By Lauren Ferrone
They say good things come in threes – and it’s certainly the case with Adelaide Fringe’s Ambassador line-up for 2017.
Announced today (Wednesday, September 28), for the first time, Australia’s largest arts festival will have not one but three talented artists promoting the event to national and international audiences.
Here are your 2017 Adelaide Fringe Ambassadors…
HUGH SHERIDAN, ACTOR
Adelaide-born actor, musician and television presenter, Hugh Sheridan, rose to fame in Seven Network’s Packed to the Rafters and will join Nine Network’s House Husbands next season.
Hugh, who lives in Los Angeles but is in town for today’s announcement, says the Adelaide Fringe is an important platform for artists to attract audiences and test exciting new work.
“I’ve always been a fan of Adelaide Fringe. It’s such a vital part of this city’s arts culture… but it wasn’t until I premiered California Crooners Club at this year’s Fringe that I realised just how much it supports artists and gives a wide range of performers their chance to shine,” he says.
Theatrically Hugh’s credits include, the sold out, one man show, Newley Discovered, at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He then took Newley to the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Snapple.
JAMES COCHRAN, VISUAL ARTIST
Visual artist James Cochran, also known as Jimmy C, will return to the city he once called home as an Adelaide Fringe Ambassador in 2017.
James attracted worldwide attention earlier this year for his mural of the late David Bowie on a wall in London and will work closely with local street artists for Adelaide Fringe’s Street Art Explosion program next year.
He played a key role in the development of the underground graffiti movement in Australia during the early 1990s and, after working on numerous mural commissions and community arts projects, went on to complete a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia.
James now lives in London and his canvases and walls can be viewed in cities across the world.
ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT, PERFORMER
This 2017 Adelaide Fringe Ambassador considers Australia her ‘second home’ and the international Fringe community her artistic family.
New York’s Adrienne Truscott, who has 15 years experience as a choreographer, circus acrobat, dancer, writer and comedian, has been a regular at Adelaide Fringe since 2009 and is one half of the vaudevillian burlesque duo The Wau Wau Sisters.
Adrienne’s varied work has appeared at Australian venues including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney and Brisbane International Festivals.
Her essays have been published in two Australian anthologies and several media publications and she has developed and presented work around Australia and at Adelaide Fringe since 2008.
The best Adelaide Fringe yet…
Adelaide Fringe artistic director and chief executive, Heather Croall, says the ambassador shakeup is just one of many exciting changes for next year’s festival.
“The 2016 Adelaide Fringe was our best yet, and we want to build on its growing success. We have a new partnership with the world’s biggest festival city, Edinburgh, plus the UK’s largest ticketing company, Red61, will use digital technology to help streamline and integrate the way all groups connect with the event,” Heather Croall.
The official Adelaide Fringe Festival program will be released December 2.