While their shows may not be strictly French themed, some artists performing at Adelaide Fringe 2021 are French clown and theatre school trained at institutions such as the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School) and also at École Philippe Gaulier both in Paris. Find out about their shows below.
Attenborough and his animals
A Hillside Theatre at Gluttony – Rymill Park Tue 23 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 6:30pm; and Tue 2 Mar – Sun 7 Mar: 6:30pm
PRICES: Adults $29-$32, children $22 to $25, concession $25 to $28. There are also special prices for families, Bank SA cardholders, schools, picnic blanket seating for 4 and for midweek sessions
Clownfish Theatre are a Lecoq-trained clown duo from the UK. They have toured Attenborough and his Animals around the world, with sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 and Adelaide Fringe 2020.
Jonathan Tilley and Jess Clough-MacRae are French clown and theatre school trained. They met at world renowned physical theatre school École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and discovered their shared love of David Attenborough’s documentaries. This spark of enthusiasm grew into a show featuring a massive range of moments from the documentaries, brought to life to vivid and hilarious effect by the duo.
About the show:
The magic of David Attenborough live! A blue whale swims through the depths. Racer snakes pursue an iguana across the desert. Two hapless fools recreate wonderful scenes of the natural world. Catch this award-winning, five star show for an epic display of clowning, physical theatre and the largest range of animals you will ever see on stage. A must see for the whole family.
The Breakout at The Mill: Thu 18 Feb – Sun 21 Feb: 6pm & Tue 23 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 6pm
The Arch at Holden Street Theatres: Tue 9 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 6:30pm
PRICES: Adults $22.50- $28, concession $25, child $15. Discounts for family tickets, Bank SA cardholders and midweek treat tickets
This show is directed by Jessica Clough-MacRae (Clownfish Theatre – Attenborough and his Animals) who studied at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. The show stars Sam Dugmore (from The Latebloomers who are also performing The Bakers at the Adelaide Fringe 2021). He met his fellow Latebloomers at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.
Heroes never die…they just cry deep down inside.
Sam Dugmore (The Latebloomers Scotland! & The Bakers) is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, MAN-BO.
MAN-BO must un-earth his ruthless man skills to confront his greatest nemesis…himself. A deadly mission filled with calamity and raw emotion.
One-man vs himself. A feel-bad comedy about heroism.
Join Sam for a high-energy, rip-roaring physical comedy that will blow your socks off!
Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall
Umbrella Revolution at the Garden of Unearthly Delights: Sat 20 Feb – Sun 21 Feb: 11am
Sat 27 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 11am; Sat 6 Mar – Mon 8 Mar: 11am; Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 11am; Sat and 20 Mar – Sun 21 Mar: 11am
PRICES: Full price $10 – $20, family $65
Monski Mouse is French clown and theatre school trained having studied at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
Why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Mumma, Monski Mouse and her Dancers for 50 mins of bonkers, bopping family fun. This international hit kids show, lets parents and 0-5’s loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Expect high-energy smiling to retro beats and thumping nursery rhymes. Get your disco-dancing booties on!
Tirkanthi Kuu at Payinthi Wed 24 Feb – Thu 25 Feb: 7pm; Fri 26 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 4pm, 7pm; Fri 5 Mar – Sat 6 Mar: 4pm, 7pm; Sun 7 Mar: 4pm
PRICES: Adult $20 – $28, concession $25, schools $15
Julia Mayer’s love of comedy and physical theatre led her to study clown in France at École Philippe Gaulier in 2019.
Take a seat at the dinner table! A story of migration, new beginnings and comfort…food. Don’t miss the debut solo show from actor and comedian Julia Mayer; a family recipe, stirred with passion, simmered with soul and served with homegrown tomatoes.
The Breakout at The Mill: Sat 20 Feb – Sun 21 Feb: 3:30pm; and Sat 27 Feb – Sun 28 Feb: 3:30pm
The Arch at Holden Street Theatres: Tue 16 Mar – Sat 20 Mar: 6:30pm; and Sun 21 Mar: 1:30pm, 6:30pm
PRICES: Adult $22.50 – $28, concession $25, child $20, discounts for families and Bank SA Cardholders
This show is from The Latebloomers, an international company of performers from the UK, Sweden and Australia who met at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. Our work draws on our training in physical theatre, clown and mime.
Three bakers, one bakery! Dough up the walls, flour in your eyes. In the midst of a rapdily changing world, a family of traditional bakers fight to keep their business from crumbling and their family bond from tearing apart!
The Bakers is an energy filled hour of spontaneous, anarchic physical comedy that moves and inspires its audience.
Join The Latebloomers, award winning creators of ‘Scotland!’, for another dose of the ridiculous and the sublime.
The Breakout at the Mill Wed 3 Mar – Sun 7 Mar: 9pm; and Wed 10 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: 7:30pm
PRICES: Adult $25 – $28, concession $25 with discounts for Bank SA cardholders and schools
FRANK. was founded in 2018, by performing artist and theatre-maker Britt Plummer. Britt trained as an actor at the Adelaide College of the Arts and École Philippe Gaulier, in France.
The Baroque stars Swedish clown Oliver Nilsson from the troupe The Latebloomers, who met at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.
The Baroque is running free in hedge mazes and dancing in champagne fountains. Bursting with silliness, Swedish clown Oliver Nilsson (‘The Latebloomers’ ‘Scotland!’ & ‘The Bakers’) will charm and titillate in this rollercoaster of stupidity, slapstick and the sublime. Curtains draw! Lights up! BEHOLD! This is The Baroque!
The Latebloomers, ‘Discover Your Inner Idiot’
The Breakout at the Mill: Wed 17 Mar: 11am
PRICES: Full price $23, concession $20
This masterclass is by The Latebloomers, an international company of performers who met at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. We’ve spoken above about their shows The Bakers, The Baroque and Man-Bo.
Their work draws on training in physical theatre, clown and mime. Their first show ‘Scotland!’ has toured to multiple countries in Europe and Australia, winning awards at the Adelaide, Prague and Paris Fringe festivals.
This masterclass caters for either professional performers wanting to learn new skills for their repertoire or brush up on the art of ‘play’ or beginners/amateurs wanting to have some fun, build confidence and discover new skills. A brief introduction to clown including a Lecoq style physical warm-up with impro games, characterisation, improvisation and slapstick.
ADELAIDE FRINGE 2021 KEY INFO
Dates: Friday 19 February – Sunday 21 March
Program and tickets: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/
Location: various locations over Adelaide and South Australia
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Have you planned your Adelaide Fringe 2021? Which shows are you going to see? Are you seeing any by artists who are French clown and theatre school trained?