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Adam Hadley moving to Brisbane for a bit News

By johnboy 13 April 2012 17
Last night I was listening to Brisbane community ration 4ZZZ's chat to slam poet Darkwing Dubs mostly to hear what they had to say about Canberra's Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit! poetry slam. So I was a bit surprised to learn from this unlikely source that Canberra's champion of the spoken word, Adam Hadley...

Rafe and Hadley bring cabaret to Tuggeranong News

By johnboy 26 May 2010
Between rollerderby (long ago sold out if you haven't already got a ticket) and this show there are distressing reasons for an Inner Northican to cross the water this coming weekend. For reasons passing understanding Rafe Morris and Adam Hadley are doing cabaret in Tuggeranong this weekend. From the media...

Images of Hadley – Asher Floyd’s Pecha Kucha presentation News

By johnboy 27 February 2009 4
From the Wednesday just gone's Pecha Kucha Asher Floyd has placed online his study of Adam Hadley. Cultural impressario, former bootleg host, 90210 expert, my former work experience student, and fascinating photographic subject. Well worth checking out.

Hadley bows out from the bootlegs News

By johnboy 10 December 2008 1
The Bootleg Sessions on Monday nights at the Phoenix have become a weird institution. Where else will you get people lining up to get into a bar on a Monday evening to hear live original music? For the last two and a half years Adam Hadley of poetry slam...

The RiotACT Gig Guide (12 – 18 December) News

By Nathan Gubler 12 December 2018
Ella Hunt, a.k.a. Cathy Diver (pictured), was awarded for THE SECOND TIME IN A ROW the Live Voice of the Year award during the National Live Music Awards, held at The Phoenix last week. Also of The Lowlands and Azim Zain & His Lovely Bones fame, check out the voice...

Celebrating a darker side of #CBR News

By AinslieandGormanArts 24 May 2016
Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ latest art party, CANBERRA OBSCURA, is a celebration of  the ACT’s weirdest sounds and strangest stories. Inspired by the atmosphere and tropes of the Australian gothic, CANBERRA OBSCURA will challenge perceptions of our urban surrounds and interrupt the everyday with an eerie and unsettling exploration of...

Folkie 2013 wrap up News

By Barcham 2 April 2013 8
I love Folkie. I've haven't missed a Folkie for 13 years. I get excited when it's coming and depressed when it's over. The combination of music, circus, friends, tents, kransky, and pyjamas pluck at a banjo that resides deep in my chest. However, with the National coming in at the...

What’s next for You Are Here in 2014? News

By Barcham 28 March 2013 1
The third You Are Here festival has come to a close. Fletcher Jones has once again become a torso and clothes-hanger filled wasteland, the Ellis Collective aren't singing to you during your lunchbreak, and Canberra's arts scene caught up on some sleep. It was a wonderful and exhausting ride, and...

Can you tell it’s a drug bust by his hair cut? [updated] News

By Barcham 14 March 2013 24
Heading back towards the You Are Here hub after a late lunch, Festival Coordinator Adam Hadley and myself happened along a rather exciting scene outside of Mooseheads. The You Are Here team quickly mobilised to stare through the windows and gossip. A rather large pile of suspicious looking goods were...

You Are Here 2012 program goes into the wild News

By johnboy 24 February 2012 2
You Are Here launched their very pretty paper program last night in Smiths alternative bookshop and wine bar. You can now find it online. Seriously go and check it out as there's some big free fun to be had. For mine the most important thing about this festival is that...

And the Corinbank ticket winners are… News

By johnboy 10 February 2012 7
Thanks to everyone who threw their hat in the ring for our Corinbank ticket competition, I was genuinely impressed by the strength of the entries. With some entries in from people I know (not to mention the ex wanting recompense for, ahem, a broken bed)* I went searching for a...

