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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: Top Moments Thus Far

Found in Radelaide: a very Aussie letterbox.

Top Moments Thus Far (or specifically, of the Past 24 Hours):

1. The Kindness of Strangers/Audience Members

This happened. This really happened.

2. Jen Brister’s “Now and Then.”

Jen Brister as snapped onstage last night.

Jen is completely hilarious and utterly deserving of packed houses and then some. Last night’s crowd was small but hugely appreciative of this lady’s talents. She is playing at Mansions on Pultney Street, only a couple of blocks away from the Garden. Please do go see her!!! She is all sorts of jawsome. I promise.

3. Abandoman!

Abandoman onstage in the Garden of Unearthly Delights

I first heard about Abandoman – an improvised hip-hop show – from Jason Chong at the Festival Fishbowl and knew that missing it was simply not an option. Improv. Hip-hop. One-man. YES! Oh my word. I really couldn’t wax more lyrically about this show. As you know, I am madly in love with musical improv, but the pace at which he did his thing was mind-boggling. By the end, my brain was hurting. So ridiculously good, I believe he only has 6 shows left, DO NOT MISS THIS!

4. Listening to My Gutty Gut Gut!
I was literally walking out of the Garden post-Abandoman, ready to do the sensible thing and get a good night’s sleep, but something in my gut wouldn’t let me.

“Turn back, Jenny,” said a voice, in a magical utterance not unlike something out of Labyrinth.

“No,” said sensible Jenny. “I need to look after my body!”

“Listen!” said the magical utterance. “Forget the body, you’ve neglected it this long, what’s one more night? Now, turn around and walk right back before I am forced to bring David Bowie into this.”

I obeyed.

Within minutes I was chatting to the lovely Rob Broderick (aka Abandoman) himself and several more minutes later he, Markus Birdman and I headed over to the Artists Bar. We chatted Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where, after some very lovely cheer-leadingish encouragement from Rob, some good things happened. Mysterious cape swishing. Top night. I rocked off into the evening humming “Dance, Magic Dance.”

5. Arriving Home to My First 5-Star Review.

This is a wonderfully sparkling gem, with Ms. Wynter wowing her audience…her mimicry of various singing and theatrical styles, her friendly persona and her beautifully handled touches of pathos…There is one problem: the hour long show flows so well that it seems like half an hour – let this variety show go on and on and on.”
Adelaide Theatre Guide. Full review here.

Things are going so well, the kids are settled (we had a gorgeous if not extremely wet day yesterday at the aquatic centre), hubby and my Mister 7 are doing fantastically at home…I keep waiting for something to go horribly wrong. I hope I can just chill the heck out and enjoy this crazy ride for what it is! Thank you for sharing it with me.

x

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: Bad News and Caring Too Much

As I was heading into the Light Hotel this avo to get ready for my show, I heard some news that rocked me. A family member – a distant family member, but one whom I have extremely positive memories of from childhood – died. I was so shocked, not just by the news itself, butContinue Reading

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: Improv, Sheer Loveliness, the Mayor of Salisbury and the Guilt/Blisters Combo

Today was a little nuts, in theme with the rest of the festival itinerary thus far. I’m so happy that things are calming down HUGELY as of tomorrow, as despite the fact the kids are travelling with me, these past few days have been so busy that we’ve hardly had any time together. I MISSContinue Reading

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: Premature Marathon Fatigue and Opening Night

On day two of the Adelaide Fringe, I feel as though I’ve psyched myself up for months to run a marathon, only to venture fifty metres into the race and find to my horror that already my legs are tired! The ever-lovely Francesca Martinez told me last night that her first full festival experience wasContinue Reading

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: Opening Nights!

I say “nights” because while technically, last night was the Opening Night of the Fringe, as I type this, my own opening night looms before me. Tonight! AGH! I keep writing that: “agh!” every time I mention this event, even though I cringe at my inability to come up with something with a little moreContinue Reading

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Diary: “And So It Begins.”

If you’re one of these folks with an appetite for sympathetic glances from strangers, then might I introduce you to the wonders of travelling as a solo parent with a small child? Well, I chose to interpret them as ‘sympathetic glances’ rather than ‘snarls of disapproval’; indeed, as Mister Three was throwing a mighty fit,Continue Reading

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Directors’ Note on “An Unexpected Variety Show.”

Jenny Wynter’s solo show is magic, compelling and entertaining.   An Unexpected Variety Show implies what we all learn if we’re paying attention; that our life plan is abandoned time and time again as the unexpected happens.  Jenny Wynter has written a brilliant piece and her charisma and stage smarts take us to a momentContinue Reading

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Meet Liz Skitch: Comedic Gem and All-round Rockstar Human Being

I wouldn’t be about to even embark on this mad adventure were it not for many, MANY different people helping me along the way, not the least of which is this wonderful wacky woman before you, Ms Liz Skitch. Post-car crash, while I’d been easing my way back onto the stage, Liz really is theContinue Reading

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Kevin Rudd speaks out on “An Unexpected Variety Show.” (Hint: Language Warning)

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No Sleep Til Adelaide! (Well, okay, maybe three sleeps…but those sleeps shall be HARDCORE!)

Three more sleeps. I feel like an astronaut about to launch into space, wondering whether he/she’s going to return to triumphant applause, a controversy about whether the ins and outs of the expedition actually occurred and/or possibly their own theme tune. In reality, what I am undertaking is not nearly as dramatic as all this,Continue Reading

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