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Adelaide Fringe '09Adelaide 2011 is CIT's second season and Guy Masterson's 7th consecutive Adelaide Fringe.

Designed as a hub for excellent theatre derived from overseas, CIT provides a place theatre loving Adelaidians can see the best of International Fringe Theatre in one place while providing an alternative focus from the the Garden of Unearthly Delights...

The 2010 season was a runaway success, celebrating universal critical acclaim and several award nominations. All the shows in the programme were in the top twenty highly rated shows on Talkfringe.com - the punters' forum.

2011 promises to be even better, with no fewer than 10 shows including 8 Australian Premieres! (See Below) or visit www.citadelaide.com


INTERVIEW WITH JOANNE HARTSTONE - COPRODUCER OF CIT - IN THE ADELAIDE REVIEW:

When the UK's Guy Masterson discovered Adelaide's Joanne Hartstone at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival, little did she know what it would lead to.
When Adelaide's Joanne Hartstone graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre she staged, as director and producer, (Phillip Dean's) Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls and Ripple Effects as part of the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Visiting UK actor, director and entrepreneur Guy Masterson, best known for his enthralling one-person interpretation of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, went to see her perform and immediately invited her to team up with him in the UK.
"I thought why not," Hartstone says. "The timing was right as I'd never been to the UK before, so I went over and worked as his publicist and learnt a lot about arts management.
"And there's a parallel story in that Guy, who I see as my mentor, also decided to remount David Mamet's Oleanna in the UK and needed a young actress to play the part of Carol. He knew I could act so offered me the role over Skype and we started reading the play to each other via that medium."
Oleanna then toured the UK to much acclaim before Masterson brought the show to the Adelaide Fringe in 2009 as part of his extensive theatre program.
"It was great to tread the boards in my hometown," Hartstone says, "I also co-produced that season of Oleanna and at the end of the run, Guy and I began talking about the possibilities of forming CIT (The Centre for International Theatre). We did that for last year's Fringe and were extremely successful. We were able to introduce a lot of people to what we were about which is to present really good theatre."

The Centre for International Theatre is now returning to Adelaide Fringe 2011 to mount 10 diverse pieces of theatre that will include the return of Masterson's raucous comedy American Poodle as well as some theatre workshops.
"We are also bringing back Oleanna for four shows so that Guy and I get to yell at each other on stage for a couple of hours," Hartstone, who now serves as CIT's producer, laughs. "And to take advantage of Ross Gurney-Randall being over here to present his new work, Mussolini, we thought we'd have him stage Goering's Defence again for two matinees because it was such a huge success in 2008. It's a damned good play."
Former Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paul Slack's Phoenix Rising is the story of British novelist D.H. Lawrence who penned Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1928.
"The play reflects on the time Lawrence was a student before becoming an author and when he met Jessie Chambers, his muse. It's an idyllic snapshot of his life and times and also his confusions and the rather interesting relationship he had with his mother."
Rebecca Vaughan, who presented Austen's Women at last year's Fringe, will now be performing in I, Elizabeth, and Richard Fry, here last year with Bully, will return to present Smiler, while Pip Utton's highly controversial Adolf will also be staged under the CIT banner.
"Adolf has been an international sensation so we are very, very lucky to have been able to get it to Adelaide. It's anti-racist which is important for people to know because when it begins, audiences are wondering what it is and they don't agree with it. But something happens and... Ah, I don't want to give it away but there's a thought-provoking twist and it's a journey of intrigue. It's a play that will create a real stir because it's already been banned in Queensland."
Masterson himself will perform in the Australian premiere of Gareth Armstrong's Shylock, a fascinating exploration of Shakespeare's character and Judaism.
"It's brilliant that we have Shylock and Adolf together in this program because they are both in the top five most successful solo theatre shows in the world. Shylock is a reflection on the character of Shylock from Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice and how the character has been portrayed over the last 400 years. It's about how he's been played as a bloodsucking Jew so, like Adolf, it's about society's treatment of the Jewish people and their community."
The Six-Sided Man is Luke Rhinehart's cult novel The Dice Man recreated on stage by two actors, Gavin Robertson and Nicholas Collett.
"Everyone seems to have read Rhinehart's book," Hartstone concludes before adding that she has only ever seen the play. "It's physical theatre with a twisted dialogue and a very minimal set. It's quite brilliant - a very modern piece of theatre - even Rhinehart has seen the play and praised it highly."
Robert Dunstan

