I was lucky enough to spend my last day of the Adelaide Fringe Festival at headspace’s Stand Up for Youth Mental Health, and I am so glad I did. Setup in the eclectic Fortuna Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, the space was packed with everyone young and old, providing a great atmosphere as soon as you entered the room. Our emcee for the afternoon, magician and Survivor start Matt Tarrant, opened the show
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“I’m not ambitious, just terrified of failure”. An honest, all too relatable, and somewhat hilarious confession from the very funny Lucy Gransbury in her hit Fringe show, I’m Fine! With everything from guided medication, to breathing exercises, to the writing of a crowd-sourced erotic fiction, I’m Fine is a refreshing, honest, and hilarious production about living with anxiety. The intimate Balcony Room at The Griffins Hotel was the perfect setting which, along with our leading
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Laughter is the best medicine so I took myself out for a double dosage. In the last days of the Fringe I saw Arielle Conversi and her show Problem Child followed by Ivan Aristeguieta’s Matador in the one night. What was great about seeing these two shows back to back was the contrast they created. Both shows explored growing up in their own parts of the world. For Ivan it was in Venezuela for Arielle
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41 Seconds is a play about the aftermath of suicide bought to the stage by Talk Out Loud. Their aim is the prevention of suicide for young people under 30 by using a number of positive development tools. The name 41 seconds is derived from each moment in time people are left behind after a suicide – in other words every 40 seconds someone commits suicide, however every 41 seconds people are left behind to
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Stephanie Laing is a long way from home. Hailing from Manchester, England, Laing has performed in many of the U.K.’s iconic comedy venues where she has thrilled audiences and critics alike with her ‘mixture of charm, wit, honesty and downright filth’ (David Kelly, edfringe.com). Making her Australian debut in 2018, I can’t help wondering how audiences on this side of the planet will react to Laing’s explicit style. (Note that this show is strictly adults
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