Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival: don’t miss out on this party celebrating the legend

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5 faux French performers welcome you into the Space Theatre and take turns telling the story of the legend of Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival. A little like when a group of friends excitedly tell a story together, or friends spooking one another with tales of an urban legend (without the spookiness). Don Juan is absurdist comedy at its absolute best.

Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Repetition is cleverly used not for boredom or reinforcement but rather to create absurd situations – each actor one after another coming to the same realisation for example. Another actor in particular continuously coming back to something from earlier in the show is another. Or each time a particular term is mentioned, another explains its meaning in the exact same way.


Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival is also peppered with sexual innuendo – after all you couldn’t have a show about a man known for his seduction without it. And occasionally, just when you least expect it, the troupe would break into song – which was always hilariously exaggerated but also showed their vocal talents. This troupe are not a one trick pony. Sound effects are also used to amusing effect: for example, every time Don Juan enters a scene, there is the sound of a whip.

Image: Claudio Raschella

Audience members are encouraged, but not forced, to participate. It can be simple such as performing an action or a little more in depth, such as reading lines from a cue card. The participants on the opening night seemed thrilled to be an active part of the show. There are very creative props used in Don Juan at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, which only add to the hilarity of the spectacle.


New Zealand’s A Slightly Isolated Dog’s performance of Don Juan is a must-see show this Adelaide Cabaret Festival whether you’re a theatre lover, a comedy lover or a musical comedy lover. Only two opportunities remain to see this absurdist comedy at its absolute best (ticket details below). Don’t miss out!


Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Cabaret Festival



WHAT: Don Juan from NZ company A Slightly Isolated Dog at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

WHEN: tonight, Saturday 11 June 9pm and tomorrow Sunday 12 June at 6:30pm

WHERE: Space Theatre, Festival Centre, ADELAIDE

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows (exclusive of service and handling fee):

  • Premium Adult $54.00
  • A Reserve Adult $49.00
  • Concession $44.00
  • Under 30 $30.00

HOW: via this link:



You may also like to read our interview with Artistic Director of A Slightly Isolated Dog: Leo Gene Peters.

Also discover 10 shows with French links at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022



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