5 Quirky And Crazy Shows To See At The 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

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Stuck on what to head along to this Adelaide Cabaret Festival season?

Luckily you're spoiled for choice, but in case you need a little help to narrow it down, here are five shows that you might not normally head along to, because hey, what's wrong with trying something new?

Iota – Slap and Tickle

21-22 June
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse
Slap is a clown and Tickle is his gimp. When they take to the stage to perform it is something they have done a thousand times before. Neither of them expects this will be their last show together. Backed by an 11-piece orchestra, 'Slap And Tickle' is an hilarious and unexpectedly moving exploration of the variety genre, enduring talent and the ties that bind.

Liner Notes Live

14-15 June
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Blue Room
A literary cabaret in tribute to a classic album – one night The Blues Brothers and another The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Song by song, a stellar line-up of writers, poets, musicians, comedians and more deliver personal stories and original creative works in response to the hallowed vinyl.

Socalled Sings Yiddish with Zephyr Quartet

15-16 June
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Quartet Bar in Festival Theatre foyer
Socalled is the “mad wizard of Yiddish Hip-Hop”. He goes back to his roots in his groundbreaking – and heartbreaking – show. Featuring the Zephyr Quartet, the programme presents songs from the Yiddish Theatre, Hassidic melodies, Klezmer, folksong, songs from the Holocaust, from Israel and even some original new songs. The show is funny, sad, beautiful, and dark.

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'My Life In The Nude' – Image © Paul Dunn

Suburban Gothic - Directed by Steven Gates (Tripod)

9-10 June
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Blue Room
Is Australia going to hell in a hand basket? Neo-Nazi rallies. Clive Palmer singing Twisted Sister. And Kyle Sandilands still using a microphone. These are very unsettling times – For those who’ve come across the sea, do we still have “boundless plains to share?” From the multi Green Room Award-winning creators of 'The Beautiful Losers' comes the antidote for the War Against Terror generation. Strap in for this pitch-black, bone-shudderingly hilarious creepshow, with all original songs and thrilling tales of suburban horror.

My Life In The Nude

9-10 June
Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre
In 2013, Maude Davey retired her nude acts with a celebration of her body of work, which included the notorious ‘My C**t’ monologue that was made into an acclaimed short film, the infamous ‘Secret Strawberry’ routine that made her a lesbian icon in the nineties. However, just like John Farnham, she keeps coming back to do it for the last time – again. Moving between autobiographical monologue and highly produced performance pieces, this show is much more than the sum of its parts, it’s a truly transformative night in the theatre.  

Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs from 7-22 June.



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