Adelaide Festival: Ruth Mackenzie’s top shows to see

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Ruth Mackenzie, Adelaide Festival's Artistic Director, shares with FIFTY+SA her top five picks for AF23.
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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

3 – 12 March, Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Picture of Dorian Gray was one of the smash hits of the 2022 Adelaide Festival, and director/adaptor Kip Williams has again brought his signature personal touches to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, to incorporate live video and quick changes by actors Ewen Leslie and Matthew Backer in this dazzling new production. Follow London lawyer Gabriel Utterson’s attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding his friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the shadowy Mr Edward Hyde.

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17 – 19 March, Her Majesty’s Theatre

The farcical world of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector inspired this astonishing new work from one of the world’s best dance theatre companies, Kidd Pivot. The recorded script provides the score for arresting choreography brought to life by the phenomenal dancers and costumes, who move in sync with the spoken words. Gogol’s 19th-century work, set in politically corrupt Imperial Russia, draws many parallels with the 21st century…including the satirical ones!

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Air Play

15 – 19 March, Festival Theatre

Creators and performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone are also married to one another! They’ve travelled the world performing this incredible, wordless work to over 150,000 people. It’s suitable for audiences 5 years and up – perfect to bring the grandchildren!

You’ll see umbrellas flying impossibly high, fabrics soaring over the audience, balloons swallowing people and even swirling snow, in this breathtaking work paying homage to the power of air. With clever use of movement and technology, I guarantee you will leave with a smile!

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The Sheep Song

16 – 19 March, Dunstan Playhouse

Belgian theatre company FC Bergman is currently Europe’s most talked-about collectives, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.

This captivating, wordless fable follows the story of one sheep who feels the desire to lead a more glorious life. It strikes a Faustian bargain and undergoes the ultimate transformation to being a fantastical odyssey, encountering the inexplicable and irrational world of human beings, with all its flamboyant and exotic characters.

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16 March, Adelaide Oval

Lorde’s impossibly catchy hit song “Royals” shot her to fame in 2013 as a 16-year-old from New Zealand who took the pop world by storm with her enthralling vocals and commanding stage presence. This special event at Adelaide Oval’s Village Green marks her first South Australian visit since 2014.

Celebrating her 2021 album, Solar Power, Lorde is joined by LA-based trio MUNA (fresh from supporting Taylor Swift!) and South Australian singer-songwriter Stellie.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the undeniable talent of these brilliant musicians on a warm summer evening.

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Adelaide Festival

3 – 19 March 2023


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