Fool’s Paradise: new Adelaide Fringe venue in 2023

Fool's Paradise, The Pyramid, new Fringe venue in 2023.
Victoria Square is to become a new Fringe venue is 2023. Fool’s Paradise is an exciting new festival precinct that will host a variety of acts across two distinctive venues, The Vault & The Pyramid.

Fool’s Paradise is a new festival precinct located at Tarntanyangga – Victoria Square that will host a variety of acts across two distinctive venues, The Vault & The Pyramid. The inaugural program will present over 25 Adelaide Fringe acts to create a central paradise for festival fans and families.

The Pyramid

This unique festival space at Victoria Square will be the home to The Pyramid, a Fringe venue like no other. Standing at a whopping 15m tall it will be impossible to miss. Hosting a selection of burlesque, music, dance and circus acts the program will be headlined by internationally respected performance artists, Penny Arcade. The Pyramid will also celebrate South Australia’s exceptional food and drink choices through exclusive long-table lunches that include exceptional eats and even better acts.

Visitors can expect world-class acts within a gorgeous outdoor site with space to enjoy the sunshine

Thomas Gorham, Co-founder of Head First Acrobats & Fool’s Paradise

Headlining Fool’s Paradise is the return of Head First Acrobats’ award winning show GODZ (2022 Best Circus and Adelaide Fringe Critics Choice weekly award). GODZ provides a sneak peek into the lives of the ancient Gods of Olympus as they paint the scene of Ancient Greece. Expect a bodyssey of gravity defying stunts, tests of heroic strength, and slapstick comedy Head First Acrobats have become famous for.

YUCK Circus

During the evenings at Fool’s Paradise audiences of all ages will have a choice between multiple high-quality, expert circus, physical theatre and music acts from long-time Fringe favourites such as YUCK Circus and Barbaroi and internationally acclaimed performers. Among those; French aerialist Farid Ayelem Rahmouni. Weekend late-nights will see Paradise turn into an afterparty with adults-only shows, Crème de la Crème and CLUB FREAK OUT! set to charm audiences well into the night.

Designed especially for Adelaide

Fool’s Paradise is an all-new Fringe destination designed especially for Adelaide by Head First Acrobats, who have proven to be crowd-favourites at Festivals across Australia and internationally year-after-year. As a company, they are dedicated to providing world-class circus and physical theatre performances – and now a festival space in the heart of Adelaide.


“I love the sense of family and community in Adelaide Fringe. Each year friends from all over the world converge into one frenzied month for the Fringe. It’s a beautiful thing.” Says Thomas Gorham, Co-founder of Head First Acrobats & Fool’s Paradise.

“We started Fool’s Paradise for a multitude of reasons. This festival offers so many opportunities, and we’re hoping our site can offer stable financial and working conditions for festival artists after a pretty tough couple of years. Visitors can expect world-class acts within a gorgeous outdoor site with space to enjoy the sunshine, a South Australian wine and connect with the arts scene in Australia’s largest arts festival,” says Gorham.


Free to enter

Fool’s Paradise is free to enter and alongside ticketed performances attendees will be treated to free outdoor shows surrounded by the beauty of Adelaide’s city centre. There will be a selection of Adelaide specialty food trucks on site and a long-bar open late into the evening. Special dining events are ticketed and must be booked in advance.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00pm – midnight

Friday – Sunday (and public holiday Monday): 11:00am to midnight

Tickets on sale now through FringeTIX.

Fool’s Paradise

The Vault

The Pyramid


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