Good golly, Miss Molly – this dog’s life is a cabaret

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MOLLY the guide dog has got it licked when it comes to get­ting the best seats in the house at the Ade­laide Cabaret Festival.

The Royal So­ci­ety for the Blind guide dog is one of the festival’s big­gest fa­nat­ics. And her han­dler An­nette Holden, who is vi­sion-im­paired, said Molly al­ways dressed up for the show.

“As soon as Molly sees her se­quined coat she knows she’s go­ing to the theatre … she loves mu­sic,” she said.

The duo have been to no less than 10 shows since the festival kicked off on June 8. They plan to see more, in­clud­ing Cast a Dark Shadow, after be­ing treated to a meet and greet with its star Carla Lip­pis.

“Molly is adorable and I love her style … who doesn’t love sequins?” Ms Lip­pis said.

Ms Holden, who has been a festival reg­u­lar for 17 years, said Molly’s favourite per­former was Hans. A DRA­MATIC up­surge in spend­ing by vis­i­tors to this year’s Ade­laide Fringe helped it gen­er­ate a record $90.6 mil­lion state eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

Gross eco­nomic ex­pen­di­ture, which es­ti­mates the flowon ef­fect of Fringe spend­ing to other busi­ness sec­tors, was up from $81.4 mil­lion last year.

Di­rect vis­i­tor spend­ing, in­clud­ing ticket pur­chases, ac­com­mo­da­tion, din­ing and as­so­ci­ated en­ter­tain­ment, was also up more than 19 per cent on last year to $29.5 mil­lion.

Fringe direc­tor Heather Croall said a $1 mil­lion State Govern­ment fund­ing in­jec­tion had al­lowed it to re­move or re­duce in­ter­nal charges on tick­ets, mean­ing artists and venues could keep prices lower and re­ceive larger box office takes.

“Fringe­go­ers can do more than just see a show – they can make a whole day or night of it by hav­ing a meal and a drink

Pic­ture MATT TURNER

POOCH PAL: Cabaret star Carla Lip­pis gets a thank you from fan Molly, and her han­dler An­nette Holden.

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