Adelaide Fringe 2022

The Best Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022 – Rate & Reviewed!

Check out our guide to the best shows at Adelaide Fringe 2022!

As I write this, we are currently visiting a plethora of Adelaide Fringe 2022 events spanning Comedy, Cabaret, Magic, Circus and Dance shows until Saturday 5th March.

We have barely touched the surface of the 1000+ Adelaide Fringe shows available to see and we spent hours going through the Adelaide Fringe website to decide on the ones we’ve selected here. So we understand all too well, how overwhelming is it to decide what to choose.

Our final roster includes an eclectic mix of some of the best Adelaide Fringe 2022 shows.

To help you pick the shows you’d like to see, we’ve rated the ones we’ve seen at Adelaide Fringe 2022, based on the following; Humour, Entertaining & Our Overall Experience. 

Furthermore, the handy ‘Make it quick’ menu will take you straight to the genre you are most interested in.

Why Trust Our Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022?

A little background on us; we are two London girls who thrive on being entertained.

We spent years in London seeking out the best pop-ups, theatre experiences and basically anything that would transport us away from our boring 9-5 jobs.

We’ve been transported through a waterfall, surrounded by alcoholic smoke, which led into a bar hosted by mermen.  This is actually where we first met Reuben Kaye! Furthermore, we have joined immersive experiences through Alice’s Adventures and Goosebumps.  We’ve even kept up with the Jones’, eating dishwasher tablet-shaped macaroons and swimming in baths filled with rubber ducks.

What we are trying to get across is that it takes a lot to entertain us! With this in mind, you can trust our honest scores for each of the shows we’ve seen below.

We’ve also added in a few honourable mentions, which we sadly won’t get to see as we can’t extend our stay in Adelaide any longer (we’ve already extended this week!).

We are heading to Thailand later this month to visit our family for the first time since covid though! Follow us here if you’d like to see how that goes! 

Adelaide Fringe Guide to Cabaret Shows

Whilst we haven’t touched the surface of the Cabaret shows available at Adelaide Fringe 2022, the one we’ve seen (so far) has been incredible! Keep an eye on this page as we will be updating it throughout the week with updated Adelaide Fringe shows that we are seeing day-to-day.

The Kaye Hole hosted by Reuben Kaye

Cabaret / Circus

Dates: 4 March – 19 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $42

As an Adelaide Fringe 2022 Ambassador, Reuben Kaye’s show did not disappoint! A cabaret/variety show of impeccable talent, you’ll be in for a treat if you choose this show on Friday/Saturday night.

Reuben Kaye addresses a series of political issues with such flair that the message is clear but yet you’re still left laughing! It will surely leave your un-woke uncle speechless. Additionally, the talent changes weekly so you can just keep coming back for more!

It’s on at 11 pm, so if that’s a bit past your bedtime, Reuben Kaye has another show earlier in the evening called ‘The Butch is Back’.

Reuben told us himself that his earlier show includes a full brass band, however, he also added that in the later show you get to see his bum! Just in case that makes the decision any easier for you.

Reuben Kaye is an award-winning performer at Adelaide Fringe and across the world. We absolutely loved him when we saw just a snippet of his performance in London and we can honestly say this is one of the best entertainment shows we have ever seen.

  • Humour – 10/10
  • Entertaining – 10/10
  • Performance – 10/10

Briefs: Club Culture Cabaret

Cabaret / Compilation

Dates: 2 March – 5 March
Venue: Arts Theatre
Price: $30

We LOVE seeing positive Black and Queer representation in the arts industry. As a result, we were so happy to see Briefs: Club Culture Cabaret provide the perfect space for these incredibly talented individuals to share their magic with all of us.

We were left in awe by Milo Hartill performing Strange Fruit, laughing along with Victoria Falconer singing Disney songs with the help of a Bunnings saw (?!) and Sarah cried hearing Rob Edwards sing about searching for his culture and ancestry here in Adelaide.

Brief: Club Culture Cabaret is the platform we’ve all been eager to see and the talent we witnessed on their opening night was astounding. They have a few more shows this week so be sure to join them to enjoy some wholesome, hilarious, queer and raw talent! We promise you’ll come away with a smile on your face… and maybe a tear down your cheek.

