Adelaide Fringe at the Adelaide Botanic Garden

Date posted: 21 January 2016

A world-class mind-blowing month across the city, featuring cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design – is back for another year, and coming to Adelaide Botanic Garden!

From mid-February to mid-March the Garden will be stacked with performances and activities for those aged 0-100 and to suit all tastes. Check out the program below and start penciling in your diaries.

Children’s Fringe in the Garden

This year the Adelaide Botanic Garden has four shows in the Garden which are suitable for children!


11, 13, 14, 15 March
11am – 5pm, Duration 5mins
Barber Shop Rotunda

What’s here? Are you curious to discover the world of Otanical?

Step into an extraordinary fairy tale. In the heart of Summer-time blooms, Otanical invites the audience to enter a world of imagination, possibility and mystery - looking between what is there and what is not. Be immersed in a magical other world – the world of Otanical. In one of Australia's first 360-degree virtual reality productions, characters come to life through dance and theatre, and you – the audience. And so, the dream begins…

Created by a multi-award winning team and the characters of Otanical…

Suitable for all ages. Find us at The Barber Shop Rotunda.

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Something for the Adults

We’re excited to turn the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Garden into a set from World War 1.

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana, Agamemnon and Macbeth

13 February – 14 March (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays)
7pm Wed - Sat, plus 4pm matinee on Sunday
Noel Lothian Hall, enter via Goodman Gates, Hackney Road
Tickets $25 ($20 concession, $17 artist, $15 preview) 

The 2014 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award-winning triptych, The Bunker Trilogy, depicts three classic legends rediscovered in the heart of the Great War. The internationally-acclaimed, multi award-winning, sell-out sensation returns to Adelaide in the third centenary year of the First World War, after two sold-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, The Seoul Performing Arts Festival South Korea, and two acclaimed London runs.

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana

Inspired by the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. On the reserve lines of World War One, three young soldiers in search of distraction and delight find more than they’d bargained for in the beautiful, mysterious and mystical Morgana Le Fay.

The friends pass the time with stories of adventures and battles lost and won; with games of cards and songs of love. A dark and mysterious power haunts the trenches, taunting the brave knights with thoughts of home, of their school days, of the lives they’ve left behind – for King and country.

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The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

An intense reimagining of the Ancient Greek legend. Enter the trenches of the First World War, 1918, and journey into the delusions of a shell-shocked solider, devastated by war, cut off from help, convinced of a plot to bring him down.

Lying bloodied and wounded, the officer dreams of his return home, to his wife, to England. As the darkness descends and the enemy mounts its final attack, only one thought haunts Agamemnon: “What is there to live for?”

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The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

An immersive and intense re imagining of the Shakespearean legend thrusts you deep into the trenches of the First World War as the warrior, tormented by witches, hallucinations and apparitions, prepares for his final battle.

Trapped on the front lines, his murderous deeds behind him, the weird sisters propel the soldier through his deepest memories as the bloody truth of his actions falls full force on Shakespeare’s greatest killer.

Across no man’s land, the enemy is stirring; above the trenches mortars fall from the sky; in the dugout, Macbeth’s greatest threat comes from the men who stand beside him.

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Company: Jethro Compton Productions

Presented by Joanne Hartstone and Hector Macpherson Brown

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Twitter: @jethrocompton

Completed shows

Mr Badger tells the story of “The Wind in the Willows”

13-14 Feb, 27-28 Feb
10:30am and 12noon
Meet at the Friends’ Gate
$13, $48 for family.

A delightful and intimate storytelling performance of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic “The Wind in the Willows”. First published in 1908, the story celebrates the joys of the natural world and friendship. This lively re-telling entertains youngsters and satisfies devotees. 

Mr Badger tells the story of Toad, Ratty and Mole and their adventures on the Riverbank, the Open Road, the Wild Wood and Toad Hall. With the help of his small hand-made models of scenes and characters, he presents children with the chance to listen to a finely crafted story with wonderful descriptive language and enter an imaginary world.

Under a shady tree in the Garden’s beautiful surroundings, the unique performance makes an ideal family outing for children, parents and grandchildren alike. The performance lasts about 35 minutes and picnic style seating and rugs are provided.

Come and see what has delighted over 200 festivals, libraries and schools across Australia over the past six years.

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Magical Adventures in the Enchanted Garden - Rainbow Kids & Family Yoga

Saturday 13 February
10:30am – 12:30pm
Lawns near the Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Come along and experience Rainbow Kids & Family Yoga and go on a Magical Journey in the Enchanted Garden. Feel free to dress up with the magical theme and invite all your friends and family, for ages 0-100. Yoga is so much fun when you do it together so come and get lost in your imagination while creating awesome yoga poses, enjoying a massage, being creative with craft activities and enjoying song and dance. This is a free event for the whole family and every child receives a special gift. See you there!

Presented by Moveit Fitness and Wellbeing

Visit the Facebook event page.

Instagram: @magicalmomentsyoga

Cosmo the Clown A Bit of Fun & Magic

13-14, 20-21 February
Adelaide Botanic Garden

Roll up, roll up and let Cosmo entertain you with magic, comedy, music and dance. After many years of busking and hosting kids parties, Cosmo has perfected the art of pure, light-hearted entertainment. Be enchanted by his charismatic personality and join in the antics of a fun filled show. A Bit Of Fun & Magic is a perfect show for the whole family!

Presented by Joel Spence

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