The Grim Spectre In A Red Dress. Short film. News

By johnboy 2 September 2011 2
More fully titled: "C. Chauncey Tarpaulin Burr: Strange Detective (and his apprentice, Legrande Lippard) Meet the Grim Spectre in a Red Dress" This was just released to Facebook with this note from the inimicable Adam Hadley: IIIIIIIIIIIIIT LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES! C. Chauncey Tarpaulin Burr and his apprentice Legrande Lippard meet The Grim...

These Bootlegs Are Made For Walkin’ News

By ArrEmm 21 July 2011 3
This Monday will see the final Bootlegs Session as produced by Cardboard Charlie. For many of you this will mean absolutely nothing, but for those in the know, you’ll understand the sorrow that this brings. Let me try to explain the significance of the situation for those too scared (or...

How To Sex. You Are Here News

By johnboy 11 March 2011 3
The You Are Here festival kicked off last night with a theatrical double bill at Smith's Alternative Bookshop which was packed to capacity. Adam Hadley, David Finnigan, and the pillar in the middle of the bookstore all starred. Without wanting to detract from Hadley in any way Finnigan's "How to...

The Blue Marquessa – cheap tix for you now! News

By elena_k 18 November 2010
The Blue Marquessa is tickled to illuminate a programme of refined entertainments for ladies and gentlemen of discerning taste. The Blue Marquessa is a venue with a heart that beats, and sometimes screams, presenting acts to distress and delight. Want cheap tickets? Discounted tickets if you buy them by Monday...

Are you ready for The Blind Pig? News

By johnboy 18 June 2010
The following from Facebook sounds like fun: ----------------- FOR ADULTS ONLY --------------------- The BLIND PIG this Saturday 26th June offers the finest booze, food, music and a collection of curiosities such as like Canberra has never seen. Yes folks, these must be seen to be believed. For just a pretty...

The best of Bad Slam! No Biscuit! – April 2010 News

By johnboy 6 May 2010
For your listening pleasure we're hosting audio highlights of the Phoenix's monthly poetry/theatre mashup of a poetry slam known as Bad Slam! No Biscuit! Here's the highlights of April, which include a lot more detail about Adam Hadley's exciting love life than many might wish to know. Funny in parts,...

Bad Slam! No Biscuit! A review News

By johnboy 22 April 2010 1
On the third Tuesday of every month the Phoenix pub in Civic throbs and pulses to one of the more interesting events in the Canberra social calendar. Back in the heyday of the Bootleg Sessions the Phoenix would pack out on a Monday night not so much for the...

Majestic Magic! News

By johnboy 3 April 2010 7
(RiotACT special reporter Beth Monzo filed this report at 2.30am from the Folk Festival on the newest addition to the event) The talk of the National town this year is The Majestic. A new addition to the National Folk Festival, The Majestic is everything weird and wonderful you’ve been waiting...

National Folk Festival Giveaway News

By Jazz 18 February 2010 45
Yes, today is Thursday, but not just any Thursday mind you – this particular Thursday is the one that’s exactly six weeks out from the opening of the 2010 National Folk Festival! Speaking of the number six, if you want to avoid the queues and save by purchasing your tickets...

The Band Broke Up II News

By bloodnut 12 October 2009 4
Exactly one year to the day of the very first Band Broke Up nights the Canberra Musicians Club presents a sequel of Hollywood proportions. This time around the concept is being expanded slightly to incorporate a much wider spectrum of Canberra artists including musicians, actors and poets. What remains the...

Speakeasy Fringe Club News

By loadedog 12 October 2009
From the 14th-17th of October, the Canberra Musicians Club and Cardboard Charlie bring you the Speakeasy Fringe Club in Street Two as part of the Street Theatre’s Made in Canberra season. More details after the jump. Featuring two shows each night the Speakeasy Fringe Club will kick off the first...

