THE OLD ADELAIDE GAOL provides the backdrop for a unique Adelaide Fringe event.

CHANTS DES CATACOMBES is a macabre musical theatre experience weaving popular and classical songs with dark stories of sex, love and femininity.

“Music styles are fused together, genres are embraced, used and abused. The audience is immersed in the imposing OLD ADELAIDE GAOL, and we create a musical experience to surprise and shock,” says Gilkes.

“After a successful Melbourne season we welcome art-pop duo THE TWOKS (electrical violinist sensation Xani Kolac and drummer Mark Leahy) into our team of artists,” says Musical Director Nathan Gilkes.

“The music of THE TWOKS has been described as epic, hard-edged, tribal, sunny, seductive and hypnotic. Xani Kolac and Mark Leahy make music that is truly impossible to put in a box. We are thrilled to place their outstanding artistry into a Fringe Theatre experience that in itself can’t be boxed in.”

THE TWOKS join pianist and violinist Nathan Gilkes, harpist Anna Boulic and actresses Zoe McDonald and Laura Burzacott.  The performance takes the audience on a narrative journey across rooms and locations within the Gaol.

“We love unleashing our hi-octane, energetic sound in performance. It’s going to be incredible to do this in the context of a live theatrical experience. The music in Chants is exciting – it’s an eclectic mix of experiences Jazz, Celtic, Improvisation, Classical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Opera, Indie,” says Xani Kolac.

CHANTS DES CATACOMBES is a little story about three murdered women:  a showgirl, a surgeon and a courtesan. The innocence of each woman has been stripped. For these three dead women history has turned the page, yet they continue to walk restlessly up and down the dark corridors of the Catacombs, remembering and forgetting.

“We will be a fabulous final destination after a night of Fringe frivolity, with some special late night performances scheduled in Adelaide,” says Gilkes.

CHANTS DES CATACOMBES opens on the 24th of February, at the Old Adelaide Gaol.  


Old Adelaide Gaol
18 Gaol Road, THEBARTON 5031

Preview Performances  – 22nd of Feb at 9pm & 23rd of Feb at 11pm
Opening Performance – 24th of Feb at 11.30pm
25th of Feb at 11.30pm
26-29th of Feb at 8.30pm
26-29th of Feb at 10.30pm

Running Time:
One hour, 5 mins

$ 30 / concession $20.00 / fringe benefits $18.00
1300 374 643