So we told you all about the free things to do during the Adelaide Fringe last week but what about what shows of the 1223 events on this year to see?!
We have scoured the program from beginning to end and compiled a list of 20 shows sticking to the French or French-speaking (even if the performance is in English) shows to see this Adelaide Fringe.
1. FLOATING MELODIES ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Adelaide’s Panache French Theatre troupe is going to romance you with French songs aboard the Popeye for their rendition of the popular Floating Melodies cruise on Valentine’s Day night.
On 14 February.
Coriander studied clown school in Toronto and will lead you on an hour of spiritual enlightenment and a journey like no other with her very special yoga(ish) show!
On 16-25 February except Mondays.
3. A NIGHT IN PARIS
Lou Blackwell and her band are back to transport us to Paris for the night with some chanson française. Expect a lot more than just the Piaf a lot of us are accustomed to hearing at these sorts of shows.
On 17-18 February and 3-4 March.
4. 257 ANS DE LABEUR
This is the world premiere of this work written and narrated by Frenchman Manuel Moris and acted by Iain Herridge.
It explores the concept of work from antiquity to the near future via the work of economists, philosophers and sociologists, leading to a questioning of our society.
On 17-25 February except 21 February.
5. ALESH LA EXHIBITION
Niccy and Bahija join together to present a feast of Morocco inspired drawings, paintings, leather & brass embossed artefacts, handcrafted jewellery and much more.
The free exhibition is fundraising from sales of the works to get disabled Moroccan kids mobile, one wheelchair at a time.
On 17 and 21-25 February.
6. LA FLUTE DE PAN
Melanie Walters will perform La Flute de Pan by Claude Debussy among other famous songs by famous composers in this show inspired by Greek mythology and the Greek God, Pan.
On 18 February and 7 March.
This play sees a mother travel from Port Augusta to Paris in search of pearls lost. Family fractures deepen until finally a heartbreaking, but healing, truth is revealed.
On 19-21 and 27-28 February
8. I THINK I’M DEAD
Québécois Al Lafrance has insomnia, badly. This is a show about the places your mind goes to and the things you do when you have insomnia. See interview with Al here (Insert internal link)
On 19-25 February.
9. AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE, OUI, OUI, OUI
Adelaide locals The Coconut Kids have taken a bunch of Aussie pub classics and translated them into French. They invite you to swap your Coopers Pale for a glass of red and listen to the transformation.
On 22 Feb and 1 March.
10. THE EMPRESS AND ME
This play tells the true story of Princess Der Ling who, born as Lizzie Yu – the daughter of a Chinese Diplomat and Eurasian mother – was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but then when her father is suddenly recalled home she finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi. So just who is Lizzie Yu? Does she really know herself?
A story of one woman’s search to find out just who she is, in a world where she constantly feels like she just doesn’t belong.
On 22 and 27 February and 2 March.
11. STRAVSINSKY & CHANEL
This show curated by Emma Knights will allow you to experience both Stravinsky and Chanel at the same time with Stravsinky’s Rite of Spring being performed in a darkened room while Chanel No. 5 envelops the room.
See it on 24 and 28 February and 13 March.
12. DEVIANT WOMEN: JULIE D’AUBIGNY
Lauren and Alicia will be taking their podcast Deviant Women to the stage to share the story of Julie D’Aubigny (La Maupin). They promise an eye-opening romp through the life of one of history’s most outrageous women. Expect wigs, hats, sword-fighting in this informative show which is part historical and part legend.
One show only: 26 February (the other show on 14 March is for their other Deviant Woman, Madame Blavatsky).
The 2008 award-winning production is back. Sound & Fury have made a hilarious parody of Cyrano de Bergerac and guarantee you will laugh, a lot. A show for those who “like silly humor and verbal-slapstick, or need to know how to romance [their] cousin[s]”!
On 2-18 March except Mondays and Tuesdays.
14. MARCEL LUCONT’S WHINE LIST
This show is being billed as “A kind of group therapy where everyone potentially leaves more depressed.” Come see our favourite French flaneur at the Adelaide Fringe.
See it 6-17 March except 12 March.
15. EXPOSING EDITH
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of Piaf, particularly when it is done well and in this award-winning show that has toured Australia and performed at the Adelaide French Festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, that’s exactly what we get. Don’t just expect to hear Piaf’s songs, Michaela is transformed into Piaf and tells us about her life. Often a sell-out so get in quick!
On 17 and 18 March.
The circus troupe who brought us Barbu (remember those men wearing nothing but underpants rollerblading around Adelaide Fringe over the last few years?) Is back with a brand new production. Expect less toplessness but just as much jaw-dropping acrobatic feats, and some more rollerblading in this show about community and positivity.
On nightly throughout the entire Fringe except Mondays (they deserve a night off!)
17. BLANC DE BLANC
This show, which was new to Adelaide last year sold out for most of its 4 week season and now that the word is out is likely to again. Expect French Maitre D to seduce, circus feats to stun and of course a celebration of the sparkling wine, Blanc de Blanc.
On nightly throughout the entire Fringe except Mondays (they too deserve a night off!)
18. ATTRAPE MOI!
A new Québécois circus troupe, Flip FabriQue will display radical feats, extreme acrobatics, breath-taking trampoline turns, awesome parkour and cheeky comedy in this show for all ages.
On 16 Feb – 15 March except Mondays.
19. NEW ALCHEMISTS
Art Oriente Objet (FRA) joins other international and Australian artists in this exhibition which is “exploring ideas of futuristic biologies and post-human engagements within the broad intersections of art and science. Paralleling a view of the artist as contemporary alchemist, the selected works channel experiences beyond our accessible human and non-human worlds“.
On 17 February to 25 March except Mondays.
20. A REFUGEE SINGS WORLD SONGS
First employed by Cat Stevens in his restaurant in London, Greek Cypriot refugee Loucas Loizou takes us on a dazzling song cycle. Original and World songs from UK, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, USA, Ireland, Australia and Cyprus.
On various dates throughout the Adelaide Fringe.
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Which shows are you going to go see this Adelaide Fringe?