College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences academics, students and alumni are active during the Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe seasons, underlining the strength of their connections across diverse creative practices, genres and industries.
Todd Pursche, who works in the Screen and Media Department, is part of the team presenting Return to the Village, a wonderful immersive and interactive Adelaide Fringe theatre experience for children and their families. Everyone at this show – being conducted in the Kookaburra Café in the Hendon Studios at Hendon – can share and enjoy building a cubby house fort as this life-sized, role-playing game unfolds where children create and experience their own village. Flinders staff, students and alumni are being provided with 20% ticket discounts for Return to the Village. Tickets are available from FringeTix and enter the code ‘Flinders’ at the checkout to obtain the discount.
Lecturer Dr Matt Hawkins is directing The Deep North, an ambitious performance announcing itself as the first African-Australian Musical, being a combination of hip hop, afro-beat, R’n’B, installation art, animation, theatre and multimedia. With Flinders students and alumni also involved in this celebration of the African Australian diaspora in South Australia, The Deep North is being presented in a new Adelaide venue – The Lab at Light, 63 Light Square – on March 11-13, and 17-20 at 7.30pm, and Sundays March 14 and 21 at 5.30pm. As a special offer, Flinders staff, students and alumni are being provided with 20% ticket discounts. Tickets are available from FringeTix and enter the code ‘Flinders’ at the checkout to obtain the discount.
Professor Garry Stewart – director of Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts at Flinders – conceived and choreographed the new work by Australian Dance Theatre that is being presented as part of the Adelaide Festival at Her Majesty’s Theatre between 12-14 March. Tickets and event details can be found on the Adelaide Festival website.
HASS academics feature prominently during Adelaide Writers Week, the great free literary festival held as part of the Adelaide Festival in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens from Saturday 27 February to Thursday 4 March. On Saturday 27 February at 6.15pm, Writers Week presents (Re)launch Live and Local on the West Stage – a big showcase of South Australian writing talent with eight local authors relaunching their 2020 books including Flinders authors Associate Professor Danielle Clode and Dr Patrick Allington. Associate Professor Clode will also present at the session Lost Women of History at 5pm on Thursday March 4, with Judith Hoare and chaired by Collette Snowden
Dr Natalie Harkin is part of the First Nations writer showcase First Words (Sunday 28 February, 1pm, Plane Tree Stage) and Associate Professor Simone Ulalka Tur will be chairing the session Leading Lady: Lowitja’s Legacy, focused on Stuart Rintoul’s biography of Lowitja O’Donoghue (Thursday 4 March, 3.45pm, East Stage).
Creative writing lecturer Dr Sean Williams is presenting a Writers Week session called New Realities (with James Bradley and Jess Scully) to focus on his book Twinmaker, at noon on Sunday 28 February, in the Torrens Tent. Dr Williams is also hosting a Writers SA workshop titled First Draft on 17 February at 7pm. Bookings to this Zoom-delivered web workshop can be made online.