attic | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

Attic | Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review by Catherine Leo Local circus company Outside the Lines bring their new show 'Attic' ...
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Royal Croquet Club | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

Royal Croquet Club | Adelaide Fringe Review Royal Croquet Club - you can't play croquet, but you can roller skate! ...
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Paul Dabek – Encore! | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

Paul Dabek - Encore! | Adelaide Fringe Review Paul Dabek brings his lightning-sharp wit and mesmerising magic to the stage in ...
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GROUNDED: Pop Up Precinct | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

GROUNDED: A new pop up precinct for kids and their adults | Review GROUNDED was a new pop-­up precinct set up ...
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Saltbush – Children’s Cheering Carpet | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

Saltbush - Children's Cheering Carpet | Adelaide Fringe Review Saltbush - Children's Cheering Carpet takes children on a magical, playful, ...
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The Revolting Children of Tomorrow | Star Academy | Adelaide Fringe Review 2018

The Revolting Children of Tomorrow | Star Academy  - Fringe Review You’ll be hooked right from the beginning with a ...
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Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour | Adelaide Fringe Review 2018

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour | Adelaide Fringe Review Starting at Malls Balls | Rundle Mall by Ali Moylan ...
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A Simple Space | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

A Simple Space | Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review by Catherine Leo of Catherine Leo Photography A day after viewing the ...
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Jackson vs Jackson by Gospo Collective | Adelaide Fringe Review 2018

Jackson vs Jackson by Gospo Collective | Adelaide Fringe Review Peacock Tent | Gluttony - Corner Rundle Street & East ...
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Attrape Moi! (Catch Me) | Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review

  Attrape Moi! (Catch Me) | Adelaide Fringe Review Peacock Tent | Gluttony - Corner Rundle Street & East Terrace, ...
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Chores | Adelaide Fringe | Review | 2018

Chores The simplest things in life are often the best and that's definitely true of this very funny show which ...
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360 Allstars | Adelaide Fringe 2018 | Review

360 Allstars Adelaide Fringe 2018 Review by Catherine Leo The 360 Allstars is a spectacular fusion of live music, stunts ...
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Le Petit Circus | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Le Petit Circus | Review Le Petit Circus features four energetic and dynamic performers who display their skills with enthusiasm ...
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Fauna at the Adelaide Fringe | Review

Fauna Adelaide Fringe Review A five star fabulous show, and winners of the Best Circus and Physical Theatre Award at the ...
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13! The Musical | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

13! The Musical | Review On Broadway this show by Jason Robert Brown is the only musical ever with a ...
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Funtastico | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Funtastico | Fringe Review This mysterious show is all about the power of imagination. Pierre Ulric talks about the power ...
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HONK! Jr | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

HONK! Jr Review | Adelaide Fringe By Catherine Leo "Honk! Jr" is an exceptionally high quality production of a modern ...
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Balloonatics | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Balloonatics | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review Set in "The Bunka" of the Austral Hotel, this show is slightly on ...
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Super Amazing Giant Girl | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Super Amazing Giant Girl | Fringe with Little Ones Review by Baby & Toddler Destinations Adelaide Best for 2 years ...
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Kid/Dub Time Machine | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Kid/Dub Time Machine Review Dust off your party pants: 11am is the new 11pm! If you've been missing those days ...
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Like it or Loop it | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Like it or Loop It | Review by Catherine Leo Adam Page has a face that radiates joy and a genuine ...
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Singin In the Rain JR | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Singing in the Rain | Adelaide Fringe Review It's hard to believe that a cast of 10 to 18 year ...
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Out of this World | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Out Of This World | Fringe Review Set in the cosy Spiegel Zelt Tent, this little show tells the story ...
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Little Death Club | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | One for the Grown Ups Only – Review

Little Death Club | Review Many laughs but not for those who are easily offended It had been a busy ...
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Cirque Africa | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Cirque Africa at the Adelaide Fringe | Review 100% African 100% Energy 100% Fun Review by Susannah Marks If you’ve ...
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Loose Ends | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Loose Ends Wallace & Gromitt meet Mr Bean meets Tim Burton in this charming and highly visual show about magic ...
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Children Are Stinky | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Children Are Stinky Don’t miss this fabulous circus comedy. Hot off the back of five star sell-out seasons in Melbourne ...
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Soweto Gospel Choir | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

The Soweto Gospel Choir at the Royal Croquet Club is an energetic and lively show for music lovers. The Soweto ...
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360 Allstars | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

"A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a ...
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Inside the Walls | Adelaide Fringe 2017 | Review

Prepare for unexpected surprises, scary shadows & shoes that walk themselves as performer Theresa O’Connor combines pop-up books, puppetry, video ...
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Brat Kids Carnival | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

The show began before the show! In the 10 minutes of so before the Brat Kids Carnival was due to ...
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A Simple Space | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

A Simple Space is back at the Adelaide Fringe again and it's still a must-see show. It's wonderful to see ...
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Undertone | Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 | Review

Undertone presents audiences with an experiment in the integration of electronic music and circus. Each year the Fringe Festival program ...
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Defrosted | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

Defrosted: Clowns do that frosty film! "Love that frosty film or hate it, you will laugh your stripy socks off ...
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Diary of an Everyday Kid | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

'Diary of an Everyday Kid' is a production from the Prospect Theatre for Young People, filled with positive messages, aimed at ...
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Aaaand Now for… Kiddo Kaos | Adelaide Fringe Festival | Review

Improv-Comedy masters, Racing Minds, present a kid-friendly hour of improvised hilarity. Playing in the gorgeous venue, The Producers Garden on ...
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The Stone Lion | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

The Stone Lion by Meerkat Productions | Review The Stone Lion is a delightful theatre production based on the book ...
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Bubble Show With Milkshake | Adelaide Fringe 2016 | Review

'Bubble Show with Milkshake' is a high energy, engaging, bubble extravaganza appearing on the beautiful Jade Monkey stage during the ...
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