In its second year under directors Jason Di Iulio and Roberto Cardone, Royal Croquet Club – now re-christened RCC Fringe – will move from Pinky Flat to Adelaide University in 2019.
The stacked 31-day program, curated by artistic director David Sefton and creative director Stuart Duckworth, features international arts and music acts.
Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot leads the line-up. For the first time ever, and in an Australian exclusive, three members will reunite on stage for a one-night-only live performance. They will also tell their own provocative story in Riot Days – a searing piece of “gig theatre” that combines music, documentary footage and political commentary. “Adelaide has a piece of history coming – we will see you in February,” Pussy Riot member Masha Alyokhina said in a statement.
Alyokhina made international headlines in 2012 when she was arrested for performing inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This year, four members of the group were jailed after invading the pitch at the World Cup final in Moscow.
Joining the RCC Fringe bill are Canadian circus ravers Cirque Alfonse, anti-consumerist gospel shouters Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and a widely regarded icon of New York’s underground scene, Penny Arcade.
David Sefton, who shook things up as former Adelaide Festival artistic director, has brought that same fervour to RCC Fringe. “In changing times, it’s time for a change,” he said in a statement. “We’re proud to bring together something different in a whole new space for the festival season.”
In its new home on campus, RCC Fringe will activate areas such as Bonython Hall, the Maths and Barr Smith lawns, Union House and the Cloisters. “Given the iconic buildings and grounds, we will be creating immersive spaces and areas similar to that created at the Edinburgh Fringe,” director Di Iulio told Broadsheet in August.
Dusk Till Dawn will be an immersive late-night playground of music, art and light. Riton & Kah-Lo, Aloe Blacc, Motez and Remi are four of 120 artists and musicians that will take to the stage over five weekends. There’ll also be performances by Baltimore pop duo Beach House and cult British trio The Tiger Lillies.
Expect the return of RCC’s boombox main stage, plus the Neon Forest and Disco Bus.
RCC Fringe 2019 runs from February 15 to March 17 at Adelaide University. For the full program or to book tickets visit rccfringe.com.au.