Last week I was working in Port Augusta, a small regional town in South Australia, on Desert Fringe. The Adelaide Fringe brings acts to Port Augusta (approximately three and a half hours from Adelaide) for two nights, and the town really embraces it. The community is amazing – when my hotel roommate and I went to the supermarket, we got stopped several times because of our Fringe tee-shirts, and were asked to confirm that Desert Fringe started the next night. People packed into our venue, and children were up to midnight, dancing on the stage and throwing paper flower decorations onto the stage for the musical acts. We also had a wonderful act on the Saturday night – Polytoxic’s ‘Trade Winds’, who seemed to be floating on the water while whimsical images were projected on their big white dresses. Bumping out their underwater stage in the dark – that is something for the memory bank! It was such a rewarding experience.
Behind our venue was what looked like a gorgeous little book shop, and I was dying to explore it. Unfortunately, the day I got up early to have a look inside it, there was a power blackout in the area, and the shop was shut. The sign was so adorable and so inviting! Oh well, I’ll just have to come back next year.