It’s back! The Royal Croquet Club is set to return for the 2015 Fringe after successfully negotiating a licence with Adelaide City Council (ACC). The venue will host more than 100 artists across 36 Fringe events, and will bring the festival atmosphere to the redeveloped Victoria Square/Tarntanyannga in the heart of the city. City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese and the ACC praised the “adjustments made… by the organisers of the Royal Croquet Club in direct response to feedback”, which made it possible to formulate a mutually beneficial arrangement.


After the success of the first Royal Croquet Club experiment, many will welcome the news that the venue will continue in 2015. The nature of the Club may be slightly tweaked – the Lord Mayor describing it as “first and foremost a Fringe performance venue; with reduced focus on the sale of alcohol – but we are certain it will prove to be a hit with the Fringe crowds this summer.  It is also worth noting that the Club will run for 28 days this year (up from 19 last year) to accommodate the additional performances.


On the subject of performances, Council’s City Culture and Community Services General Manager Sandy Verschoor described the planned programme as “exceptional, featuring local, national and international artists…”. The Square will remain open to the public throughout the licence period, and will be packed with themed food outlets from some of the most unique and exciting eateries in South Australia. It looks the centre of the city will be a real hotspot for the Fringe in 2015, and the Royal Croquet Club will be at its heart. We look forward to seeing you there!

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