Good golly, Miss Molly – this dog’s life is a cabaret
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
POOCH PAL: Cabaret star Carla Lippis gets a thank you from fan Molly, and her handler Annette Holden.