The Adelaide Fringe is now in full swing and this year will showcase Gluttony’s biggest entertainment program yet.
Last Thursday we were welcomed to attend Gluttony’s Launch Night Spectacular. We were first welcomed with drinks and then headed our way to The Magic Mirrors Speigeltent for a wonderful gala, showcasing a preview of many wonderful shows performing at Gluttony this year.
Gluttony has been improving its entertainment year by year and the pace definitely hasn’t slowed down, with an electric array of 19 venues across Rymil Park and Masonic Lodge sites and over 160 fabulous acts from local and overseas talent.
The Directors of Gluttony, Daniel Michael and Elena Kirschbaum welcomed us to the Adelaide Fringe and thanked guests for joining to celebrate the new 2020 program.
“We started Gluttony ten years ago from little things. … We are really excited as to what we are bringing [this year] and really excited to share it with you all,” Elena Kirschbaum said.
“This is the biggest and best program that we have ever produced.”
Elena also showcased that Gluttony is a proud supporter for local South Australian people and businesses, with not only their acts but with the local food and drink on offer.
“Not only have we got some incredible shows in store, we are also stoked to bring you guys some amazing local wines and local gins, and we are really proud of our South Australian heritage,” she said.
David Michael also expressed that the new ‘local bar’ set up in Rymil Park, would only sell locally produced alcohol.
“And this year we have decided to only pick alcohol from Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills … so make sure to get behind them and show your support.”
Ben and Liam from Nova 91.9’s breakfast show hosted the gala, welcoming many wonderful acts that are set to light up Gluttony this year. They first introduced Idris Stanton the Wham Glam Circus Man as our secondary host for the evening who also introduced upcoming acts with his own zest and flair; bringing magic, comedy and circus, all set to a banging rock and roll soundtrack.
We were treated to musical performances from Rebel, a David Bowie circus glam rock cabaret, full of live singing, breathtaking acrobatics and aerials and Amity Dry who presented Highway Superstar, a celebration of songs from 80s bangers to 90s RnB, that we all love to belt out in the car. Both acts had us singing along and dancing in our seats.
SA’s Hugh Sheridan presented a preview of his show Unplugged, a stripped back solo show performing some original songs as well as some classic favorites; while Jukebox Chorus: The ultimate Australian playlist which was presented by Gospo Collective, sung an acapella rendition of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice, as they celebrated Australia’s music legends.
Many circus, cabaret and acrobatic shows were also previewed on the night including Circuit, from the creators of 360 Allstars, showcasing world-class acrobats, dancers and musicians; while Arts Project Australia presented their show Circolmbia, an uplifting spectacle of breathtaking stunts, electrifying music and street-style dance.
Rouge was also back for anther year creating a circus for grown ups with a bit of tongue-in-cheek antics and filled with astonishing acrobatics, while previous bachelor and astrophysicist Dr Matt Agnew discussed his new show: Guide to Life Beyond Earth which combines learning with fun and alcohol.
To top it all off, Marcia Hines also brought the return of the disco-filled cabaret spectacular Velvet Rewired, which ended the event with awe and laughter.
Each show preview was quite spectacular indeed, and left guests smiling and cheering with excitement.
Gluttony’s Launch Night Spectacular gave attendees a taste of everything that the venue has on offer. Full of beautiful stalls, bars, and delicious food vendors, paired with wonderful performances; Gluttony has something to offer all ages and tastes. So why wait to see a show when you can book online today, or access the fringe with the all-new Gluttony app.
Gluttony is open from 4:30pm Tuesday to Thursday, from 3pm Friday, and from 10:30am Saturday and Sunday; all until late – plus the public holiday on Monday 9 March.
As always, entry is free.
Words by Cyndal King
WHERE: 37 East Tce, Adelaide