The Adelaide Fringe is always an exciting time of the year with so much entertainment on offer in and around the city and stretching out to regional areas of South Australia.
The beauty of an open-access arts festival as unique as the Adelaide Fringe is that anyone with a show, exhibition or cultural event is able to register and be part of Australia’s largest arts event, creating one of the most diverse arts festivals in the world. Renowned for fresh ideas, spontaneity and fun, the Adelaide Fringe is not to be missed!
The Adelaide Fringe runs for four weeks from mid-February to mid-March and there is something for absolutely everyone on offer, from street theatre and circus acts to world-class music, cabaret, theatre and comedy. Be sure to get your tickets early to the shows you want to see as many sell out fast.
Children’s Events at the Adelaide Fringe:
The Fringe Guide is out now and loaded full of shows and events suitable for all ages. There are over 70 ‘Children’s Shows and Events’ this year.
Adelaide Fringe Reviews – CLICK HERE to read all our Reviews from this year and previous years.
If you find it overwhelming going through the Fringe Guide and don’t know what to go and see, check out our list here of shows or performers we’ve seen before, and some new ones we’re looking forward to seeing this year.
Here are some family-friendly shows to look out for this year:
Peter Combe in Live It Up and Fry An Egg On a Slippery Dip!!
Peter Combe and the Theatre Bugs return this year with lots of faves such as Newspaper Mama, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Live It Up, Ting Tang Teng Tong, Lullaby for Thom, Chish & Fips, The Silly Postman, Sleepy Head and everyone’s favourite Wash Your Face in Orange Juice. The show is full of great songs, wonderful musicianship, colourful costumes and fabulous dancing and singing from Theatre Bugs.
Indigenous dance sensations and landmark dance/theatre company that took the world by storm present their self-titled internationally acclaimed smash hit production for the very last time in Adelaide. Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling.
Musical Moments’, is a series of Fringe Shows presented by Promise Adelaide. With ‘Musical Moments’, each of three Fringe performances feature hits from popular shows such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Wicked’ and ‘Grease’ as well as lesser known material from new Broadway shows and films.
In 2018, the Adelaide Theatre Academy wowed audiences with a vibrant and thrilling Little Shop of Horrors. This year, they’re back with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ much loved novel, Oliver Twist.
Tony Roberts : I’m a Magician Get Me Out of Here
Mind-blowing escapology and magical mayhem are unleashed by Covent Garden’s cheekiest and funniest street performer. For humans 8-80+
Mr Snot bottom’s Horrible, Terrible, Really, Really Bad, Bad Show Live at Adelaide Fringe
Join the downright disgustingly distasteful Mr Snot bottom in a brand new show as he attempts to perform the most elegantly magnificent and preciously important master-work of his career. Expect a horrendous hour of the most appalling acting, stupidest scripts, just-dumb dialogue, pathetic pantomime and thoughtless theatre in such a putrid performance of horrid humour, that will make you absolutely, utterly…love every minute.
Cinderella – the Untold Story
This is a fun quirky version of the fairy tale of Cinderella. The ballet, choreographed by Csaba Buday, will take you on a journey through a madly ingenious and zany world. Watch what happens to the infamous shoe and see the turn around of events at the wedding.
Splash Test Dummies
The Dummies are back with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions. See an array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.
FRINGE REVIEWS 2019
The international smash hit urban circus returns to Adelaide and this year includes 3 new members and new routines.
A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus.
A riotous display of Ninja skills, comedy and card stunts that follows one man on his quest to become a Ninja using nothing more than ordinary playing cards as weapons.
Tribute to Rock
A kid’s show starring kids and created for kids. The cast of mini rock stars (ages 7-18) will have the audience singing, dancing and air guitaring the night away. Stunning costumes full of sequins and sparkles add some wow factor. This show will be showing at Star Academy, a perfect intimate venue for this interactive show.
Experience Circus Oz’s finest acrobats popping and snapping some seriously awesome tricks in ‘Bubblegum Cabaret’ – a colourful, hilarious, circus cabaret created especially for kids!
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Fusing astonishing stunts with enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia follows the journey of two little Ethiopian brothers whose dream of joining the circus becomes a joy-filled reality. The boys are plunged into a world of daredevil wonders, where they encounter a host of other circus dreamers: dancing, contorting, gravity-defying figures, all weaving tales of their own. Featuring the inimitable Abyssinia Troupe, this show is a fantastical retelling of how the cast dreamed of the circus in a country without one and came together to create a phenomenal new Ethiopian tradition.
“At the edges of reality, everything is possible.” International performer, Pierre Ulric, presents a whimsical display of cutting-edge fantasy magic, aiming at delighting the imaginative minds of all ages from 8 years upwards. Learn some spells, make some potions, levitate objects, manipulate time and explore new dimensions.
