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Don't miss these gripping performances that delve into resilience, societal challenges and whimsical clown weddings

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Mark Thomas in England & Son
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Published 06 Feb 2024

England & Son

Holden Street Theatres, until 17 March

A searing one-man play by Ed Edwards, powerfully brought to life by stand-up comedian Mark Thomas, depicting a young man's spiral through abuse and addiction. Balancing the brutality of personal experience with social insight, the play is a moving story about the consequences of colonialism and capitalism, with moments of kindness and hope amid the darkness.

Anna Piper Scott photo by Olly Lawrence

An Evening With JK

The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, until 17 March

In a special one-on-one interview, comedian Anna Piper Scott adopts the persona of children's author JK. Is this globally acclaimed writer the beacon of contemporary feminism or the emblem of a divisive movement fuelled with animosity?

Britt Plummer image courtesy of Adelaide Fringe

Fool's Paradise

The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, until 3 March

Britt Plummer’s clown wedding takes an unexpected turn as her fiancé Otto is conspicuously absent, setting the stage for a modern day love story sprinkled with humour and touching moments. Through song, puppetry, and masterly physicality, this rom-com explores the challenges of long-distance relationships.

Blood of the Lamb photo by Jason Kuykendall

Blood of the Lamb 

The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, until 17 March

Playwright Arlene Hutton serves a stark warning about the broader implications for women following the fall of Roe v. Wade, illustrating the realities of abortion restrictions across 18 US states. 

Burn it. image courtesy of Adelaide Fringe

Burn it.

Verandah Private at The Strathmore Hotel, until 14 March

After a tumultuous break-up a couple from the LGBTQIA+ community go camping. Will they opt for healthy and healing discussions or instead resort to alcohol and avoidance? The play explores mental health, abuse and unreciprocated affection in a darkly comic narrative.

Helios photo by Paul Baxter


The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, until 17 March

Multi award-winning storytellers Wright&Grainger present their piece about the Son of the God of the Sun, transplanting the Ancient Greek tale into a modern-day myth, all told by a solo performer in an intimate space and accompanied by a cinematic score.

Party Girl photo by Clare Hawley

Party Girl

Star Theatres, until 25 February

Lucy Heffernan’s rock ‘n' roll monologue takes audiences on a journey through the mind of hot mess and kids party entertainer Fairy Sprinkles, exploring love, faith and the impact of mental illness on family along the way.

Me, My Cult & I photo by Naomi Reed

Me, My Cult & I

Jack & Jill's Basement Bar, until 16 March

A moving and honest piece by acclaimed West Australian-based writer, performer, and storyteller Colin Ebsworth about being raised in a cult by parents that were matched in a mass wedding in Madison Square Garden in the 80s.

Andrew Cupri photo by Jamois

A Solo Commedia dell' Arte Show

The Courtyard of Curiosities at the Migration Museum, until 10 March

Andrew Crupi is back following a sell-out season in 2023, switching seamlessly between multiple characters, through the use of traditional Commedia dell' Arte masks and storytelling. A charming production for all ages, with accompaniment by musician Jake Morrison and his live original score.

Long Drive Together photo by Motley Bauhaus

Long Drive Together by Neptune Henriksen

Secret Basement @ WEA, until 10 March

Critically acclaimed writer/director Neptune Henriksen presents their heartfelt play which follows two high school friends, Solar and Dylan, who reunite fifteen years later to take a road trip from Adelaide to country NSW to visit the grave of a mutual friend. This moving, coming-of-age tale stars Neptune Henriksen and Lou Sebial in the lead roles.