Adelaide Gets Wordy

  • Written by  Jamie Arbuckle
  • Thursday, 30 May 2013 16:26
Published in Arts  
Matt Lucas will headline Word Adelaide. Matt Lucas will headline Word Adelaide.

Adelaide's newest festival explores all the sounds your mouth makes.


Headlined by English comedian/ screenwriter/ singer/ actor Matt Lucas (of Little Britain fame), Word Adelaide is an exploration of the power of words. Calling on special guests such as bassist Guy Pratt, comedians Kitty Flanagan, and professor of language Roly Sussex, the festival is designed to entertain, inspire and explore the ways that language has evolved since people first stumbled out of caves and grunted at each other.

The festival features some stand out performances, including In Their Own Words, which is basically a conversation hosted by Matt Lucas, Kitty Flanagan and Roly Sussex. The discussion deals with their creative processes, linguistics, and the role that words play in their creative lives.

Words Without Music is a special presentation by bassist Guy Pratt, whose most famous work was with Pink Floyd, and Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp. Along with some surprise musical guests, the show will explore how lyrics work and the stories that created them.

If you're looking for other wordly fare to take your fancy, the festival will also feature a rap battle, soapbox, yarn spinning with Kitty Flanagan and an intimate Dreamtime story-telling session with Indigenous elders.

Word Adelaide runs from August 15-18.

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