Austen's Women

ADOLF (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

'Terrifying, searing, transfixing...'ADOLF' reaffirms the need and worth of political theatre'(The SCOTSMAN). ADOLF exploded onto the stage in 1998 and has since toured worldwide becoming one of the most successful solo shows ever created.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
ROYALTY THEATRE - ANGAS STREET
18th-27th FEBRUARY -19:15 (80 mins) -
9 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
SHYLOCK

SHYLOCK (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

GUY MASTERSON returns to Adelaide in 2011 with the Austrailian Premiere of his new one man show- SHYLOCK. The tragic, funny and often unbelievable life of fiction's most famous Jew, written and directed by Gareth Armstrong and performed by Guy Masterson.
Shylock... Villain? Victim? Or something even more intriguing?

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
ROYALTY THEATRE - ANGAS STREET
21st-27th FEBRUARY - 21:00 (80 mins) -
7 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
Goering's Defence

GOERING'S DEFENCE (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

This impeccably researched play from the director, Guy Masterson, of the internationally acclaimed hit ADOLF once again draws out the humanity of evil and the evil in humanity in a stunning portrayal of another twisted genius. Co-written and performed by Ross Gurney-Randall, incorporating verbatim transcripts from the Nuremburg Trials, GOERING'S DEFENCE gets as close as you'll ever want to be to one of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
ROYALTY THEATRE - ANGAS STREET
26th & 27th FEBRUARY - 15:00 (80 mins)
2 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
American Poodle

American Poodle (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

...or how we lost the Colonies. Guy Masterson (12 Angry Men, Under Milk Wood) takes on the UK-US 'Special Relationship' from opposite sides of the pond. A screwball hybrid of parallel yet twisted thinking. Caustic, black, sharp, clever, hyperarticulate and inspired! 'As refreshing as a cold shower!' ***** Edinburghguide.com

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
ROYALTY THEATRE - ANGAS STREET
26th & 27th FEBRUARY- 17:00 (65 mins)-
2 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
I, Elizabeth

I, Elizabeth (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

Rebecca Vaughan - star of last year's Austen's Women, returns with her brilliant new solo show. Using only Elizabeth's own letters, speeches and writings, solo performer. Rebecca Vaughan continues her successful collaboration with director Guy Masterson.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - MAIN THEATRE
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 14- 18:45 (75 mins)
Oleanna

Oleanna (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

David Mamet's brilliantly divisive, volcanic masterpiece with internationally acclaimed duo Guy Masterson (Under Milk Wood) & Adelaide-born actress Joanne Hartstone. This 2009 Adelaide Fringe smash hit returns with a striclty limited run of 4 shows only!

"There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna" (Harold Pinter)

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - MAIN THEATRE
MARCH 5TH, 6TH, 12TH & 13TH -
4 PERFORMANCES ONLY
6 Sided Man

The Six Sided Man (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

Darkly comic, quirky, seductive: inspired by Luke Rhinehart's cult novel 'The Dice Man'-a psychiatrist abandons every decision to the dice. Underplayed menace and delicate humour starring Gavin Robertson and Nicholas Collett.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - MAIN THEATRE
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 14- 21:45 (75 mins)
Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

Paul Slack stars in Campbell Kay's vividly fictionalised story behind D.H Lawrence's life. Devised from Lawrence's early writings and the reminiscences of his friends, family and contemporaries, this sensational piece of theatre is directed by Guy Masterson with original direction by Campbell Kay

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - MAIN THEATRE
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 14 - 18:45 (75 mins)
Mussolini

Mussolini - A One Man Political Farce (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

Ross Gurney-Randall is back- it's the 1920's Italy, is on the brink of bankruptcy and is divided by a disastrous war. Parliament stinks and no-one knows what to do. Sound familiar? Benito Mussolini had the answer- the devout socalist who invented Fascism. Violently funny, Gurney Randall, writes and performs, with direction by award winning director, Paul Hodson

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - ART BASE
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 14 - 19:30 (60 mins)
Smiler

Smiler (UK)Adelaide 2101 Reviews

Critically Acclaimed in Edinburgh 2008 & 9 and nominated for the Amnesty International Award, Richard Fry's powerful, moving, superbly lyrical 'tour-de-verse' is at once tear-jerking and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Multiple five-star recipient.

THE CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Higher Ground - ART BASE
FEBRUARY 18 - MARCH 14 - 21:00 (60 mins)