SA Life

Get CityMag in your inbox. Subscribe
February 25, 2021

Fringe at a distance

If you're an arts fan who's still not comfortable with large gatherings, the Adelaide Fringe has plenty of shows on offer just for you.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem
  • Pictures: Supplied

Despite the high levels of normality we’ve been able to eke back amid the pandemic, there may still be some arts lovers amongst us who don’t yet feel completely comfortable huddling en masse in a theatre.

The folks behind the Adelaide Fringe know this, and they don’t want anybody to miss out on their 2021 season.

This Fringe features a selection of COVID-considerate shows, available to view from a distance.

Below we’ve highlighted our six picks of the bunch available via livestream or by drive-in.


Baby, What Blessings

Written by British playwright Siofra Dromgoole and presented by Adelaide/Melbourne-based theatre company Deus Ex Femina, Baby, What Blessings follows Billie, a self-aware yet naïve 19-year-old white woman, who is only beginning to understand the politics of race through her new relationship with Amal. Baby, What Blessings is a single-actor piece featuring Deus Ex Femina founder Katherine Sortini in the role of Billie.

9—21 March
The AmphiTheatre at Black Box Theatres
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Streaming live on 12, 16, 18 & 21 March.





Country Chic

In Country Chic, Jared Gerschwitz recounts his experience growing up “a little fabulous” in country South Australia. Jared left the dirt roads and wheat fields of his hometown for an adventure amongst the big city lights of London, and has now returned to SA with a story of how he is influenced by and feels part of both worlds.

19 February—14 March
Open Air Theatre at Black Box Theatres
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Streaming live on 23 February and 2, 4 & 13 March.



EGG is a new solo work from award-winning performer Erin. The show sees Erin consider motherhood after being confronted by a Facebook ad telling her that, at 32, her proverbial clock is ticking and her eggs are “dying off”. Through dance, clowning and a pulsating ‘80s soundtrack, EGG explores how we make and live with big decision in life.

19 February—21 March
Black Box Theatre at Black Box Theatres
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Streaming live on 20 February and 6, 7 & 19 March.



Grief Ligtning: A Satire in 78 Slides

Conspiracy theories need not always lead to insurrection. In Grief Lightning: A Satire in 78 Slides, you will be thrown into a wormhole of Grease fandom within which there resides a theory Sandy actually drowns in the opening scene of the film and the rest of the story is her coma fantasy. In 13 scenes and 78 slides, you’ll journey into a world of wigs, jackets and surreal projection.

23—28 February at Fokus Creatives
8—13 March at Studio at Bakehouse Theatre
Streaming live on 17-18 March.
You can watch a pre-recorded version of the show on 19-21 March.



See the Big Man Cry: The Life and Music of Drought Turgid

From the mind of multi-disciplinary performer Eddie Morrison, See The Big Man Cry is a musical salute to Drought Turgid, the unsung (and fictional) hero of country music by Drought Turgid himself. Drought is backed by his band The Turgid Boys (aka the excellent Haystacks Calhoon), so be prepared for a rootin’, tootin’ good time.

24 February—14 March
Rumpus Theatre
100 Sixth Street, Bowden
Streaming live on 26 February




Traffic is billed as South Australia’s first drive-in, pop-up, socially distanced dance work, so it is one Fringe show taking the concept of COVID safety very seriously. Choreographed by Lewis Major, Traffic is a 25-minute dance work popping up at five drive-in theatres across the state, featuring eight South Australian dancers and scored live by local rock band Indiago.

4—20 March
Multiple locations: Barossa, Mount Barker, Yankalilla, Port Elliot and Mount Gambier



Share —