The Party, the new show from Strut & Fret, is no Blanc de Blanc

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The Party, the new headlining show from Strut & Fret in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe, is full of energy but just doesn’t live up to previous shows Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Blanc Encore. A show with plenty of dance numbers, lip-synching and sexual references, The Party doesn’t let the performers fully showcase their talents to the audience.

The Party
Image: Matilda Marseillaise

The set presents as a two-story house complete with door, windows, and balconies and these all get lots of use throughout The Party. Brightly coloured with colour-changing neon lights and the word PARTY proudly splashed across it, it’s a visual delight.

 

While it’s clear that the cast are talented from their dance routines (of which there are several), unfortunately we don’t get to see their full potential. Apart from Swedish singer Amanda, who gets to sing a number or two and Angela Leigh McIlroy-Wagar, who wowed in the second half with her stunning, contortionist aerial performance, we don’t get to see just what the other cast members are capable of. Emma Phillips, the third lady (the long-haired blonde) in The Party, is a New Zealand foot juggler but we don’t get to see any of that in The Party.

 

The only part of the acrobatic act that was daring Image: Matilda Marseillaise

The male cast members performing acrobatics didn’t wow us as we hoped they would. There were cleverly choreographed rough and tumble and fight scenes but in terms of actual daring, risky feats, there were few. Again, we don’t feel that we got to see their full potential. There is a pole on stage but it rarely got used and when it did, it wasn’t for jaw-dropping acts.

 

The developing flirtations between Amanda and Danny, of which we are treated to snippets, remind us a little of a previous Strut & Fret show Life: The Show. Their singing duets were fun.

 

This is not a show for the prudish with plenty of nudity and sexual references along the way. However, instead of adding to a storyline or an act, they seemed to be there just for nudity or crudeness’ sake. The doorbell which sounded with each new arrival at the party quickly became jarring and the music was way louder than it needed to be, without any reason for it to be.

 

The show is billed as two hours but we feel it could easily be trimmed down to one. When we attended, it finished at 22:10 rather than the expected 22:30 anyway and there was a 20 minute interval which didn’t feel necessary as there weren’t any set changes. Some parts of the show quickly became repetitive and could be cut. For example, lip-synching to lines from movies was fun at the start but again didn’t need to come back throughout the show.

 

Overall, The Party is a loud, colourful show with an impressive and varied soundtrack but which lacks the substance of Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Blanc Encore. We’d like to see more of the performers showcase their talents. If you’re looking for a true variety, circus show at Adelaide Fringe, sadly The Party is not it.

 

3.5 CROISSANTS

Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of the Garden of Unearthly Delights and Adelaide Fringe

 

KEY INFO FOR THE PARTY

WHAT: The Party, the new show from Strut & Fret

WHERE: The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights,

WHEN: Nightly (except Mondays) at 8:30pm throughout Adelaide Fringe 2023 plus a 4:30pm show on Saturdays and Sundays

HOW: Purchase your tickets via this link: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/the-party-af2023

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices (exclusive of booking fee) are as follows:

  • Booth: $89.00 to $99.00
  • Companion Card: $FREE
  • Cheap Seats: $59.00
  • General Admission: $59.00 to $85.00
  • Concession: $69.00 to $79.00
  • Premium: $89.00 to $99.00
  • Ringside VIP: $119.00 to $129.00

 

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Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) based on the poetry of Baudelaire is a new dance show coming to Adelaide Fringe

Bourgeois & Maurice: an extra-terrestrial sibling duo comes to Adelaide Fringe 2023

Les Commandos Percu Silence! is a must-see show this Adelaide Fringe – last chance tonight

Louise McCabe will present A Night to Baguette at Adelaide Fringe next month

 

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Sydney Festival 2023 starts this week with a return to international programming

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Sydney Festival 2023 starts on Thursday and there are three events with French and francophone links for you to attend. Read on to find out about the events from Africa, Canada and Switzerland at Sydney Festival 2023.

Sydney Festival 2023

 

Afrique en Cirque

Kalabanté Productions

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

6-8, and 11-15 January

Afrique en Cirque Yamoussa Bangoura grew up in Conkary, Guinea, where his first foray with circus began. He worked his way up through some of the best circus companies in the world before opening his own in 2007. Based in Montreal, Canada, Yamoussa Bangoura’s Kalabanté Productions develops young African circus talent and sharing it with the world.

 

Afrique en Cirque at Sydney Festival 2023 will see daring acrobats perform authentic and original choreography to the sound of African instruments including the djembe and the kora. Music is as much a part of this showcase of African talent as are the acrobats climbing to dizzying heights.

 

Ticket prices:

  • Premium Full Price – $79
  • A Reserve Full Price – $59
  • A Reserve Concession – $53
  • B Reserve Full Price – $39
  • B Reserve Concession – $35
  • + booking fee

 

Afrique en Cirque Dance and Drumming workshop

Kalabanté Productions

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

10 January 5:30pm & 7pm

Afrique en Cirque

Special guests from the Afrique en Cirque production will lead this African drumming and dance workshop where they encourage people of all levels of practice to experience the liberating joy of dance.

 

Tickets cost $10 + booking fee for this one hour long workshop.

 

ROOM

James Thierrée

Rosylyn Parker Theatre, Walsh Bay

11-14, 16-18, 20-22 and 24-25 January

ROOM Sydney Festival 2023

Swiss-born James Thierrée’s latest work is his most ambitious yet. With his Compagnie de Hanneton he creates a surreal theatrical imagining complete with dance, mime, acrobatics, music and incredible stage-effects.

 

In this room, the ceiling spins, mannequins come to life, bodies and instruments become one. The walls sing, the room howls with laughter and then disappears into the distance. In this room, everything is possible, everything comes together and then descends into beautiful chaos.

 

You may have seen James Thierrée’s previous shows at Sydney Festival in earlier years: Au Revoir Parapluie and Tabac Rouge.

 

Ticket prices:

  • Premium Full Price – $129
  • A Reserve Full Price – $109
  • A Reserve Concession – $100
  • B Reserve Full Price – $79
  • B Reserve Concession – $70
  • Under 30 – $49
  • + booking fee

 

KEY INFO FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2023

WHAT: Sydney Festival 2023

WHERE: various venues across Sydney

WHEN: 5 – 29 January 2023

HOW: Purchase tickets via the links above or see the website for the full program

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Sydney Festival also always has some free events and installations.

 

For other events happening with French and francophone links happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in January.

 

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