The Inflatable Church | Adelaide Fringe 2024 | Review

The Inflatable Church: Adelaide Fringe 2024

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  stars for a one-of-a-kind, interactive, loved-up experience 

Review by Carla Caruso

It’s hard to even know how to begin describing this Fringe experience, it’s so out there. Maybe you’ve heard about it on the radio!

Adelaide has an inflatable church in Light Square / Wauwi during the festival – and you can get married there (not legally), renew your vows, or just be a guest watching strangers tie the knot.

The UK-based Reverend Duncan Pritchard and his partner, Tamara Jones, dreamed up the concept church, which has been running for two decades around the globe.

Their aim is to ‘marry’ 12 couples per day throughout the Adelaide Fringe. Dubbed ‘The Love Army’, their team can help create a zany, spoof-style ceremony “where no two weddings are ever the same”.

If you wish to say ‘I do’ at the church, you can do so for $100. The $100 ‘wedding party’ ticket admits up to four people in the wedding party, with access to the dressing room, costumes, and a personalised ceremony.

Otherwise, you can just pay witness to the immersive show – and be part of the congregation – with a $10 ticket.

Forget church songs here. The vibe’s more like a dance party with tracks like Mousse T’s Horny playing. (Up to you whether you bring the kids!) The reverend could be straight out of Las Vegas.

Inside the church is a little squashy but an air-conditioner cools things down. If you’re height-challenged, try to get a spot near the front as the ceremony is all standing.

After the lucky couple (or two) have said their vows, you’ll probably do a wedding arch for them and maybe even a conga line out the door, plus feature in a group photo.

The whole thing only takes half an hour from go to whoa, but it’s a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never repeat. It feels a bit like you’re starring in a quirky movie like Four Weddings and a Funeral. You’ll leave on a high! 

The experience would be great paired with another show or dinner and drinks afterwards. (Peel and Leigh streets are not faraway.)

The Inflatable Church is open Friday to Sunday, from 3pm to 9pm, and is being run in collaboration with the Adelaide City Council.

February is known as the ‘month of love’, with Valentine’s Day smack-bang in the middle. So, it’s a good time to get in the spirit and feel the lurve!


family friendly adelaide fringe shows 2024

Review by Carla Caruso

For more information, please visit the Adelaide Fringe website.

All photos by Carla Caruso and Sharon Harrington for Play & Go Adelaide (unless specified)

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