Last year was my first Adelaide Writer’s Week, Fringe and Festival visit.
It was so good I came back this year – and brought friends for Writer’s Week if you read my earlier blogs you’ll know how much we enjoyed that week.
This week is I’m spending time with the family. My niece Vashti is a musician but isn’t in any festival shows this year, unfortunately. But we’ve been to a few great shows.
Last week we saw a band playing Blues & Soul , for women comedians and a very funny choir.
This week we went up to the Adelaide Hills to Ukaria. This cultural Centre is purpose built for chamber music.
Today we went to a play called Blindness.
It was a very different experience.
Based on Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness, England’s Juliet Stevenson’s gripping narration unfolds around you through headphones handed out on arrival.
The theatre goes dark, the seats are grouped in twos around a large warehouse space. The story is about a city facing an epidemic of blindness. Those affected are moved to a disused asylum. The city panics.
There are strobe lights that flash occasionally, surround sound so you feel like someone is whispering in your ear.
I listened mostly with my eyes closed!
The end is hopeful – but what an experience.
Later tonight. In fact st 8.30 we went back to the city for a cabaret jazz show.
In 1956, acclaimed jazz vocalist Ella Fitzerald did a season at Zardi’s Jazzland in Los Angeles. Tonight sublime jazz singer Louise Messenger and her band recreated the show at Zardis.
What a great night. This Festival is great. It’s well supported by locals. It’s struggled a little during covid probably more with this years very contagious omicron. Some shows cancelled during to the performer catching it.
But the show goes on.
I can recommend visiting Adelaide during this time. There is so much on at such a variety of venues. It never feeling over crowded.