Adelaide Fringe 2020: THE GODS, THE GODS, THE GODS

Where: Black Box Theatre at Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Garden

When: 10:30PM 23, 28 and 29 Feb, 6 – 8, 13 and 14 Mar

How much: $23 – $28

What an awesome surprise THE GODS, THE GODS, THE GODS is. If you have caught Orpheus or Eurydice in previous years, or this past week of the Adelaide Fringe, you’ll be familiar with the work of Alexander Wright, Phil Grainger, and Yoshi Colwell. In these performances, spoken word and music about love and Greek myth mingle with the surrounds of the botanic gardens. 

As winners of this week’s Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Weekly Award, this makes their shows winners for three years running with Orpheus and Eurydice winning in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

THE GODS has taken their previous work and elevated it, with an electro, jazz, spoken word fusion performance. From start to finish this show grips you and immerses you in the story. It brings so much to the table, you are so involved within the show the plot is almost secondary to the experience itself.

A lot of peoples instinct when they attend in a fringe show is to sit a respectful distance away from the performers, avoiding eye contact at all costs. In THE GODS, there is no safe zone, with the audience standing within the centre of the room, with the three performers standing at microphones in the corners of the room.

Alex, Phil and Yoshi rotate constantly, milling through the audience, swapping instruments, rapping, singing, and telling the story of boy meets girl, with a lot more in between.

The lighting design within the show is also incredible, with haze and strobe effects accompanying the electronica galore, making the performance more moody or frantic as this story requires.

THE GODS was complemented really well by live saxophone, adding a dreamlike element, as small pauses within this groovy rave of a performance.

I would definitely say this is a show you could watch multiple times this fringe season and find something new within it each time.

THE GODS, THE GODS, THE GODS is captivating and electrifying, and brings the house down.

5 out of 5 stars

Milly Farmer

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