I decided to spend my sixth in Adelaide enjoying a slower pace. With the majority of my day free, I explored some of Adelaide’s infamous wine regions. However, while there, I couldn’t fully escape the Fringe Festival – I met some lovely people at the vineyards who were also traveling through Adelaide and we sparked a conversation about the best stuff to see at the Fringe. I love advocating for the arts!
Before the day ended, I was fortunate enough to catch two Fringe events that were outstanding and fun!
THE TRAVELING SISTERS is a fun, spunky variety show performed by Brisbane artists Ell Sachs, Laura Trenerry and Lucy Fox. Together they sing, play guitar and impersonate a variety of interesting misfit characters during a 55-minute set. Some of my favourite misfits included a giant fat lady and an odd couple eager to celebrate anyone’s birthday by distributing pork pies. I found this show charming, silly and fun as the sisters left me with a massive smile on my face that remained for several hours after the show.
In the mid-1990s, director Danny Boyle created the cult-classic film, Trainspotting based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Scottish theatre company In Your Face Theatre now brings the gritty story about a group of heroin addicts coping with the economic depression in Edinburgh to the stage in TRAINSPOTTING LIVE. Living up to their name, In Your Face Theatre present a show that really emerges their audiences into the middle of the action on stage.
Staged in a unique venue located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, TRAINSPOTTING submerges its audience, with the use of strobe lighting, haze and glow sticks, into the underground world of raves and misfit angst. Before the start of the show, there are signs posted everywhere that warn the audience the use of these theatrical effects, plus the use of heavy adult language, sexual references and drug use.
The most impactful element throughout the performance is the actors’ ability to include the audience within the story: they naturally converse, stumble and share (or rather smear) costumes and props all over audience members. This demonstrates to the audience that there is no escaping the dark, grotesque and aggressive execution of this performance and the realness of this consequential drug world.
Exciting news: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE is touring Australia! The production will next stop in Melbourne for a month-long residency at fortyfivedownstairs. Then, they will stop in Brisbane before making its way back the UK. Do yourself a favour by making sure you see at least one of these performances in an Australian city near you!
For more information about these productions, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Adelaide Fringe Festival website.