  • Humour – 8/10
  • Entertaining – 9/10
  • Performance – 9/10

Coming Soon!

Adelaide Fringe Cabaret Reviews

Same Penis Forever

Cabaret / Comedy

Dates: 2 March – 6 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $25

Not your Average Asian Girl

Cabaret  / Comedy

Dates: 5 March – 19 March
Venue: Nexus Arts at West Village
Price: $24

 

Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022 - Reuben Kaye

Best Adelaide Fringe Circus Shows

The Détectives in Cirque Noir

Circus / Clown

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $40

A slapstick circus show featuring a trio of performers who are detectives working to solve a murder mystery.

There is a range of entertaining stunts and some funny comedic moments to keep the story going.

There’s also a sprinkle of adult and nudity themes throughout, including a moment where one detective is performing with a huge cannabis joint. Something to consider if you have small children in tow. We had two kids sitting in front of us who looked pretty embarrassed at times!

In all honesty, slapstick comedy isn’t completely to our taste and our reviews reflect this. However, a huge congratulations to the show for receiving the BankSA Best Circus Award in the Adelaide Fringe weekly awards

  • Humour – 6/10
  • Entertaining – 7/10
  • Overall Performance – 7/10

 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Burlesque/Circus

Dates: 4 March – 19 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $20.90 – $28.90

One of the most unusual shows at Adelaide Fringe 2022, the Bubble Show for Adults Only is really quite the spectacle!

Filled with some impressive stunts, including the use of smoke screens and even bubbles skirts and square bubbles too! It will certainly keep you entertained throughout.

Sarah is obsessed with bubbles and honestly, it’ll make the child in you sooo happy if you choose to see this shows at Adelaide Fringe 2022.

There are plenty of humorous moments and the two performers have a great rapport on stage. We were so impressed with the things you can do with bubbles. Now, Sarah’s on a mission to be able to hold and create bubbles straight from her hands too!

Humour – 8/10
Entertaining – 9/10
Performance – 9/10

Coming Soon!

Adelaide Fringe Circus Reviews

Defiant

Circus / Acrobatics

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $35 – $39

Sweetie

Circus /Comedy

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $32

Other Great Adelaide Fringe Circus Shows

Blanc de Blanc ENCORE

Circus / Cabaret

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $85 – $95

360 Allstars

Circus / Family

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $35

Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022

Best Adelaide Fringe Comedy Shows

 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Physical Theatre / Comedy

Dates: 3 March – 13 March
Venue: Botanical Room at The Terrace Hotel
Price: $90 – $113

This was one of our favourite shows at Adelaide Fringe 2022!

Whilst you could argue it’s not a show and more an experience. The acting was brilliant and very akin to the TV programme.

The Faulty Towers dining experience is a must-see for any fans of the series and is tastefully executed (pardon the pun!) to really make you feel like you are in the Faulty Towers restaurant, without feeling tacky or cheesy.

We didn’t stop laughing throughout. Did I mention already that the acting was impeccable? It was, and the food was good too.

A small warning for those who are vegan or vegetarian (like us!) you might get a little picked on, but it’s all part of the fun!

  • Humour – 10/10
  • Entertaining – 10/10
  • Performance – 10/10

 

Boats & Bogans

Comedy/Stand-up

Dates: 2 March – 6 March
Venue: Gluttony at Rymill Park
Price: $20

A collection of comedians from far seas and local bogans too.

The calibre of comedians on this lineup varies greatly, however, for the majority both the Boats & Bogan comedians are really good!

We particularly loved Paul the Black, Lukey Baker and a special guest comedian Amna. Although Amna isn’t on the main lineup, she deserves a mention too.

This is also the perfect after-work show to start your Fringe evening off right with an early 6:15 pm start.

  • Humour – 8/10
  • Entertaining – 8/10
  • Performance – 8/10

Coming soon!

