You know the feel good story of a young boy, from an unlikely background discovering a love and talent for ballet. It's a passion that's at odds with expectations and understanding of his family. Billy Elliot is the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.
I declare that the weekend at Ukaria in the Adelaide Festival is a unique jewel in the musical calendar of Australia, where venue, audience, and performers, embraced by the curators of the weekend, combine to produce an experience as close to ideal as can be imagined.
You might not think that the ethics of the Hippocratic oath would provide a stimulating plot for the theatre, but the way Robert Icke’s drama interweaves this with all kinds of race, gender, and class prejudices makes this work a classic document of contemporary England.