A Bedtime Story – Adelaide Fringe 2019

This may be titled ‘A Bedtime Story’, but it’s way too funny and entertaining to have you drifting off to sleep. I’m intrigued by the idea of being able to “get rich quick” utilising Dungeons & Dragons podcasts and then sharing that with sell out audiences. I thought Dungeons & Dragons and mainstream popularity was an oxymoron…

SAT: Thanks for your time, Dice Paper Role…So it seems that Dungeons & Dragons is pretty popular! Is this something you’ve had an interest in for a long time?

Ben: I actually started playing Dungeons & Dragons when I was about 10 years old, but the biggest hurdle was always finding other people who were into it or knew how to play. Fast forward 10 years to when I met Greg (also a member of DPR), and he ran my very first proper game. We’ve been playing together for almost 20 years now, and the members of our original group still make up the core of our inner circle of friends. When Greg left Queensland for Melbourne in 2016, we started playing with a new group who had never played before. That group ended up as the cast of Dice Paper Role.

READ the full interview with Sam About Town HERE

A Bedtime Story with DPR is on March 8-16 (excluding Monday)
Loft at A Club Adelaide
109 – 111 Waymouth St, Adelaide

Tickets can be purchased here:
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/a-bedtime-story-with-dpr-af2019

Cristina Lark – Adelaide Fringe 2019

Sam About Town managed to sit down with Cristina Lark and after a few games of Candy Crush we eventually talked about her Adelaide Fringe show.

I would have shared this interview with your earlier, but…..

….yes, procrastination gets to us all. Some are in denial, some get frustrated or disheartened. Some turn it into an awesome 5 star show!

Sam About Town managed to sit down with Cristina Lark and after a few games of Candy Crush we eventually talked about her Adelaide Fringe show.

SAT: Thanks for your time Cristina. Could you tell us more about your show?

CL: You don’t have to thank me for my time. I have plenty of time. The show is about leaving everything to the last minute (or never getting round to doing it), missing deadlines, and being always late. You know, ficticios scenarios that never happen to any of us because we’ve all got our shit together. It answers questions such as “why do we procrastinate?”, “is procrastination genetic”?, “Is being always late a lack of respect for others?”, “Do we procrastinate because of lack of willpower?”, “Should we really listen to our shoulder angel?”, “What would have happened if the bravest people in human history had procrastinated?”, “What if there’s a better version of us living happily in a parallel universe in a different timeline?”, and “What is time, anyway?”

Read Sam about town Full interview with Cristina HERE

Cristina Lark: Caution – Deadline Ahead (A Comedy About Procrastination) is on
27 Feb – 16 March (excluding 4, 5, 11 March) Loft at A Club Adelaide
109 – 111 Waymouth St, Adelaide


Tickets can be purchased here:  Cristina-lark-caution-deadline-ahead-a-comedy-about-procrastination-af2019

Pamela’s Palace – Adelaide Fringe 2019

Pamela’s Palace at the Aclub fringe 2019

Set in a buzzing hair and beauty salon, this trio of quirky, crazy ladies, will take you on a journey of revealed secrets, glamour, music, hilarity and brilliant choreography. Intrigued? Grab a prosecco and pull up a chair. Sam About Town booked an appointment to find out more…

SAT: I enter the salon and junior salon assistant Bronwyn welcomes me. I do enjoy beginning a session with a glass of bubbly. Thanks Bronwyn. Can you set the scene for our readers? What is this salon like?

Bronwyn: Pam says it’s not always about the messy bun it’s about the layers, not just loose tousled ones but our personal ones – she said I haven’t found mine yet. We dance a lot, Pam insists we express ourselves through movement and hair. Tiff is our best stylist, but don’t tell Pam I said that – she’s got some really dank moves. I’ve learned a lot at Pamela’s Palace it’s the only place to get the best out of your hair.

Venue: The A Club (main room), 109-111 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000
Dates: 1-16 March 2019 (performances daily)
Time: 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm).

Read The Full interview with Sam about Town here

Purchase tickets here :https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/pamela-s-palace-af2019

Hearing Loss, The Musical! – Adelaide Fringe 2019

Tom GK: Hearing Loss, The Musical

“A rare disease, a music critic who always dreamt of being on stage, a triumphant premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Tom GK: Hearing Loss, The Musical! is as unlikely as it is compelling.”

That certainly sounds compelling ! So we sent Sam about town off to give us an insight into the show and Tom GK.

SAT: Tom, your media release really has piqued our attention. We’d like to find out more about how your life changed from your dream job as a music critic to the writer and performer of this musical about hearing loss. Firstly, can you tell us about your dream job?

