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Auslan Interpreted Shows at Adelaide Fringe & Adelaide Festival 2024

Auslan Interpretation at Adelaide Fringe

At this year’s Adelaide Fringe, you can discover comedic performances by disabled creators, a comedic adult take on Disney classics, family-friendly shows to bring the kids too, and much, much more with over eighty Auslan interpreted performances to choose from.

Check out some Auslan interpreted shows we’ve highlighted at the 2024 Adelaide Fringe Festival below:

Singin’ in the Pain

The beloved Fringe favourite ‘disability cabaret’ is back again! Join the freshly crowned Mx Burlesque Adelaide Diana Divine for four nights of cabaret, community, and catharsis. Talking disability theory, personal anecdotes, and pet peeves, Singin in the Pain presents a bevy of burlesque & cabaret stars ready to share in this soapbox-style performance.

Book tickets to Singin in the Pain here.

Adelaide Fringe: Singin in the Pain

Chronically Ill-Prepared

Step into the world of being Chronically Ill-Prepared. A talented troupe of emerging SA performers bring their lived experience of disability and chronic illness to the stage in an improvised theatre/comedy production. As an improvised show, the content is unscripted and the performances are created on the spot, using suggestions from the audience.

Book tickets to Chronically-Ill Prepared here.

Party Pooper

Party Pooper is a circus-y reinvention of a classic birthday party; featuring three enthusiastic acrobats, partying like it’s past their bedtime! This fully scripted show features familiar classics: Pin the Tail on the Donkey as well as Hula Hoops, Pass the Parcel as well as Pass Juggling and Musical Statues as well as Handstands.

Book tickets to Party Pooper here.

If fabrics could speak…

If fabrics could speak what stories would they tell? In this inclusive, audio-described exhibition of paintings, photographs and digital stories, explore the memories bound within the weft and warp of the fabrics we treasure.

Book tickets to If fabrics could speak… here.

Adelaide Fringe: If fabrics could speak…

Fringe for Kids

Fringe For Kids is the newest family friendly variety show, bringing the best acts for kids, performed by the most talented artists in town. Each show is different with a fresh new line up every day! Promising fits of giggles and awe-inspiring stunts, reach into the lucky dip that is The Fringe for Kids and be delighted by what you’ll find.

Book tickets to Fringe for Kids here.

Everyone Needs a Liam

There are two free shows to attend by Everyone Needs a LiamLiam Adams talks on his novels in his Librarian Saga and his Autism at Ayers House and Liam Adams talks on his epic novel Shifting Dimensions and his Autism at the Adelaide Planetarium. In these shows, Liam – a self-described geeky and nerdy science fiction and fantasy writer (with a lot of comedy) and cartoonist – talks to you about himself as a writer with Autism and Intellectual Disability, as well as his epic creations.

Book tickets to Liam Adams talks on his novels in his Librarian Saga and his Autism here.

Book tickets to Liam Adams talks on his epic novel Shifting Dimensions and his Autism here.

Jacob Henegan: Room With A View

After 2 years honing his craft in London and Edinburgh, Jacob Henegan returns to Australia with his finest hour of his distinctive, whimsical stand-up, featuring stories about scrapes, misunderstandings and one very weird house viewing.

Book tickets to Jacob Henegan: Room With A View here.

An Evening with JK

In this rare and exclusive literary event, join world-renowned children’s author JK (as played by transgender comedian Anna Piper Scott) for an exclusive, hard hitting one-on-one interview. Some consider her to be the saviour of modern feminism. Others consider her to be the face of a hate movement.

Book tickets to An Evening with JK here.

Deaf Bridges

Ben bridges the gap between the Deaf and the hearing worlds through stories about his life growing up as a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) and now being a sign language interpreter. His life is very similar to the movie CODA except he was never an American teenage girl with dreams of singing. Ben was a 2002 RAW comedy national finalist and back then did jokes about having a Deaf mum and knowing sign language, he now makes jokes about having a Deaf mum and being a sign language interpreter.

Book tickets to Deaf Bridges here.

Adelaide Fringe: Deaf Bridges

Josh Thomas – Let’s Tidy Up

This is a show where Josh tidies up. Tidying up is not normally the stuff of gripping drama, it wouldn’t be a propulsive narrative for most people but for Josh it’s Everest, a fundamentally impossible task, like trying to defy the moon and control the tides.

Book tickets to Josh Thomas – Let’s Tidy Up here.

Great news – Companion Cards tickets are available for all events in the 2024 Adelaide Fringe season! There is an initial verification process to access these Companion Card tickets, which you can complete here. Please note that you will need to have a free MyFringe account for verification. If you don’t have a MyFringe account, you can create one here.

Auslan Interpretation at Adelaide Festival

Check out what’s Auslan interpreted at Adelaide Festival below:

Private View

Private View invites audiences into a world of secret desires and dreams, exploring taboo subjects of love and sex through diverse personal experiences. A voyeuristic new work from Restless Dance Theatre, Private View was created by award-winning director and choreographer Michelle Ryan and the Restless dancers with composer and singer Carla Lippis.

Book tickets to Private View here.


Mark has always wanted to be a writer. His mum’s a writer too, and together they’d spend hours reading and writing in their garden. When Mark moves out of his childhood home and into his first share flat, he and his mum stay connected by exchanging letters. When Mark one day receives a letter with the news too painful to bear, he seeks solace in the sea – the source of his fondest yet most agonising memories.

Book tickets to Blue here.

Happy festival season!


Audio Described and Deaf-led Auslan Illuminate Tours: City Lights – Tickets

Access2Arts and Illuminate present two tours of their City Lights (North Precinct) program: an audio-described tour, and a Deaf-led Auslan tour. Both will depart from the National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, on Wednesday 19th July 2023.


Audio Described events in 2022

Here are the fantastic artistic creations that we have been lucky enough to provide Audio Descriptions for this year – stay tuned for more additions to this list!

Adelaide Fringe:

This Tree Is A Story (about everything, including you, as told by me) – Saturday, February 26th at 6pm. Find more information here.

BOOP – Thursday, March 10th (School Show) and Friday, March 11th for General Admission. Find more information here.

Adelaide Festival:

Juliet & Romeo – Sunday, March 6th at 1pm. Find more information here.

The Picture of Dorian Grey (pictured above) – Thursday, March 17th at 8pm. Find more information here.

State Theatre Company:

Girls and Boys – Saturday, March 5th and Monday, March 7th. Find more information here.

Girl From the North Country – Saturday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 5th. Find more information here.

Cathedral – Monday, May 16th and Saturday, May 21st. Find more information here.

Antigone – Saturday, June 4th and Monday, June 6th. Find more information here.

Chalkface Saturday, August 13th and Monday, August 15th. Find more information here.

Sunshine Super Girl – Saturday, September 10th and Monday, September 12th. Find more information here.

Normal Heart – Saturday, October 8th and Monday, October 10th. Find more information here.

Single Asian Female – November 12th and November 15th. Find more information here.

Windmill Theatre Company:

Rella – Saturday, June 4th at 2pm. Find more information here.

Grug and the Rainbow – Saturday, October 8th at 2pm. Find more information here.


Invisibility – available to visit weekly, Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Find more information here.


The Apparent Divide – the exhibition opens Wednesday, March 9th and the Audio Description will be available for visitors to access via the website on their mobile phones. On Saturday, April 2nd is the Audio Described tour. Find more information here.


After Auslan Interpretation?

For Auslan Interpreted events this festival season, you can check out DeafCanDo’s list here.