The Choir of Man
A night of unadulterated entertainment that combines high energy dance, live music and foot stomping choreography with the talent of nine ordinary guys who perform everything from sing-along classics to classic rock. The show captures the experience of a pub gig and even has a real working bar from which the cast will pull pints and invite audience members to come and drink in the action. The show is rated G and is family-friendly and unoffensive, so definitely a good show for the older kids especially.
A show of eight friends, all top-class artists and musicians, coming together to let their crazy ideas run loose. Urged on by driving live drums, they chase from one grand ‘FINALE’ to the next. Inspired by the sound of the underground, film stunts, and traditional circus tricks, ‘FINALE’ pays the city of Berlin, Germany its brazen tribute – a breathless, wild, and exuberant display. In the spirit of the show, the audience is invited to be a part of a thrilling, collective circus experience, ending with a drink under the disco ball when the evening goes from show to party.
OTHER FRINGE SHOWS & REVIEWS
Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Winter Bubble
This year’s show sees Dr Bubble retelling a classic children’s story to get Mini Milkshake to go to bed. Like bubbles in bubbles, it’s a story within a story filled with puppets, laughs a minute and huge bubbles.
Dinosaur Time Machine
Dinosaur Time Machine incorporates up to date science and discoveries made about dinosaurs and the world that they lived in, and presents it in a fun and highly visual way, incorporating circus, puppetry, simple narrative and imaginative play. This unique and educational theatre production is aimed at children aged 3-9.
Inside the Walls: A Giant Pop-Up Book Ghost Story
Prepare for unexpected surprises, scary shadows and shoes that walk themselves in this dark tale of pop-up books, puppetry, video animation and surround sound. Join performer Theresa O’Connor in this exhilarating adventure story designed for children to overcome their fears and expand their imagination.
Le Petit Circus
‘Le Petit Circus’ is a family circus extravaganza. In 2019 ‘Le Petit Circus’ returns with a brand new show for the whole family featuring amazing acrobatics and stacks of silliness. This is suited for children aged 2+ and the young at heart.
Brat Kids Carnival
A high-energy super fun afternoon show for all ages – brought to you by the finest team of circus artists and mischief makers behind international touring sensation Briefs. Ideal for youngsters who enjoy wild circus skills, pumping music, ridiculous acts of amazement and eye-popping party tricks. A noisy, fun, silly afternoon for all ages.
I Am Basketball Man
In this 1 man basketball circus, Basketball Man tells his true life story using comedy, singing, rap, stunts and the best basketball tricks you’ve never seen before.
Children are Stinky
High calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack and genuine belly laughs have propelled the Australian acrobatic duo to a non-stop multi award winning world tour. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lighting fast hula hoops, loads of laughs & mischievous fun.
Aaaand Now For MORE Kiddo Kaos!
A crazy mash of absurd improvised games, driven by junior conspirators’ live suggestions. Each unique show stuffed with hilarious characters and LOTS of daft jokes. Mayhem, music and merriment for all ages featuring members of ‘Racing Minds’ and ‘Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes’.
Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall
Adelaide’s own, DJ Monski Mouse is a hit with the under fives and their parents/carers. Expect bouncing, bonkers, bopping fun to retro hits and funky nursery rhymes, hosted by Monski Mouse and her Dancers.
Mickster’s Magic Gadgets
Mickster the Trickster needs some kids to help him find his missing cheeseburger before he gets super super “hangry”. Mickster includes family entertainment and interactivity in his new-age high tech magic show. Filled with GIZMOS, GADGETS and CLUES, the kids become part of the show and help him find that burger.
Amazing Drumming Monkeys
Australia’s favourite little puppet show is back at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. The Monkey show combines puppetry, live music (played by the puppets themselves), comedy, and heartwarming themes, to deliver a fun filled interactive show for the whole family.
Tessa Waters: How to be a Rockstar
Kids, it’s time to pull on your best rock ‘n’ roll outfit and get ready to release your inner rock legend with air guitar, dancing and hit song lyrics. This high-octane hour of hilarious high-energy fun from multi-award-winning comedian Tessa Waters will have all youngsters feeling like true rock stars and at the same time will promote body positivity.
Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour
Guru Dudu and his Village People return to Adelaide. Everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the hilarious commentary and the dance-mix of uplifting favourites from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & 00’s. Participants get to make spontaneous flash-mobs around city icons.
Last year, Play & Go got the real critics (kids) to review some of the family-friendly Adelaide Fringe shows. With many of the 2018 shows returning in 2019, have a look at what some little ones thought of the shows HERE.
Every year there are also a variety of family-friendly events to attend for FREE.
From the Opening Street Party, Yabarra – Gathering of Light and events all over Adelaide, there is plenty to see and do without having to buy a ticket. Read more about FREE family-friendly Fringe events HERE.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Fringe Festival website
What: The Adelaide Fringe Festival | Family Friendly Shows
When: Friday 15 February – Sunday 17 March 2019
Where: Various locations and venues across South Australia
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image sources: Adelaide Fringe website, Play & Go Adelaide, Cath Leo Photography
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