Well, the 2018 Fringe season is well underway, with many shows premiering last night. But before all the frenzied madness, we were invited to the exclusive media launch and tour of the German Club on Flinders Street.
Proprietors Alan Rosewarne and Colin Koch have been running Fringe shows at the venue for the past three years and this year, have put together an impressive list of 240 performances – making the German Club the Fringe’s biggest indoors venue!
While other venues such as the Garden of Unearthly Delights aim to attract younger audiences, the German Club targets families and older generations, fitted out with air conditioning, minimal sound transfer between rooms, and an in-house bar and restaurant.
“Amongst the busier hubs, we’re one that really aims to provide a theatrical experience, not a pop-up, carny, swim-through experience. It’s not about the drinks and the socialising first and then great show at the end of it – whatever it was called. It’s much more about a program that brings people in for a theatrical experience,” Colin says.
It is evident that Alan and Colin have worked tirelessly to transform the place into suitable rooms for the fifty performers set to grace their stages – with one of the rooms actually being a pistol range!
There are a number of different performances to look forward to, from magic shows such as Breaking the Magicians’ Code with Kane & Abel and Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reuben, to comedy acts such as Claire Ford: Unboxed, Giantology: Michael Sidney and Kosher Bacon: Michael Shafar, to music and bands such as ABBA GOLD, Belly Of A Drunken Piano: Stewart D’Arrietta, and even Alan and Colin performing in their own show – Bald Eagles: Hell Over-Freezes.
The German Club will be hosting the wide range of shows until the end of the Fringe season. Check out the German Club’s full program booklet for the 2018 Fringe season here and make sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming reviews of some of the shows mentioned above!
Words by Geena Ho
WHERE: 223 Flinders St, Adelaide