Reviews For Adelaide Fringe Comedy Shows

Late & Loose

Comedy

Dates: 4 March – 19 March
Venue: Producers Hotel / The Nairobi Affair Lounge
Price: $24

Joe White: Ethiopian & still not hungry

Comedy / Stand-Up

Dates: 5 March – 19 March
Venue: The Howling Owl
Price: $30

Plastica Fantastica

Comedy

Dates: 2 March – 13 March
Venue: The Austral Hotel
Price: $26

The Boomerang Show

Comedy / Stand-Up
Dates: 2 March – 6 March
Venue: Laugh Lounge / Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Price: $12.50 – $25

 

Other Great Adelaide Fringe Comedy Shows

Emo Majok is Black Santa

Comedy / Stand Up

Dates: 2 March – 19 March
Venue: The Howling Owl
Price: $25

Aboriginal Comedy Allstars

Comedy / Stand-up

Dates: 4 March – 6 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park / Murray Bridge Performing Arts & Function Centre
Price: $42 – $44

 

Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022

Best Adelaide Fringe Magic Shows 2022

Adults Only Magic Show

Magic / Comedy

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $29-$35

A dynamic pair of friends who have been making magic together for over a decade!

Sam & Justin showcase a wide variety of fun magic tricks using cards, mind games and Houdini style escape tricks too!

Honestly, we are still questioning how they did most of it. They have won a number of international awards for their performances and had a sell-out show at Adelaide Fringe last year.

The Adults Only Magic Show is definitely one of the best magic shows we’ve seen. If you are looking for a family-friendly magic show, the pair also star in ‘The Circus’ and the ‘Greatest Magic Show’. Both of which, we guarantee will be 100% better than the Moscow State Circus we had growing up!

  • Humour – 8/10
  • Entertaining – 9/10
  • Performance – 8/10

 

Dom Chambers: A Boy and His Deck

Magic / Comedy

Dates: 3 March – 20 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $35 – $37

We came away from this show absolutely buzzing; Don Chambers executed the show perfectly. It was so professional, yet unconventional at the same time.

It was great to see that a whole magic show can rely entirely on a deck of cards and still be THAT entertaining. The show takes you on a journey through the early years of Dom’s interest in magic, sharing funny stories and interesting bedroom related props to share his passion.

We loved that he got the audience involved, not only to pick numbers or assist in some way but to actually perform the magic trick he’d just done himself!

It was absolutely incredible and a must-see on our Adelaide Fringe 2022 Guide.

  • Humour – 9/10
  • Entertaining – 9/10
  • Performance – 10/10

Coming Soon!
Reviews for Adelaide Fringe 2022 Magic Shows

Maho Magic Bar

Magic / Immersive

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $59 – $74

Other Great Adelaide Fringe Magic Shows – Not Reviewed

The Purple Rabbit

Magic / Comedy

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $55 – $65

Adelaide Fringe Guide 2022

Coming soon!

Best Adelaide Fringe Immersive Shows

Séance

Physical Theatre / Immersive

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Garden of Unearthly Delights – Rundle Park
Price: $20

Electric Dreams: VR Swings “Volo: Dreams of Flight”

Interactive / Immersive

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: South Australian Museum
Price: $10

Other Great Adelaide Fringe Immersive Shows

 

Sky Song

Immersive

Dates: 11 March – 20 March
Venue: Leconfield and Richard Hamilton Wines – McLaren Vale
Price: $35

We are devastated we can’t make this Australian premiere of a drone show!

Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties, they had to change venues last minute to McLaren Vale.

If you are lucky enough to be around near the end of Adelaide Fringe, make sure you make it to this.

 

Best Adelaide Fringe Dance Shows

Reviews Coming soon!

The Cherry Poppers

Dance

Dates: 4 March – 11 March
Venue: The Lab @ West Village & SODA Objects
Price: $25 – $27

Other Great Adelaide Fringe Dance Shows

Matador

Dance / Physical Theatre

Dates: 2 March – 20 March
Venue: Gluttony – Rymill Park
Price: $65 – $79

We hope you found our reviews of the Adelaide Fringe shows we’ve seen helpful!

If you loved it, leave us a comment below to let us know what you went to see and help us out if there’s any you want to mention that we’ve missed.

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