Ra – Live At The Adelaide Planetarium Review

In another case of the Fringe unearthing hidden gems around our city, Ra teaches us that UniSA has a planetarium at their Mawson Lakes campus. This is an amazing device, but Ra fails to use its potential, with much of the show looking like the menu screen of a Halo game. Continue reading “Ra – Live At The Adelaide Planetarium Review”

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On The Shoulders Of Goons Review

For some background information I interviewed the show’s creator afterwards. I felt this added something to a straight-out review.

Not having seen anything Goon Show-related in last year’s Fringe, hospitality student Nicholas Coughlin decided to take a risk and write his own tribute to the radio plays of Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, resulting in On The Shoulders Of Goons. Continue reading “On The Shoulders Of Goons Review”

Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror Review

This was my highlight of the 2011 Fringe. If you ever get the chance to see Nosferatu with a live score, take it.

Nosferatu may no longer have the capacity to scare, but when mixed with an original score performed in front of you this film can still creep you out, and leave you with an eerie feeling as you leave the cinema that modern horror can’t match. Continue reading “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror Review”

Movin’ Melvin Brown Review

This was one of the later reviews for Buzzcuts, and I began to play around with the format. Whether this was successful or self-indulgent remains to be seen.

I’ve always wanted to be able to tap-dance, but with one condition – that it requires no hard work on my part to become really skilled. With this an unlikely pipedream it was worth seeing Fringe veteran Melvin Brown perform this old-fashioned, but very entertaining art live, along with music, comedy and a history lesson. While it only further crushed my dream of tap-dancing fame, it did feature three of my favourite things – Tap-dancing, rhythm & blues, and bow ties (bow ties are cool).

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Goering’s Defence Review

Goering’s Defence returns after sell-out shows in 2008, and we can only hope Ross Gurney-Randall will return next Fringe to again portray a man many would call a monster, but few could say they know much about.

Hermann Goering was Adolf Hitler’s second-in-command, and was one of the few high-ranking Nazis to be taken alive. With a chair and clever lighting, Gurney-Randall creates Goering’s last night before he is to be hanged, and the simple staging only magnifies the power of the performance. From the moment he walks on stage you cannot look away, and he maintains your absolute attention for eighty minutes. The play shifts from Goering in his cell to the Nuremberg Trials, with the play quoting exact transcripts from the trials to make sure historical accuracy is maintained. These sections break up the monologue, and also serve to shift towards a new area of Goering’s fascinating life. Continue reading “Goering’s Defence Review”

CreativiT.V Review

This was my first review of the 2011 Fringe, and while the show wasn’t awful, it differed from how it was advertised. I’ve since heard a full album of Emily Davis and she’s definitely an artist to watch.

The show is advertised as a musical journey into an alternate universe where television never existed. This is a clever concept worth exploring, but it’s not what this show is about. Rather, CreativiT.V serves as a showreel for the two performers (Mikki Ross and Emily Davis), allowing them to display their various talents. This is fine, although those who come to the show expecting witty analysis of how television has affected our lives may leave disappointed. Continue reading “CreativiT.V Review”

Whose Line Is It Anyway? Review

A great show, which I paid actual money to see again later in the week.

Four middle-aged men walk out onto a stage in a tent at Gluttony, which is like a less-hectic-and-slightly-further-south Garden of Unearthly Delights. The only props they have are cheap plastic chairs and the only lines they’ve learnt are ‘welcome to the show’. After that it could end up anywhere. Continue reading “Whose Line Is It Anyway? Review”

Craig Egan from Adelaide Comedy Interview

As part of the Buzzcuts training, we had to interview someone involved with the Fringe, but who wasn’t a performer. I’ve kept in touch with Craig, and may use him as a contact to find comedians for Radio Adelaide Breakfast.

With the Fringe about to hit full stride, Craig Egan is a hard man to track down. As the person in charge of Adelaide Comedy, the next month will be full of late nights but lots of laughs.

Craig has been running Adelaide Comedy for almost nine years now, after he was handed the reins by local legends Lehmo and Justin Hamilton. Continue reading “Craig Egan from Adelaide Comedy Interview”