The Cabaret Fringe Festival is gearing up for a new season

With over 30 risque and raunchy acts, next month’s festival proves that life really is a cabaret, old pal.

Paul Boylon watched the cabaret a lot.

As the former owner of the former La Boheme on Grote Street, he hosted more than 800 floor shows in the 14 years the small bar’s doors were open.

“Cabaret is more a style of performance than a particular genre of performance”, explains Paul CityMag.

“It’s in an intimate setting, there’s a connection with the audience and what that helps evoke in the performer and their performance is something a little different each time the show goes on.

“You can see the show three times, but it will be a little different each time. It’s the capital ‘C’ in cabaret.

That’s exactly what audiences can expect from next month’s Cabaret Fringe, says Paul.

Now in its 22nd year, the 10-day festival features a stellar lineup of big-name acts, headlined by comedian Fiona O’Loughlin. Expect snake dancers, burlesque acts and tribute shows.

The brainchild of the late Frank Ford, the event was conceived in 2001 as a ‘child terrible’ sibling to Frank’s other event, the grander Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Cabaret Fringe was seen as an experimental platform for performers, who could cut their teeth on stage to adore fans who were just eager to see something new and different.

The festival has come and gone over the years, until Paul, along with two other partners, relaunched it in 2008. They welcomed the big return to La Bohème and the event grew to include venues surroundings, with more acts and more spectators. year after year.

“Cabaret Fringe is a different kind of animal,” he says.

“The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is sort of about international artists and bigger Australian bands, so it’s not just focusing on local talent.

“We just knew there were a lot of people and there had to be space at the same time so they could have an audience and show off their wares.”

Paul owes the success of the event to Frank, who died in 2018. As well as founding the two festivals, he was also the first chair of the Adelaide Fringe.

“He was a strong supporter of artists from South Australia and a strong believer in the quality and talent that was here,” says Paul.

“He had been everywhere and he knew South Australian artists could stand up to anyone in the world.”

The Cabaret Fringe Festival runs June 3-13 at various venues.

Top 5 Must-See Shows

In Adelaide tonight with Fiona O’Loughlin and friends
Fiona O’Loughlin, a veteran of the Australian comedy circuit, returns to the stage with her latest work. The entertainer went public with his battle with alcoholism and his ADHD diagnosis later in life. Fiona’s hour-long show at Currie Street’s Arthur Art Bar promises comedy, music and special guest interviews.

snake dancer
Arguably Australia’s greatest snake dancer and snake charmer, Flavella L’Amour blends burlesque glamor and vintage belly dancing. For 90 minutes, Love takes on the appearance of an Egyptian goddess as she dances with her colorful serpents slithering over her body. The show, June 10 in the Rydges South Park dining room, is accompanied by a two-course dinner, and guests are invited to dress in their best masquerade.

burlesque blues
After a sold-out 2022 Adelaide Fringe season, the Burlesque Blues will take you back to the fiery days of the 60s – think Etta James and Billie Holiday, and all hail the ultimate, BB King.

On the heels of his award-winning show The Catchelorette, diva Carla Mattiazzo talks about the “beautiful bloody bleeds” in her 60-minute show at The Arch at Holden Street Theatres. Inspired by real events, Mattiazzo discusses the ins and outs of the periods to an eclectic musical soundtrack.

let’s dance
For two nights, a group of burlesque dancers take over the Nineteen Ten rooftop venue and take audiences back to the 1980s. Donning leggings, neon lights, lace and big hair, the show will celebrate all about the 1980s at through nostalgic hits from David Bowie and Whitney Houston.

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