Adelaide Fringe 2020 starts Thursday 14 February and runs until Sunday 15 March. Below we tell you all about the shows to see with French and French-speaking links.
French Music at Adelaide Fringe 2020
A Night in Paris
Louise Blackwell has two separate Adelaide Fringe 2020 shows: A Night in Paris, which we reviewed last year (read the review here!) and From Paris with Love.
A Night in Paris is a performance by Louise Blackwell and the French Set which is comprised of some of Adelaide’s finest musicians: Mark Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aue on double bass and Joshua Baldwin on drums. You’ll be transported to a night out in Paris, in this concert of songs by 20th century French artists interwoven with stories and interesting anecdotes from the city of lights, it is sure to delight!
DATES: 2 March,
Ce Mortel Ennui: The Life and Times of Serge Gainsbourg
With heady praise for their 2019 premieres, ‘Empty Swing’ return to celebrate the artist eulogised in 1991 by Francois Mitterrand as “our Baudelaire…who elevated the song to the level of art” – the terminally bored, fatally flawed, singer, songwriter, composer, director, lover, father and inimitable genius – Serge Gainsbourg.
In Ce Mortel Ennui, Empty Swing will perform a selection of songs from Gainsbourg’s legacy of 550 songs (performed in English and French with subtitles).
ONE SHOW ONLY: Saturday 15 February
From Paris with Love
Adelaide chanteuse Louise Blackwell is back with her all-star Adelaide band The French Set featuring Mark Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on bass and Josh Baldwin on drums.
Together they will present a brand new show ‘From Paris with Love’ and once again take the audience into the world of the ‘chanson française’ with beautiful arrangements of songs written or sung by a variety of French artists. They will also pay homage to Paris as a city that has always loved jazz and other musical styles and welcomed many singers from the other side of the Atlantic, performing a few jazz and Brazilian numbers to add to the magic!
DATES: 22, 23, 27 Feb and 1, 12 March
Hit Ze Road Jacques
Adelaide group Les Flâneurs Volants will take you on a musical journey through France, Quebec and Louisiana singing songs from around the world including those of Edith Piaf, Zachary Richard and Robert Charlebois.
DATE: 7 March
Jen de Ness in Green Tile Tango
A fun, entertaining show about the eccentric characters from a local tango club, brought to life through a smorgasbord of original music and tango-inspired dancing, quick costume changes, French cabaret and sing-a-longs.
Green Tile Tango celebrates the power of community to help us laugh, cry, sing and dance to survive the rigors of love, in a place where ‘everybody fits in’. A visual and aural storytelling feast, of tango-inspired dance, slick guitar and jazz tinged vocals.
DATES: 22 and 29 February
TICKETS: $28 – $30
Marvellous Music at Mary Mags
One of the three concerts in the series, on 1 March, will feature a mix of music by French, Spanish, English and Australian composers.
Delightful vocals from soprano Katrina Mackenzie and the exceptional skill of guitarist Caleb-Lavery-Brook combine to provide a perfect afternoon of folk and art song.
DATE: 1 March
Paris, LA, Rio!
Meet the glamour-merchants of the 1960s. Three genius songwriters who brought sparkle to our lives – Michel Legrand (Paris), Burt Bacharach (Los Angeles) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Brazil). Settle back, relax and enjoy their glorious melodies in the sumptuous surrounds of Ayers House Ballroom. Shelley Dunstone (vocals) with Edward Heddle (piano).
DATES: 22-29 Feb
Piaf and Brel: The Impossible Concert
Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel: two French musical icons. They sang songs of romance, heartbreak, hope and love, and lived lives of drama and passion. Their music is the soundtrack to millions of lives and loves, around the world. This ‘impossible’ concert, featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall, relives the adventure and inspiration of their lives and music. With ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Milord’, ‘La Vie en Rose’ and other French classics. 2016-2018 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out awards, Off-Broadway run, 2016. ‘Piaf and Brel’ has been performed in over 30 countries.
DATES: 17-19, 24 Feb, 3 – 5 March
TICKETS: $20 – $28
COMEDY AT ADELAIDE FRINGE 2020
Talk Dirty, Stay Classy
Have you ever wanted to learn how to say ‘go f**k yourself’ in French?
Come along for a night of laughter as you learn ALL (well, most) of your favourite swear words in French. Classes are loud, rude and hilariously funny. Participants from 2019 called it a “Putain de soiree”. Translation: “What a f**king great evening”.
DATES: 20, 27 Feb and 5-7 and 12-14 March
FRENCH PERFORMERS AT adelaide fringe 2020
Blanc de Blanc Encore
Blanc de Blanc Encore returns to Adelaide Fringe 2020.
Get ready to submerge yourself in this burlesque extravaganza where Parisian glitz and glamour continue to create a party of Gatsby-esque proportions. Vintage French flair, risqué humour, spectacular aerials, comedy and big dance numbers will astonish and delight with opulent, cheeky, edge-of-your-seat theatre.
DATES: 14 February – 15 March (except Mondays)
TICKETS: $55 -$79
Hotel Paradiso is a performance from Lost in Translation Circus which creates both indoor and outdoor ensemble-based performances, working with a tight-knit group of performers from Italy, France, Ireland and Australia.
Thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this colourful, loud and funny show from ‘proper old-fashioned contemporary circus company’ Lost in Translation Circus.
Meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso. The cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood. Circus favourites Lost in Translation display a colourful mix of daring circus skills, physical comedy and theatre.
DATES: 14-16, 21-23, 28 Feb – 1 March, 5 -9, 13-15 March
TICKETS: $22 – $30
The Extraordinary guests of the Hotel Richmond
A select few of the world’s most incredible magicians will be checking into Hotel Richmond, transforming their rooms into bespoke, intimate performance spaces. Small groups will journey through these unique spaces, experiencing an intimate and interactive vignette from four different magicians.
While this show is on for the whole of Adelaide Fringe, French-Australian mentalist and illusionist Clarie Yistelle is only a part of it from 3 to 15 March.
DATES: 14 February – 15 March (except Mondays)
TICKETS: $25 – $35
FRENCH HISTORY AT ADELAIDE FRINGE 2020
Exhibition and sale of medieval manuscripts
Dominique Schmidt presents a curated selling exhibition of exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts on vellum, including leaves from Books of Hours, Gregorian Chants and Antiphonals, from the 13th century to the 16th century.
DATES: 28 Feb – 15 Mar
I’ll tell you this for nothing: My mother the war hero
Honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur, for her bravery in WWII, Irish nurse Phyllis spoke of bombs screaming overhead, of crawling around hospital tents, the constant stream of wounded and dying soldiers. Sent to the front lines on D-Day, Phyllis followed the battles through Europe and finally to the liberation of Belsen. Amid this drama she found the love of her life, a Catholic, thus igniting a personal war with her mother, a Protestant.
Award-winning director and actor Kate Jason Smith brings to life the dramatic and often humorous tale of her mother’s life in this acclaimed show about war, courage, danger and romance.
DATES: 14-16 Feb, 18-23 Feb, 25 Feb
TICKETS: $22- $28
VIVIR: Flamenco, Guitar & Dance
VIVIR is an evening of passion and rhythm by flamenco guitarist Raul Mannola and dancer Aylin Eleonora. Each artist brings their vision, traditions, freedom and improvisation to VIVIR, a new interpretation of the ancient art of flamenco. Discover the sublime beauty, passion and warmth of real flamenco. It appeared at Avignon Festival in 2018. The artists come to Adelaide direct from Madrid.
Both dancer Aylin Eleonora and guitarist Raul Mannola are French-speaking.
FRENCH CLOWN SCHOOL ATTENDEES AT ADELAIDE FRINGE 2020
Bond: An unauthorised parody
Bond is back (just before the new film!). Older, unfit and someone’s out to get him!
Bond meets his greatest arch-villain yet: author Ian Fleming himself, courtesy of a time-machine, and featuring the smallest car chase (n)ever seen! It’s a race against time itself! Minimum props, maximum effect!
Gavin Robertson comes from a physical theatre background (Lecoq, Kemp & Gaulier), producing, creating & performing his own work for national & international touring, usually funded by Arts Council of England.
DATES: 24 – 29 Feb, 2 – 7 March
TICKETS: $19 -$26
Elizabeth Davie – Apex Predator
Elizabeth Davie has studied clowning, improvisation and performance with Giovanni Fusetti, Philippe Gaulier, Philip Burgers, Deanna Fleysher and Clare Bartholomew.
In a world filled with predators, what’s the next evolutionary step? Who hunts the hunters? Enter the Apex Predator.
Award-winning comedian Elizabeth Davie explores every woman’s fantasy of having nothing to fear in a dark alley, or just going to the shops for some milk.
Brutally funny and joyfully dark, Apex Predator plays with danger, vulnerability and power using physical comedy, stand up and clowning.
Tue 3 Mar – Sun 8 Mar: 9:10pm
Tue 10 Mar – Sun 15 Mar: 9:10pm
TICKETS: $20 – $26
Frankie Foxstone aka the profit walking tour
Enter Frankie Foxstone: perfectly poised but unapologetically ruthless, young property developer. Taking you on a whirlwind tour of her plans for Adelaide’s green spaces, this is interactive satire for our insatiable era.
Gaulier-trained, British performer and writer, Amy Gwilliam makes her Australian debut at Adelaide Fringe 2020 presenting her creation, Frankie Foxstone.
DATES: 14 February – 15 March (except Mondays to Wednesdays)
TICKETS: $15 – $20
Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall
Monski Mouse studied performance at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
In Baby Disco Dance Hall, Monski Mouse asks why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Monski Mouse for this international hit with the under fives AND their parents/carers. Expect bouncing, bopping, beautiful, bonkers fun with retro hits, pop favourites and thumping nursery rhymes. Get glam and put your disco-dancing-booties on!
DATES: 16, 23 February, 1, 8, 9 and 15 March
Plastica Fantastica is a show performed and written by Jennifer Anne Laycock and directed by Nicolas Angelosanto are most recently graduates from Philippe Gaulier in France
This is the story of Nunny. Nunny loves plastic more than her mum and her future husband combined. She lives a life of plastic wrapped bananas, triple bagged groceries and her ultimate dream is to become a top of the line Tupperware lady. ‘Plastica Fantastica’ is a ridiculous award-winning one woman show performed by Jennifer Laycock.
DATES: 25-27, 29 February
TICKETS: $15 – $20
The Latebloomers are a three-man physical theatre troupe The Latebloomers. They are Sam Dugmore, Jonathon Tilley and Oliver Nilsson, all graduates of the Jacques Lecoq in Bristol, UK.
In Scotland! The Latebloomers bring their own brand of award-winning physical comedy of what it really means to be Scottish to Adelaide Fringe. You guessed it – think tartan, shortbread, deer stalking and whisky.
Join the lads for a wild ride to the Highlands, with rhythm, body percussion, singing, stomping, audience participation, clowning and a celebration of the true spirit of Scotland!
DATES: 18 Feb-1 March (except Mondays)
TICKETS: $20- $32
Another show from The Latebloomers, who met at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.
Three bakers, one bakery! Dough up the walls, flour in your eyes. Join The Latebloomers for another dose of the ridiculous and the sublime.
DATES: 12-15 March
TICKETS: $15 -$25
An absurd, theatrical, character-driven parody of a funeral speech performed by Michael Burgos, who is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer. He holds a Diplôme from École Philippe Gaulier. In addition to studying with Philippe Gaulier, Michael trained with master teacher Dody DiSanto, a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq.
DATES: 3 – 8 March
TICKETS: $24- $30
Tiramisu is the most playfully ridiculous and ridiculously playful homage to Italy. A physically – comedic romp through the passionate Mediterranean country of art, cuisine, history and culture. This show – like a good meal – is meant to be shared with friends and family.
Also by Michael Burgos, who is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer. He holds a Diplôme from École Philippe Gaulier. In addition to studying with Philippe Gaulier, Michael trained with master teacher Dody DiSanto, a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq.
DATES: 25- 29 Feb, 3 -7 and 10-14 March
TICKETS: $20 -$28
Which shows will you see at Adelaide Fringe 2020?