Something on Saturday 2016 | Program Guide | 23 Apr – 27 Aug 2016

something on saturday 2016

Something on Saturday 2016 – Program Guide

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program continues to delight and entertain thousands of people every year, providing an opportunity to beat the winter blues with many South Australian children enjoying their first theatrical experience through the program.

The 2016 program has something that appeals to all tastes and covers everything from physical theatre, slapstick humour, puppetry, live music, storytelling, ballet, 80’s dance, jazz, flamenco, pop, rock, symphony orchestra, science, juggling, comedy, cabaret, literature, theatre, physical story-telling, singalongs and rhyme.

a frozen tale


This year’s Something on Saturday season will commence with the truly transcendent experience that is The Moon’s A Balloon by award winning children’s theatre company Patch Theatre. Please see our previous Play & Go Review of The Moon’s a Balloon here.

Further highlights from this year’s program include:

1.   Spectacular Science Show by SciWorld will be just that: spectacular! This is a one-stop show that celebrates everything science! Catch smoke rings, see fire balls, marvel at the awesomeness of science and learn about chemistry, energy, forces and so much more. Expect rockets, explosions and some really cool tricks.

2.    Dance lovers will be delighted as the Australian Classical Youth Ballet has you tapping your feet and singing ‘Just a spoon full of sugar’ as they recreate the magic that is Mary Poppins on the Festival Theatre stage.

3.    A Frozen Tale The Ballet by South Australian Children’s Ballet Company has given new life to this timeless story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s, “The Snow Queen”.

4.    Literature lovers will  love The Little Prince. Adapted from one of the most widely read books in history – with 140 million copies sold worldwide – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s adventure story is a timeless classic. The Little Prince is a flight of high adventure and breathtaking imagination.


5.    Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s’ fun lovin characters Andy and Terry from The 52 Storey Treehouse come to life in a play by Richard Tulloch.  The duo set off on a madcap adventure in a world of hungry caterpillars, angry vegetables and ninja snails. Don’t miss this award winning production, winner of Best Production for Children at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards.

6.    The season will finish on 27 August with Heartland. Join the young choristers of Young Adelaide Voices in a celebratory vocal journey through the heart of Australian music.  Imagine the Australian bush in drought, Lake Eyre in full flood and thunder storms in the north. Create rain, lightning, birds and insects as we explore our Australian heart.


The Foundation Kids Corner

While you’re there take advantage of the FREE Foundation Kids Corner Workshops. Each week an art and craft activity complements and is themed to each week’s paid performance on offer.  The workshops are committed to inspiring and stimulating young people and are funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for projects that nurture young people at Adelaide Festival Centre, thereby inspiring young people through the arts, and it is for this reason the workshops are free.



Tickets are now on sale!   Tickets are from $11.50 per person when purchasing tickets to four or more Something on Saturday performances (plus a $6.95 transaction fee per booking, not per ticket), and single tickets are from $14.50 per person (+ transaction fee).

See the Adelaide Festival Centre website here for ticket bookings or click on a show below to go straight to the page.

19 – 23 April 2016 | The Moon’s A Balloon 

30 April 2016 | Spectacular Science Show

7 May 2016 | The Funny Farmers Show

14 May 2016 | Mary Poppins

21 May 2016 | The Carpe idiotus Fun Show

27 – 28 May 2016 | The Little Prince

4 June 2016 | A Frozen Tale – The Ballet

11 June 2016 | The Composer is Dead featuring Frank Woodley & the ASO (Adelaide Cabaret Festival)

12 June 2016 | Family Gala

18 June 2016 | Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz

25 June 2016 | The Doogans

2 July 2016 | The Good Morning Kids Show

9 July 2016 | The Bush Concert

16 July 2016 | Sarah Jones: Catch The Reading Bug

19 – 24 July 2016 | The 52-Storey Treehouse

30 July 2016 | Spike

6 August 2016 | Olé Flamenco Fun for Kids

13 August 2016 | My Family is Weirder Than Your Family

20 August 2016 | Kids Just Wanna Have Fun – Back to the 80s

27 August 2016 | Heartland

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

What: Something on Saturday 2016

When: Saturdays from 23 April – 27 August 2016

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre (various locations)

Who: 2-10 year olds

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.

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