Sepia toned YouTube jiggliness down by the lake. News

By johnboy 2 June 2009 20
We're not going to embed this one as it's a bit on the naughty side. But Rosebud has drawn my attention to a new addition to YouTube. Posted by "velvetcorner" it comes with this note: An Edwardian picnic by the lake takes an unusual turn as the scoundrel artist persuades...

Little Girl Lost In The Devil’s Black Beard – Now showing – A review News

By johnboy 28 April 2009 2
It's always a good business when you can sell something twice. With a big crowd flocking to Gorman House's C-Block Theatre last night Mr. Fibby had the luxury of selling tickets to the night, and then, once the crowd was seated, selling those of the no-shows to the eager...

Little Girl Lost In The Devil’s Black Beard – Returns! News

By johnboy 7 April 2009 4
For those of us unfortunate enough to have missed it during the Fringe Festival repeat performances have kindly been arranged. This info from the Facebook event page: In February 2009 Mr Fibby tore the roof off the Courtyard Theatre with their new theatre show Little Girl Lost In The Devil's...

Canberra entrants in the 2008 National Poetry Slam – in video News

By johnboy 16 March 2009 7
Last December we were thrilled by the performance of the ACT entrants in the 2008 National Poetry slam at the Sydney Opera House. As luck would have it last night on ABC2 I came across the video of the show. So here are the ACT entrants in video: Omar Musa...

“I Die” – Are you braced and ready for another Tableaux? News

By johnboy 10 March 2009 7
Min Mae's Tableaux are becoming the stuff of legends. Apparently it's the good nudity which empowers rather than the bad nudity which exploits. The next one is beefing up the musical and theatrical components when it goes on show at the Gorman House Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS). Here are...

Little Girl Lost In The Devil’s Black Beard News

By johnboy 5 February 2009
The following message in from the irrepresible Adam Hadley about his latest show with Mr Fibby: Exciting developments are afoot mostly revolving around farm tool based musical instruments and a staggeringly insane yet incredibly cool musical bicycle which can only mean one thing! That the super exciting new show by...

Big Dramas at Canberra Youth Theatre News

By Artistic Director 30 January 2009
Canberra Youth Theatre’s (CYT) 2009 Semester 1 Brochure has been released and is going to cause one drama after another. CYT invites young people aged 7-25 to come in and create some drama: act, learn, have fun, make new friends and perform in our theatre. Canberra Youth Theatre was established...

Queanbeyan uber alles in the National Poetry Slam News

By johnboy 4 December 2008 11
It turned out there were three local entries (out of 18) in the Australian Poetry Slam '08. The final was held this evening at the Opera House in Sydney and broadcast nationally on ABC Radio, Even more exciting two of them, David Finigan (no secret that he posts here as...

A chat with Min Mae about the Tableaux Vivant News

By johnboy 20 August 2008 9
Interviewing Min Mae at The Front in Lyneham was perhaps not the wisest choice of locale I've ever made. A cavalcade of passers-by required hugs, or at least air-kisses from her, which made for an intriguing afternoon. The thirty something single mother has earned herself a fearsome reputation in the...

The Jester Ball – With lots of pictures. News

By johnboy 12 May 2007 14
With apologies to our reader "Mess", I'm going to hijack the story he started last night with these words: The Jester Ball tonight seemed to me like a smashing success. It was well run and well organised and with close to 400 people in attendance, a whole heap of...


By johnboy 18 April 2007 1
MEDIA RELEASE 11th April 2007 Strange Bird and the WET Season present a development performance of Bring Me the Head of Edgar Allan Poe Bring Me the Head of Edgar Allan Poe, the newest play from Canberra writer Adam Hadley, opens with the grotesque funeral of a murdered prostitute...

“… a most curious dream” – a review News

By johnboy 15 September 2006 5
I was offered comp tickets to last night's opening of "... a most curious dream" and you'll have to bear with a confusing review as it's a somewhat confusing production. Written by Adam Hadley (or "Hadley" as he's known to most in the Phoenix) and directed by the local theatrical...
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