TGK: I became a music journalist after working on all the student magazines at university. After I graduated I couldn’t find a clear path to writing about music so I decided to stand outside newspaper offices with business cards for a blog I’d written. It got quite a bit of attention in the UK and I ended up getting my foot in the door.

SAT: Sounds pretty exciting! Have you got any stories you can share with us about the celebs?

TGK: Once, when I was a student I went to the cinema and realised I was In the queue with Nick Cave. I ended up being one of three journalists (someone from the Daily Telegraph, Zane Lowe for the BBC and yours truly, the music editor of Sussex University’s student newspaper, The Badger. During my interview disaster happened and my dictaphone broke. That could have been a sucker punch for a 20-year-old fledgling writer but Nick Cave was wonderful. He sent the drummer off to fix my equipment while he and I had a cup of tea and discussed my English Literature degree. He is an absolute gentleman.   

Read Sams full interview with Tom GK here

Find Tickets to this and other amazing Call this Guy shows at the A Club

Confetti ? Ashley Rose – Adelaide Fringe 2019

Ashley Rose – ” Confetti” – Adelaide fringe 2019

90s pop songs, alcohol issues, shit relationships, procrastination, obsessions…..all woven into a heady mix of hilarity and entertainment. You got me at the mention of confetti…

Sam About Town went on a mission to find out exactly how much of a mess to expect…

SAT: Confetti sounds like a show that has something for everyone. Can you tell us more about it? How messy does it get? Will we need counselling or dry cleaning afterwards?

AR: I kinda feel like everyone gets this feeling their lives a mess. Memes and vines on facebook are always about how no one has got their sh*t together. Like we’re all just kind of in a real life Bird Box situation. No one really knows where they’re going and we are all trying to avoid the looming doom, which in real life equates to paying bills on time, going to work, avoiding existential dread, having healthy happy relationships… you know, just generally pretending it’s all good. Also, relatable things that we’ve all dealt with like body shaming, obsessions, problems with alcohol, terrible relationships and weird dating stories. I once hid a Tinder date’s phone in his freezer, tucked neatly away under his naan bread… but you’ll have to watch the show to hear more about that one. I wanted to connect with people about things we can all relate to and feel bad about, but instead of beating ourselves up, to celebrate them. We’re all like confetti – we can be a bit of a mess, but that’s what makes us truly beautiful.

SAT:  Personally I love drag queens and so I’m intrigued about your “unhealthy obsession’ with them. Please tell us more!

AR: There’s a segment in the show when I hark back to when it all began, sweaty night clubs in my youth dancing to so much Britney and Gaga to try and get free drinks and front row seats to see all the drag queens in their glory every weekend. Now it’s me making breakfast…watching rupauls drag race, driving to work, listening to drag podcasts, partner trying to go to sleep but I just have to watch a youtube tutorial of Lucy Garland, hiding my head under the covers and sticking my headphones in. I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of twisting gender and am so glad that females in drag have become such a more seen and accepted thing as I believe were all putting on forms of drag every day. Whether its changing your appearance with mascara or a chiseled glitter and pink cut crease its all an illusion I find so incredibly fascinating and artistic.

Read the rest of Sam exclusive interview with Ashley rose HERE

Ruby Slipper Chronicles – Adelaide Fringe 2019

“Dropping houses on witches……stealing shoes from bitches.”
Intrigued yet? I am!
This comedic cabaret and its award winning creator and star, Aurélie Roque, is coming to Adelaide for the first time this Fringe. Sam About Town was lucky enough to to break into Aurélie’s busy schedule to find out more.

Ruby slipper Chronicles – Aurelie Roque

SAT: You won’t really drop a house on us will you? Please tell us more. Do we need to bring a hard hat?

AR: Look, I can’t promise I’ll “bring the house down” (pun completely intended), but I’m about to do my darndest! In all honesty, this all about sitting back and laughing (and sometimes crying) along with me at the bizarre stories that make up my life since my move to Australia.

SAT: How closely does this cabaret follow the story of Wizard of OZ and what was your inspiration for creating this show?

AR: Considering I moved from Kansas to Oz during a tornado (my plane almost wasn’t allowed to take off), I’ve found it very strange how similar the two adventures actually are! I’ve said it before, but I didn’t write this show; this show seems to write ME. Once I started looking at the similarities, so many more just came barreling at me. Granted, I talk more about metaphorical lions, tinmen, and scarecrows, but the coincidences are just too obvious NOT to spot. And the crazy thing is, my story isn’t over yet! Each time I’ve done this cabaret, it’s been a little different, with new stories to tell. So it’s almost like the show is a living, breathing entity.

