Best of Fringe Variety Review @ Adelaide Fringe 2021

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Returning to the Adelaide Fringe for its tenth year, ‘Best Of Fringe Variety’ gives Fringe-goers a taste of all the Fringe has to offer in one conveniently-packaged, fun-filled show spectacular.


Featuring a rotating cast of performers from a variety of genres including (but not limited to) magicians, singers, dancers, comedians, acrobats, aerialists and more ‘Best of Fringe Variety’ is the longest-running indoor variety show at the Adelaide Fringe and one of only a few that can guarantee audiences a different show every night.

On the night I attended (8 March) audiences were treated to a nervewracking performance from a knife-juggling stunt man, witnessed the raw power of an opera singer’s voice and marvelled at the strength, skill and grace of an aerial artist and hula hoop performer. Skilled athlete Basketball Man cemented his place as the favourite act among younger audience members with his jaw-dropping basketball skills; while lovable MC and magician Patrick McCullagh kept the show moving at an enjoyable pace while also entertaining audience members with his magical talents and quick (at times corny) wit.

While current COVID guidelines recommend against performers calling upon audience volunteers the talented cast at Monday night’s performance handled the restrictions well; engaging with the audience from afar and finding new, creative ways to interact with and at times bring the audience into the show.

With its PG rating ‘Best Of Fringe Variety’ is a fun and exciting family-friendly show that offers something for everyone and the children in attendance on Monday night were audibly impressed by what they saw, whispering in amazement and laughing and cheering loudly.

The variety of acts featured in this one-hour performance makes it the perfect show to see if you are unsure about what style of performances you like (or just want to experience all the Fringe has to offer in one place); and with a new line-up each night audiences can attend the show multiple times and never see the same performance.

‘Best of Fringe Variety’ plays in The Octagon, Gluttony until 21 March.

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