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Fringe Hacks: Fringe beyond the fringes

Fringe Hacks: Fringe beyond the fringes

Despite its name, the Adelaide Fringe has increasingly set its sights beyond the borders of the CBD.

This year’s Adelaide Fringe program stretches as far as Mount Gambier and Kangaroo Island. As part of our Fringe Hacks series we’ve done all the tedious filter-by-location work to assemble this guide to the venues and events outside the usual East End and inner-city haunts.

Inner suburbs

Hall of Possibility, Parkside
96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside

This century old space was once the Parkside and Eastwood Institute Building, but has since been dramatically renamed the ‘Hall of Possibility’ by its current occupants, Slingsby Theatre. The Adelaide company has also opened its doors to a variety of other creative and community groups, and during Fringe will welcome a double bill of South Australia’s own Sisters of Invention and Melbourne’s The Hackkets.

Holden Street Theatres
34 Holden St, Hindmarsh

Now entering its 17th year as a Fringe hub, this Hindmarsh gem is hosting a handful of powerful, intimate productions, from Games by Henry Naylor to Build a Rocket and much more.

Slingsby Theatre’s Hall of Possibility (Photo: Sia Duff)

Odeon Theatre
57A Queen Street, Norwood

This well-known spot on The Parade in Norwood has hosted everything from Patch Theatre to State Theatre Company performances. Now home to Australian Dance Theatre, the building’s new focus on dance will see it host the debut performance Epilogue, a new work from choreographers Lewis Major and Astrid Boons, and Rich Mix, a selection of new pieces from local and international choreographers.

The Port

Port Fringe Street Party
Commercial Road North, Port Adelaide

In addition to a variety of Fringe venues around the area, the Port will also be throwing its own Mad March knees-up on Saturday, March 2, with a variety of pop up stages, markets and music.

175 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Since relocating Portside from its original Bowden gallery and workshop space, Fontanelle has flourished as an important piece of the Port’s burgeoning arts scene. A trip down commercial road during Fringe will bring you two art exhibitions, with Tutti Arts’ showcase Art and Mind from February 20 – March 13 and group exhibition Summer Paintin’ from March 2 – 17.


Fontanelle’s Brigid Noone and Ben Leslie (Photo: Jonathan VDK)

The Pear
49 Sussex Street, Alberton

Nicholas Philips’ roleplaying game Werewolves is making its way around the city during the festival, from the RCC Fringe to Stirling. On February 24 – 26 it will head to Alberton for a night of intrigue and betrayal. This writer once played a variation on the game over Christmas, and the family has never been the same. Chilling stuff.

Adelaide Hills

Stirling Fringe
Mount Barker Road, Stirling

Stirling’s own Fringe hub has lured a variety of artists up the freeway for limited runs, from Damian Callinan’s The Merger on Sunday, February 24, Cal Wilson on February 22-23 and Beccy Lucas March 2-3 to the stripped back solo show from Adelaide’s own Anya Anastasia on February 22-24.

Lobethal Woollen Mill
Adelaide – Lobethal Road, Lobethal

Recent months have seen Lobethal’s former Woollen Mill transformed into an Adelaide Hills arts hub. In its first Fringe season, the Mill will host Gardens of the heart from Friday, February 22.

Anya Anastasia will bring her solo show to Stirling

Anya Anastasia will bring her solo show to Stirling


Salisbury Secret Garden
Pitman Park, Salisbury

The northern suburbs’ answer to the Garden returns in 2019 with a musical lineup headlined by recent Eurovision: Australia Decides contestants Sheppard on Saturday, February 12. Other highlights include the North Eastern Writers’ poetry slam on Thursday, March 7.

Gallery 1855
2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Gallery 1855 plays host to this exhibition from a range of South Australian illustrators including Georgina Chadderton, Mandy Foot, Amanda Graham and curator Sally Heinrich. Exhibition concludes March 16.


Dupang Festival
Ngarrinderi Land, Long Point Road, Coorong

Dubbed ‘a corroboree with a difference’ this festival will see artists from South Australia and around the country come together for a weekend camping festival at the Coorong. As director Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner recently told The Adelaide Review, reconnecting with the Coorong is as important as ever.

Cirque Africa performers in Rundle Mall (Photo: Trentino Priori / Adelaide Fringe)

Kingscote Town Hall
43 Dauncey Street, Kangaroo Island

Retro vocal group The 60 Four are clocking up the road miles this Fringe, with performances in Port Augusta, Victor Harbor and Mount Gambier as well as some shows closer to home. I wouldn’t fancy being the dry cleaner tasked with laundering those matching gold blazers after all those shows, but who doesn’t love vocal harmonies?

Hopgood Theatre
Ramsay Place, Noarlunga

Camped in Hindmarsh Square for much of the Fringe, the best-selling Cirque Africa is umping stumps and heading to the southern suburbs for one night at the Hopgood Theatre.

Alternatively, use this map on the Adelaide Fringe website to find out what events are happening near you

Adelaide Fringe 
February 15 – March 17

Header image:
Stirling Fringe

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