Murray Bridge Fringe is back for 2021

The Adelaide Fringe returns to the rural city with 13 shows across four venues on one madcap weekend.

This sponsored post is brought to you by the Rural City of Murray Bridge.

The Murray Bridge Fringe is back and again will be held for three days and nights from Friday, February 26 until Sunday, February 28.

Thirteen different performances will be presented across four venues and will include visual arts, music, street theatre, comedy, family, circus and cabaret.

Choose from a variety of shows at the Murray Bridge Town Hall, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, Murray Bridge Library and Sixth Street, Murray Bridge.

Download the program here or scroll down to find a show to suit your tastes.

Helpless: the songs of Neil Young

8pm Friday, February 26 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Helpless will be returning to the Adelaide Fringe Festival with their much-loved tribute to the songs of Neil Young. The band pays homage to some of Neil Young’s most celebrated songs. Expect arrangements that hold true to the original works: four part harmonies, banjos, wailing guitars, harmonicas - no mimicry, just genuine passion for timeless music. Here’s what some of their fans think: “Great night. Closest thing to hearing Neil live. Great big guitar sounds and the whole band rocking out as well as harmonies and even the banjo! Highly recommended. Well done Helpless.”

Amazing Drumming Monkeys

4.30pm Friday, February 26 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and internationally for the past 17 years. Although the show is for little kids, it has something for everyone: cute and funny monkeys for kids, hilarious comedy for adults, funky live drumming for all ages, and a message for the world. Kids and parents will be laughing, dancing and drumming together! It’s a fantastic show. ★★★★1/2 “Top banana!” -Adelaide Advertiser. “The next Wiggles” -NT News.

Disney Delights

11am Saturday, February 27 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Be taken on a magical, musical journey through the biggest and best Disney songs, from Mary Poppins to Frozen! Relive all your favourite enchanting songs performed by Benjamin Maio Mackay (Great Detectives) and Laura Desmond (Socially [Un]acceptable) in this family friendly affair. Returning to the Fringe after a sell-out 2020 season.

First Nations Voices

1.30pm Saturday, February 27 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Join Glenn Skuthorpe, Russell Smith and special guests, Australia’s sought-after First Nation musicians, for a musical experience that transcends time and showcases a chronicle of life and culture. It’s a fire circle, fueling the mosaic of our sacred land and bringing it home, blending bold and powerful stories that will ring on for generations to come. Artists come together for an unforgettable act, an infusion of nomadic soul, wide open plains, colourful urban street blues and traditional rock. Experience First Nation artists speaking and performing a concert-in-the-round, where you can identify with cultural stories shared through their generations both past and present. Accompanied by their highly regarded backing band creating a conversation, a concert and a lasting experience.

Safe Space

10am-9pm Saturday, February 27 at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, plus 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-4pm Sunday until March 14

Safe Space is a major touring exhibition of contemporary sculpture, showcasing the works of 12 acclaimed Australian artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, David Cross, Franz Ehmann, Karla Dickens, Keg de Souza, Michelle Nikou, Rosie Miller, Tim Sterling and Will French. Featuring a diversity of sculptural materials, techniques and scales, Safe Space explores different notions of space – abstract or real, physical, psychological, political and social – to spark the viewer’s curiosity. Many of the works take as their point of departure the human body: its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.

  • Free

Kevin Kropenyeri Goes Talkabout

3.30pm Saturday, February 27 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Kev is a proud Ngarrindjeri man. He has experienced challenges, failures and successes. In this heart-warmingly humble and hilarious hour, one of Australia's premier comedians opens up about his colourful and checkered past, brings his own truth, and his comedy A-game! With his high energy, sharp, charming, silly and measured onstage antics, Kev mixes keen observational stand-up with joyfully ridiculous physical comedy. One of Australia's premier comedians, “It is impossible not to chuckle and feel embraced by his mischievous, joyous storytelling” -Ed Fest Mag. “‘You’re in for a deadly show’ Kropinyeri promises. And you know what, he’s not wrong...” -Broadway World.

Fringe on Sixth Street Theatre

5.30-9pm Saturday, February 27 on Sixth Street, Murray Bridge

A showcase of street theatre with hand picked performers from the Adelaide Fringe with a mix of Murray Bridge local talent. Sixth Street will be bustling! Please note that due to COVID-19 this venue only has a capacity of 1000 people. So please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

  • Free

Werewolves (in the Attic)

6.30pm and 8.30pm Saturday, February 27 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Night falls and the innocent villagers are murdered in their sleep. By day, the villagers try to pick off the werewolves. A game of accusation, bluffing and assassination. “This is brilliant!” ★★★★★ “Superb storytelling” -The Curtain Up Show. ★★★★★ “Brilliant interactive show!” -VoiceMag. ★★★★ “A cult hit” -What’s On in Adelaide. ★★★★ -Broadway World.

Get Back: a night of the Beatles

8.30pm Saturday, February 27 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

The best-selling show from Murray Bridge Fringe 2020 gets back! Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner. Don't be like Jojo - grab some friends and come see the finest local musicians cover history’s greatest band. In other words, get back to where you once belonged. Get back, Loretta. The Cabaret Collective is a collection of some of the Murraylands’ finest musical talents who get together from time to time to make beautiful music for you.

Sunday Sessions featuring Chasing Lights

2pm Sunday, February 28 at Murray Bridge Library

Murray Bridge locals Chasing Lights, who have recently released their debut album My Tired Confessions, will be performing live at the beautiful Murray Bridge Library. A Sunday session perfect for a chilled afternoon of acoustic music.

  • Free

Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show

10am Sunday, February 28 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

After a sold out season at Edinburgh Fringe, this silly circus adventure is back with non-stop giggles for kids aged 3-7! With unicycling, hula hooping, plate spinning and plenty of (safe) help from the audience, kids will be somersaulting out the door with excitement, ready to set off on their very own circus adventure! ★★★★1/2 “This is the best show” -The Advertiser. Walking the tightrope between education and entertainment, Big Tops is a silly circus show with a healthy eating message. Loved by preschools and primary schools right around Australia, this show combines amazing circus stunts with early years learning.

The Great British Pub Singalong

3.30pm Sunday, February 28 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

Travelers to the British Isles always reminisce about the brilliant pub atmosphere, where a sing song can strike up at any moment. A guitar or a fiddle will appear, and before you know it, the whole pub is joining in. This is the type of atmosphere that will be generated and you can choose to be either in Team Ireland, Scotland, England or Wales! If you've ever seen a Chas and Dave concert, or watched the World Champion Darts final, you'll notice that the fans all participate with singing and good natured banter. Similarly, there will be fun dart games throughout this show (with some prizes and gentle rivalry thrown in) and then the audience will decide which country won the best song of the night. Booing will not be allowed. Only laughing and frivolity from the best entertainers in Oz!

Frolic and Follies

6pm Sunday, February 28 at The Hall (Murray Bridge Town Hall)

A contemporary twist on the phenomenon of the Ziegfeld Follies, serving up spectacular acts of dance, cabaret, comedy and more. A visual feast of colour and parades of girls bringing together a celebration of the female body, dripping in sequins and feathers with some serious sass to match. A night of huge hits and high kicks not to be missed!