My Final Day @ Adelaide Fringe Festival Proved There is Power Behind the Arts

On my last full day at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, I was delighted to, once again, be reminded of the power behind the arts. 

My day began early at the Holden Street Theatre where I was joined by a group of secondary students to see the award-winning Irish Theatre production, SCORCH.  This dramatic story, written by Stacey Gregg, tells of a gender-curious teen and her encounter with first love.  Performer, Amy McAllister playfully and enthusiastically maneuvers across the circular stage, in between the seated audience, to create a powerfully gripping and intimate setting for such a personal story.   The audience, especially the students, remain so still and glued to the ends of their seats as the story portrays heartbreak, joy, child-like curiosity and disappointment throughout.

It is no wonder this powerful production has gained the recognition it has since 2016.  SCORCH is an important story on such an impactful topic about growing up, overcoming heartbreak and rising above hatred and prejudices.

In the late afternoon, I caught the most terrific act of youth circus performers from a local circus school in a performance called TRY AGAIN.  Performers between the ages of 12-20 performed challenging circus tricks including acrobatic silks, contemporary dance, juggling and more.  The show was a behind the scenes depiction of a day in the life of their training – showcasing the amount of discipline it takes to maintaining fitness, build trust between partners and trying again after a fall.  

I was most delighted to see many families witnessing this inspiring performance.  Parents were beaming from ear to ear, and kids’ eyes grew big in amazement.  I hope they left as inspired as I did – the future of the arts appears to be carried in very capable hands!

Lastly, I’ve always enjoyed learning a new language, and I was thrilled to get a unique experience at the Minnesota Fat.  NAUGHTY HANDS: SIGNS OF LOVE, LUST AND INSULTS teaches audiences all the naughty words you won’t find in the Auslan sign language dictionary!  Hilariously led by the bold personality of Auslan teacher and Deaf community legend, Barry Priori (who is assisted by an interpreter for those who are NOT hearing impaired) selects audience members throughout the evening asking them to guess the ‘sign’ for a selection of naughty words.  Words like ‘masturbation’ and ‘stripper’ were my favourite attempts.  Of course the most guesses were incorrect, and Barry was humble enough to adjust our hands. 

This performance was so laugh out loud!  Most endearing was being within the company of both deaf and able hearing audience members who shared in laughs and applause.  NAUGHTY HANDS proves itself to be a spectacular evening of raucous behaviour and inclusive energy that bonds communities together.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival ends on Sunday, 19 March 2017!  For more information about these productions, or to purchase tickets to final performances, please visit the Adelaide Fringe Festival website.