Spruiking, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Beyond the performers, the processes at work at the two most important Fringe Festivals on earth draw in all involved. It spreads to embrace the producers, agents, pundits and of course the punters.
For the thousands of shows on offer, a refining process of reviews, awards and word-of-mouth, help determine which shows go on to tour–nationally and internationally. The processes at work, contribute to two of the most extraordinarily efficient, creative incubators on the planet. These core Fringe festivals are also the performance industry's trade shows.
Adelaide hosts the world's second-biggest Fringe. And Adelaide's contribution to the broader process means that Australasian performers are way over-represented at Edinburgh, the world's largest theatrical marketplace. On a per-capita basis, Australasian perfomers out-represent North American performers by 800%.
It's an enormous contribution. The combined processes of Adelaide and Edinburgh must rank as Australia's greatest ongoing contribution to the ever-evolving, broader culture—bar none.
Adelaide Fringe File
In the world of acting and performance, nothing has been the same since the humiliating, twin unmaskings of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. How and why actors and performers can be abused, has never been clearer.
With standard operating procedure no longer fit for purpose, the role of an intimacy director offers some practical ways forward. With ready-made processes and protocols the aim of an intimacy director is to minimise the risks of abuse at source.
José is a Guatemalan-made, urban, gay, indigenous themed film. In 2018 it received the Venice Film Festival’s Queer Lion award.
On first take, "José" is an indigenous, gay love-story set in teeming Guatemala City—novel enough. However, as José unfolds, it reveals more about the lived experiences of millions in Latin America.
6 Star: You won't see better
6 Star: You won't see better
The Tempest, presented by the HandleBards, plonks Shakespeare into the pit of popular culture—from whence he came. Cycling between performances, this all-female troupe of pedalling troubadours conjures up, out of virtually nothing, a magical world of Shakespearian invention.
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The boys of Railed bring to town their comedy western that parades as a circus. They are a happy posse of hopeless cowboys, with generous dollops of embraceable male bonding.
From the forever receding, never-ever land of Retro, John Rowe dusts off the old tonight/chat shows to create the John Rowe Show. Through it, he presents his favourite music from his very favourite decades—the seventies and eighties. Those were the years when television broadly disseminated a jointly shared pop culture. Rowe lived it, loved it and worked it. He now gloriously recreates it—for those who remember, and those who imagine.
Transcendent chanteuse Mama Alto joyfully exemplifies the original meaning of the term Diva. She deplores it when people use the term in ways that disparages women, suggesting they are difficult and demanding. It’s a barb with a misogynistic menace. Mama feels its effect is to undermine those otherwise capable, talented and independent women.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras