Adelaide Fringe 2021: no international acts but French themes all the same

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While COVID-19 border closures mean that Adelaide Fringe 2021 might not have the international acts it normally would attract, it doesn’t mean the program doesn’t have any French themes. We’ve found 11 shows featuring French music or French settings across music, cabaret, theatre, comedy and dance. Find out about them below!

Adelaide Fringe 2021



A night in Paris

The Chamber at The Queens: Sat 13 Mar: 2:30pm and Sat 20 Mar: 2:30pm

Saint John’s Anglican Church: Sun 21 Feb: 6pm

Domain Theatre at Marion Cultural Centre: Sat 27 Feb: 7pm and 9pm

PRICES:  Adult $40, Child $12 with discounts for concession, family, Bank SA cardholders, and special premium seating.

Adelaide Fringe 2021 -A night in Paris
Josh Baldwin, drums, Mark Ferguson, piano, Louise Blackwell, singer, John Aué, double bass, Julian Ferraretto, violin. Photo: Catriona McKenzie Occhio Photography


‘A NIGHT IN PARIS’ is an award-winning musical show that celebrates the artists of the great French songbook.


Adelaide singer Louise Blackwell is joined by Mark Simeon Ferguson on keys, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aue on double bass and Josh Baldwin on drums and they have been delighting audiences with their French showcase of songs by artists including Leo Ferre, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Barbara, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Constantin, Juliette Greco and Yves Montand. Louise recreates an authentic Parisian cabaret vibe telling stories of this great city where she lived and was once inhabited by these legends of the French variety cabaret scene.

Read our review of the 2019 show here


Jacques is Bacque

HAT’s Courthouse Cultural Centre Auburn: Sat 27 Feb: 4:30pm, 8pm

The Wheaty Tin Shed at The Wheatsheaf Hotel: Sat 6 Mar: 6:30pm, 9pm

Main Theatre at Goodwood Theatre and Studios: Thu 11 Mar: 7pm

PRICES: Adults $30, child $20 with special discounts for concession card holders and Bank SA card holders.

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Jacques is Bacque

This is a show from Les Flâneurs Volants, who revel in engaging their audiences, evoking emotions ranging from pure joy to the despair of love lost….três French, non?

Their romantically hapless character Jacques continues his journey….

Having mastered the art of finding love but learning nothing about keeping it on his round the French world trip at the 2020 SOLD OUT Fringe, he sets off again with hope in his heart and a suitcase of new, but classic, French songs. A true optimist, our Jacques.

The show is a tasty baguette, split lengthways and spread with humour, filled with jazz and pop tunes sourced from the corners of the French world and topped with emotions for that extra crunch. Bon, non? Join us for a feast.


A Greek Cypriot refugee remembers and sings the world songs

The British Hotel Port Adelaide: Fri 5 Mar: 8pm

Theatre Two at The Parks Theatres: Sun 7 Mar: 5:30pm

Fedora’s Alfresco Deck at Hilton Hotel: Sat 20 Mar: 7:30pm

PRICES: Adult $25, Child $10 with discounts for concession, family and Bank SA cardholder

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - A Greek Cypriot refugee remembers and sings the world songs
Photography by Doug Mason

First employer, Cat Stevens. Singer/songwriter Loucas Loizou, in a dazzling cycle of songs from UK, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, USA, and originals.




Euromash – Johanna Allen

The Chamber at THE QUEENS Thu 11 Mar: 7:45pm; Fri 12 Mar: 6pm; Sat 13 Mar: 9:30pm; and  Sun 14 Mar: 6:30pm

PRICES: Adults: $40, concession $35, premium seating tables of 2 or 4 available and discounts for Bank SA cardholders.

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Euromash

Mesdames et Messieurs. Draw back on your cigarette and hold on tight…

The music of Piaf, Piazzolla, Michel Le Grand, Weil & Bizet joins Kylie Minogue, Rosemary Clooney, Madonna & Leonard Cohen. Acclaimed chanteuse Johanna Allen takes us to the salon houses of Paris and beyond. Pop anthems with a touch of tango; Chanson with a slice of salsa; Allen shows why she is Maria Callas and Miami Sound Machine rolled into one. Joined by Mark Ferguson & Julian Ferraretto, direct from their sell out hit season at Melbourne Recital Centre, this is the best of La Dolce Vita, breathtakingly intertwined.


Green Tile Tango

Domain Theatre at Marion Cultural Centre: Sat 13 Mar: 7pm

Nexus Arts: Wed 17 Mar: 7pm


Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Green Tile Tango

Debuting in Adelaide Fringe 2020 to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd, this fun, entertaining show from international signer songwriter Jen de Ness is back. The show is about the eccentric characters from a local tango club, is brought to life through a smorgasbord of original music and dancing, quick costume changes, French cabaret and sing-a-longs.

Celebrates the power of community to help us laugh, cry, sing and dance to survive the rigours of love. Sam gets his story, Jack gets his lesson, Esta and Michele find love, and we all belt out, ‘Forget About Pierre!’ so Jaquie can reinvent herself. A visual and aural storytelling feast of original songs, slick guitar & jazz tinged vocals.


