11 shows with French themes to see at Adelaide Fringe 2022

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Adelaide Fringe 2022 sees a return to international performers but it is still very much the local acts who are putting on shows with French links. This year there is a heavy focus on music and cabaret with some theatre and comedy in the mix as well. Read on to find out about the shows with French themes.

Adelaide Fringe 2022



A night in ParisAdelaide Fringe 2022 - Louise Blackwell

Adelaide Fringe favourite, Louise Blackwell and the French Set transport you to Paris with an afternoon of French chanson interspersed with tales of Louise’s time in Paris.

With a four-piece all-star band featuring Mark Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on double bass and Joshua Baldwin on drums, Louise Blackwell and the French Set perform songs by the great artists of French popular music including Edith Piaf, Léo Ferré, Georges Brassens, Barbara, Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. on this evening of French chanson.

Read our review of A night in Paris from Adelaide Fringe 2021


Baby et Lulu

Baby et Lulu finally return to Trinity Sessions on their Album Trois tour. Expect a celebration of love, life and passion… with a sultry, sometimes outrageous French accent from this faux-French pair and their formidable band.

Read our interview with Lara Goodridge, aka Lulu


Adelaide Fringe - Chansons de Jacques BrelChansons de Jacques Brel

Australian actor and singer John Waters performs the songs of the iconic Belgian crooner, Jacques Brel.

Read our interview with John Waters



Adelaide Fringe 2022 - DisenchantedDisenchanted: A cabaret of twisted fairy tales

Why was the Wolf in Grandma’s bed? Did Sleeping Beauty have an opinion on consent? Were the ugly sisters’ feet really that big? And what does a goose have to do with the French revolution? Join vivacious Madame d’Aulnoy in her 17th century Paris salon, to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the twisted truth about fairy tales.


Jacques and Madeleine

Adelaide Fringe 2022 will see the final instalment in the emotional love journey of Jacques and Madeleine as told thorough songs sung by Les Flâneurs Volants. Expect “more French, Quebecois and Cajun songs than you can point a baguette at.

Read our interview with Les Flâneurs Volants from Fringe 2021


Marvellous Music at Mary Mags

The first of a set of three concerts of choral music at Mary Magdalene’s church in Adelaide is entitled “Songs of Longing and Belonging”. In this 27 February performance, you can expect to hear choral gems from mediaeval England, renaissance France and right through to contemporary outback Australia.




Adelaide Fringe 2022- Blanc de Blanc encoreBlanc de Blanc Encore

Enter Blanc de Blanc’s glitzy, glamorous & extravagant world of vintage French flair, risqué humour, spectacular aerials, sparkling comedy and big dance numbers.




Rouge is circus for grown-ups. Michaela Burger, who you may have seen in her Helpmann Award winning Exposing Edith show about Edith Piaf, sings in French and in English in operatic cabaret style completing this line-up of acrobatics and tongue in cheek burlesque.




Talk Dirty, Stay Classy

A night of laughter as you learn an f*-load of your favourite swear words in French. Shows are loud, rude, and hilariously fun.

Read our interview with Arnaud, teacher of this French swearing class here

Read our review of the show from the Adelaide Fringe 2019 here



Of AuburnAdelaide Fringe 2022

Of Auburn written by Steven Oppes of Les Flâneurs Volants, weaves together the life and poetry of CJ Dennis.  With the narration of WW1 nurse Madge Yeatman, the performance stirs emotions through theatre, poetry, personal testimony, live music and AV technology to tell the stories of Dennis and the women of World War I.




Originally slated to be part of the Adelaide Fringe program, French troupe Les Commandos Percus will now bring their unique percussion, fireworks and pyrotechnics masterpiece to Australia in October.


For other events with French links happening in Australia and online this month, take a look at our What’s on in February 2022 article


Which shows are you planning to see at Adelaide Fringe 2022?



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The Wine Science Show: a show with an interesting premise

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Last Wednesday, 20 February, we went to see the The Wine Science Show at the National Wine Centre. This show is a part of the Adelaide Fringe and its season is now finished.



Luke Morris greets us at the entry to The Gallery Room, where his show is taking place. On the projection screen, it is written that people show sit at the front are the kindest – encouraging people to sit up the front, something that people often avoid.


Luke is clearly passionate about wine and he has even published a book of his research whcih he uses for his show. He has a background as a comedian, wine lover and now, science student. All of that could have made for a wonderful show, but unfortunately The Wine Science Show needs some work.


Firstly, the part of The Wine Science Show where Luke talks to us about his problem of excessive sweating and shows us the problems that it poses, for example his inability to use phones with touch screens. His mobile cannot display emojis sent by friends, colleagues and family. When you start to make jokes around the poo emoji, you know that the show has taken a wrong turn. This is meant to be about wine, isn’t it? He brings us back by explaining that the reason he drank at the time was to try to stop the excessive sweating.


Yes, it is important to have conversations around medical conditions as well as mental health; he explains to us that his excessive sweating is caused by anxiety. But it seems to me that The Wine Science Show is perhaps not the right moment to start this discussion. Or otherwise, you could perhaps bring up that people drink to excess to escape problems in their lives. This is, for some people at least, true.


We were able to see fermentation happening live on stage when Luke mixed sugar, yeast and tepid water in a plastic bottle and closed it with a balloon. He also made pertinent comments about the language used to describe wines “fruity and grassy” for example. He then demonstrates just how vague this language is being that he could mix tomatoes (after all they are fruits) and asparagus (it’s from the grass family) with the fermented liquid.


In summary, in The Wine Science Show Luke makes interesting and relevant remarks and explains things to us. Who knew that champagne corks caused so many eye injuries in Hungary, for example? It has promise and the idea is good, but The Wine Science Show needs some tinkering in order to be a seamless show.




Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Fringe


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