Listen up parents... There’s a place you can take the whole family this Fringe season that’s like stepping into another world. No we’re not talking about The Garden of Unearthly Delights, we’re talking about the Botanic Garden – an oasis of beautifully landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and stunning architecture.
And it’s set for a world-class, mind-blowing month come Fringe season, as it plays host to cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design.
From mid-February to mid-March the Garden will be stacked with performances and activities for all ages and tastes.
Your Kids have had a little squiz through the program and it looks absolutely fantastic.
So get those pencils out and start marking the dates in your diary. Be careful though, it’ll start filling up very quickly and you can say goodbye to those relaxing nights on the couch. You’ll thank us later though once you’ve been to some of these shows.
For the kiddies…
Mr Badger tells the story of The Wind in the Willows
A delightful and intimate storytelling performance of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic The Wind in the Willows. First published in 1908, the story celebrates the joys of the natural world and friendship. This lively re-telling entertains youngsters and satisfies devotees.
Mr Badger tells the story of Toad, Ratty and Mole and their adventures on the Riverbank, the Open Road, the Wild Wood and Toad Hall. With the help of his small hand-made models of scenes and characters, he presents children with the chance to listen to a finely crafted story with wonderful descriptive language and enter an imaginary world.
Under a shady tree in the garden’s beautiful surroundings, the unique performance makes an ideal family outing for children, parents and grandchildren alike. The performance lasts roughly 35 minutes and picnic style seating and rugs are provided.
When: 13-14 Feb, 27-28 Feb, 10:30am and 12noon
Where: Meet at the friends’ gate
Cost: $13, $48 for family
Magical Adventures in the Enchanted Garden – Rainbow Kids & Family Yoga
Come along and experience Rainbow Kids & Family Yoga, and go on a magical journey in the Enchanted Garden. Dress up with the magical theme and invite all your friends and family, suitable for all ages. Yoga is so much fun when you do it together, so come and get lost in your imagination while creating awesome yoga poses, enjoy a massage, get creative with craft activities and enjoy song and dance. This is a free event for the whole family and every child receives a special gift.
When: Saturday 13 February, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Lawns near the Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Cosmo the Clown A Bit of Fun & Magic
Roll up, roll up and let Cosmo entertain you with magic, comedy, music and dance. After years of busking and hosting kids parties, Cosmo has perfected the art of pure, light-hearted entertainment. Be enchanted by his charismatic personality and join in the antics of a fun filled show. A Bit Of Fun & Magic is a perfect show for the whole family!
When: 13-14, 20-21 March, 2:30pm
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden
Step into an extraordinary fairy tale. In the heart of summer-time blooms, Otanical invites the audience to enter a world of imagination, possibility and mystery – looking between what is there and what is not. Be immersed in a magical other world – the world of Otanical. In a 360-degree virtual reality performance, characters come to life through dance and theatre, and you – the audience. And so, the dream begins.
Created by a multi-award winning team and the characters of Otanical.
Suitable for all ages. Find them at The Barber Shop Rotunda.
When: 5-6, 13-14 March, 11am – 5pm, Duration 5mins
Where: Barber Shop Rotunda
And for mum and dad….
The Noel Lothian Hall in the Botanic Gardens is turning into a set from World War 1.
The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana, Agamemnon and Macbeth
The 2014 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award-winning triptych, The Bunker Trilogy depicts three classic legends rediscovered in the heart of the Great War. The internationally-acclaimed, multi award-winning, sell-out sensation returns to Adelaide in the third centenary year of the First World War, after two sold-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, The Seoul Performing Arts Festival South Korea, and two acclaimed London runs.
When: 13 February-14 March (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays), 7pm Wed-Sat, plus 4pm matinee on Sunday
Where: Noel Lothian Hall, enter via Goodman Gates, Hackney Road
Cost: Tickets $25 ($20 concession, $17 artist, $15 preview)
The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana
Inspired by the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. On the reserve lines of World War One, three young soldiers in search of distraction and delight find more than they’d bargained for in the beautiful, mysterious and mystical Morgana Le Fay.
The friend’s pass the time with stories of adventures and battles lost and won. A dark and mysterious power haunts the trenches, taunting the brave knights with thoughts of home, of their school days, of the lives they’ve left behind – for king and country.
The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon
An intense reimagining of the Ancient Greek legend. Enter the trenches of the First World War, 1918, and journey into the delusions of a shell-shocked solider, devastated by war, cut off from help, convinced of a plot to bring him down.
Lying bloodied and wounded, the officer dreams of his return home, to his wife, to England. As the darkness descends and the enemy mounts it’s final attack, only one thought haunts Agamemnon: “what is there to live for?”
The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth
An immersive and intense re imagining of the Shakespearean legend thrusts you deep into the trenches of the First World War as the warrior, tormented by witches, hallucinations and apparitions, prepares for his final battle.
Trapped on the front lines, his murderous deeds behind him, the weird sisters propel the soldier through his deepest memories as the bloody truth of his actions falls full force on Shakespeare’s greatest killer.
Across no man’s land, the enemy is stirring; above the trenches mortars fall from the sky; in the dugout, Macbeth’s greatest threat comes from the men who stand beside him.