The Gaiety Garden

Star Theatre One at Star Theatres Fri 12 Mar: 7:30pm

PRICES: Adult $35, concession $30

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - The Gaiety Garden

Step into our garden, a delightful spot and fertile ground for something truly spectacular. Feathers, finery, dazzling costumery and a grand staircase! An ultimate drag showgirl experience.


Inspired by Parisian cabaret, Hollywood glamour, couture fashion with the magic of the theatre. Classy, classic drag with high production value. Let’s bloom!


Take a stroll with us through our fantasy land… The garden of enchantment, curious courtyards, revealing passageways, fascinating characters, exotic flowers, forbidden fruits… Have a laugh, feel the drama. Immerse yourself, be awed.


Be prepared for some interesting audience interaction!




Talk Dirty, Stay Classy

The Library at Ayers House Fri 5 Mar – Sat 6 Mar: 9pm, and Sat 20 Mar: 9pm

PRICES: Full price $25, concession $23

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Talk Dirty, Stay Classy

Have you ever wanted to learn how to say ‘go f**k yourself’ in French? After sold out shows and five-star reviews in 2019, Talk Dirty, Stay Classy is back! Come and join us 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 previous seasons have called it a “Putain de soiree”. Translation: “What a f**king great evening”. A guaranteed belly-laugh to help forget about adulting for a while.

Read our review of this show from 2019 here




She Wolf

Hell’s Kitchen at Rhino Room Fri 19 Feb – Sat 20 Feb: 8:45pm; Tue 23 Feb – Sat 27 Feb: 8:45pm; and Tue 2 Mar – Sat 6 Mar: 8:45pm

PRICES: Adult $30 with discounts for Bank SA and concession cardholders

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - She Wolf

Queen Margaret was the original Cersei Lannister. She was a woman so cruel & cold, she would scare Lady Macbeth. Only, that’s not true. Turns out the way we view women in positions of power hasn’t changed much in the last 500 years. If all history remembers of you are the lies, does the truth even matter? Yes, this is a comedy.

Margaret was a French Princess and an English Queen. Demonized in her time and mythologized through history, she has become more legend than lady. But who was Queen Margaret; where was the divide between personal and personal and political? ‘She Wolf’ is a comedic exploration of the infamous Queen as presented by Shakespeare in 4 monologues that laid the foundation for a mythical monster.


The White Mouse

Star Theatre Two at Star Theatres Fri 26 Feb: 11am; Sat 27 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 5pm; Wed 3 Mar – Thu 4 Mar: 7:30pm; Fri 5 Mar: 11am; Sat 6 Mar – Sun 7 Mar: 5pm; Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 5pm

PRICES: Adults $20 – $29.50, child $19.50 with discount prices for concession, Bank SA card holders, families and schools

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - White Mouse

In France’s darkest hour in World War II, it was an Australian woman who helped turn the tide against the Germans. This is the story of Dame Nancy Wake, fighter, lover and a force of nature, set during her time as a leader of the French Resistance. From the writer of Kokoda etc and last Fringe’s sell out theatre hit – The Loneliest Woman – comes another brilliant expose of an extraordinary Australian drawing deep on their reserves of courage and sense of duty to prevail against relentless foes.


Tracy Crisp: Pearls

Open Air Theatre at Black Box Theatres @ Adelaide Botanic Garden: Thu 18 Mar: 8:10pm and Fri 19 Mar – Sat 20 Mar: 6:20pm

LIVE at Watch from Home: Sat 20 Mar: 6:20pm

PRICES: Adults $29, concession $22, watch from home price $15

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Pearls

In the search for a string of pearls, a daughter travels to her abandoned childhood home and a mother travels from Port Pirie to Paris without ever leaving Australia. Family relics abound: ashtrays, a Princess Diana jigsaw, a commode used as a table. Memories are ignited then questioned. And still the pearls cannot be found. Family fractures deepen until finally a heartbreaking, but healing truth is revealed. Combining theatre and storytelling, a true story told with humour and poignancy that will make you laugh, then cry, then laugh again.


The first in her series of sold-out solo shows, Pearls returns to fringe for 3 nights only. Told at twilight and under the stars, the Botanic Gardens provides the perfect setting.




Classique Nu

The Garage International @ Adelaide Town Hall, Tue 23 Feb: 8:20pm

Thu 25 Feb: 6pm; Sat 27 Feb: 6pm; Tue 2 Mar – Thu 4 Mar: 7:10pm; Sat 6 Mar: 6pm; Thu 11 Mar – Sat 13 Mar: 8:30pm

PRICES: Adult $25-$30, Concession $27, discounts for Bank SA Cardholder and midweek treat tickets

Adelaide Fringe 2021 - Classique Nu

7 years sell-out in Avignon, France.

The eternal classical western music that never ages with time. The beauty and vulnerability of the human body and soul are portrayed in this piece.

Totally simple. Nothing to hide.

She is not young. She is a woman with much experience in life and in love.

Shakti – the dancing phoenix, sculpture in motion, nymph of sensuality dances in the nude with an interpretation full of serenity, emotion and beauty to the classical music.


Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (Birth)
Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Miner (Life)
Yann Tierson – C’etait Ici (Conflict)
Albinoni – Adagio (The Beast Within)
Pachelbel – Canon (Liberation)



WHAT: Adelaide Fringe 2021

WHEN: 19 February – 21 March 2021

WHERE: Various locations over Adelaide plus some regional South Australian locations

HOW: Tickets via



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