Read more of Sam interview with Aurelie HERE

Red Light Confidential – Adelaide Fringe 2019

“We have weirdos, freaks, lovemakers and even some heartbreakers. We’re going to show some leg and make a shimmy.”

If that doesn’t make you want to snap up a ticket to one of the hottest shows in the Fringe, then read on and be ready to be convinced! Red Light Confidential is a showcase of burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy and magic and is one of the most popular and well known touring variety shows in the country.

Sam About Town chatted recently with producers Kelly Ann Doll and Michael Wheatley.

SAT: The type of acts and experience level of performers in a Red Light Confidential show is so varied and yet you manage to coordinate it into one cohesive show. Could you tell us more about this format that has “newbies rubbing shoulders with seasoned pros”?

RLC: We started as an industry night, we wanted to provide a safe space for performers to try out new acts and for newbies to get a handle on the ropes. 

SAT: With such a variety of performers, do you find there is a creative exchange of ideas including mentoring from the more experienced performers and fresh energy and new ideas from the emerging acts?

RLC: Definitely. There are so many connections that have been made from artists meeting and networking at the show over the years and we’ve watched people go from being stage kittens to successful name artists. 

Read more about what Red light Confidential had to say about their upcoming Adelaide Fringe season HERE

My Grandmothers M.A.I.D – Adelaide Fringe 2019

Award winning Canadian comedian, actor and playwright, Dion Arnold, is an international success, touring around the world to high acclaim and he brings to Adelaide his show, ‘My Grandmother’s M.A.I.D.’ If his credentials aren’t enough to entice you, then one of his reviews should, “Even his laugh is funny.” – what more could you ask for!

SAT: The subject matter of your show is very serious and also personal. How is it also a comedy? Can you tell us more about it?

DA: haha I love this about Australians.. Serious and personal?! How can that be funny? Haha but that’s all I know how to make fun of! Myself and things that need to be taken down a peg. Like myself!

Humour comes from the juxtaposition of our expectation vs. reality. Misdirection (expectation) and reveal (Reality). Take my show for instance, the expectation is that death is sad, ( Oh, did no one know it’s about death? Oh, well, it’s not. It’s about… bunnings. Yeah. bunnings. And snags.) but the ensuing reality of the situation that my family experienced was so far from sad. It was hilarious in fact, because my grandmother was so happy. And that expectation being flipped on its head is what made the situation so funny, and is the reason why this show is a comedy and is why the humour works.


We are certainly being spoilt this Adelaide Fringe! Read the full interview with Sam in the link HERE

Pity Party – Adelaide Fringe 2019

“Two friends follow their dream of creating a sketch show, but as the night goes on they realise their dreams might be a little out of reach. It’s comedy, it’s burlesque, it’s slap stick, it’s Sweaty Pits’ debut show, it’s harder than they thought. A sketch show for those who question what they are doing with their lives and then do it anyway.”

Sam About Town was curious to find out more! Luckily co-creators Frankie McNair and Miriam Slater were happy to oblige.

Pity Party – Adelaide fringe 2019

SAT: Welcome to Adelaide Fringe! Excited?

SP: Excited?! Adelaide Fringe has late night churros, rides, and some of the best performers in the country! You better believe we are excited! CHURROS!

SAT: You wrote your first sketch together in 2016 and have been developing ideas since. Can you tell us more about this show and what inspired you to write it?

SP: This show is an absurd, silly, self reflection on what happens when you riff with your best friend too hard and two years later you are somehow holding an hour long show in your hot little hands. How did we get here? We don’t know. But thank you for having us. The actual show is made up of our favourite sketches and leads to us questioning if what we love doing is valid enough to peruse it with as much vigour as we currently are. It’s heaps meta. 

READ the Full interview HERE

Is Steve Chang’s Fringe show really ‘A Complete Waste of Time ‘

Interview by Tema (subscribe)    –   (courtesy weekend notes)
A Club Adelaide Fringe : Event: 15/02/2019 – 24/02/2019

Don’t be fooled by the name of this Fringe show, because Steve Chang‘s show A Complete Waste of Time will take its audience on an “introspective journey”, where they can explore the meaning of life. Using the art of stand-up comedy and storytelling, audience members are encouraged to walk into the show with a (very) open mind, as they experience little snippets of Chang’s life and be entertained for 55 minutes, which will be equal parts hilarious and intriguing.

Read the Full Steve Chang interview with Tema read here

Book your tickets to his show here and follow Chang on his social media platforms: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter.