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Written and Directed by Shane Adamczak
Starring Shane Adamczak and St John Cowcher
Music by Shane Adamczak

From the bizarre mind of Fringe-favourite Shane Adamczak (Trampoline, Zack Adams, 3x Canadian  Just For Laughs Award Nominee and producer of the Award-winning ★★★★★ Fringe hits This Is Not A Love Song and Vicious Circles) comes a brand new comedy about how even the smallest people can do big things.

When a scientific accident causes a mild-mannered janitor to shrink and get stuck in another man’s beard, their unlikely friendship might be exactly what the two directionless men need to set them on the path toward being better men.


Featuring two of WA’s most established Indy Theatre performers; Shane Adamczak (Trampoline, Zack Adams and Greg Fleet’s This Is Not A Love Song) and St John Cowcher (The Red Balloon, Farm and The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnik), Weeping Spoon Productions are delighted for their latest work to make it’s world debut in 2016.

Combining physical theatre, storytelling, musical comedy and indie-rock, The Ballad Of Frank Allen promises to be a fringe experience like no other and one of the most weird and original shows you’ll catch at this year’s Fringe!



2017 awards

★★★★★ “This was a beautiful hidden gem of a show. Funny, heartfelt and pretty crazy… If you never thought you wanted to see a show about a man living on another man’s beard, trust me you do. ” – The Funny Tonne

★★★★★ “Seriously good writing. Seriously great performances. Ridiculously funny show.” – Adelaide Theatre Guide (2016)

★★★★★ “This is a very funny and bizarre sci-fi/rom com/musical/buddy story performed with gusto by two excellent physically comedic talents… The timing alone from these two performers shows how skilled they are in comedy, acting and movement… This is ideal Fringe fodder: it’s very clever, hilarious, pacy and brilliantly executed.” Adelaide Theatre Guide (2018)

★★★★★ “It’s what Australian comedy is supposed to be like. It’s touching, clever, hilarious, and wraps up perfectly.” –RIP IT UP

★★★★★ “One of the most original and entertaining buddy-comedies you’re ever likely to have the opportunity to see” – Kryztoff

★★★★★ “Brilliant Performance…Brilliantly written… The emotion Adamczak and Cowcher display on stage creates a successful and comfortable space of great energy, welcoming endless laughter and cheers from the audience.” -The Australia Times (Melbourne)

★★★★.5 “Adamczak is wildly funny thanks to his great timing, vivacious stage presence and ability to quickly improvise to keep the laughs coming.” – The Advertiser

★★★★ “Equal parts buddy comedy, absurdist sci-fi and endearing rom-com”- Great Scott

★★★★★ “Briliantly written… wildly funny performances… hilarious songs”– Global News

★★★★ “Hilarious…if you’re in the mood for a good laugh and the opportunity to sing along with a crowd, then you could hardly do better.” – Vue Weekly

★★★★ “Zany, clever Fringe fare that will leave you laughing.” – Fringe Review Ca

★★★★ “one of the most wholesome and engrossing performances you’ll see this Fringe.” – FEST MAG

“The story is a marvel of structure, allowing for a ridiculous premise and plenty of comedic tangents but still manages to pack in a touching story and even a few songs. Highly recommended.” – Aidan Morgan, Regina Fringe Reviewer

The Ballad of Frank Allen is wholly original piece of comedic theatre. Do not miss out on seeing this riotous experience.” – Squirrel Comedy

The Ballad of Frank Allen manages to be highly entertaining, laughter inducing hilarious and even touchingly emotional throughout… Not your conventional comedy festival performance, however, it would truly be a shame to miss out on this bizarre, yet highly hilarious production.” -Pop Culture-Y

” If you think male-bonding premises have been wrangled as far as they can possibly go, think again…well-crafted…inspired…performed with gusto “ -12th Night

“Definitely one of the most quirky and eccentric shows to be on the MICF bill, so get down in time to catch this bizarre performance!” – On The List Melbourne



INTERVIEW – Channel 44 Adelaide (March 2018)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ Adelaide Theatre Guide (March 2018)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Fest Mag (March 2018)

REVIEW – ★★★★.5 The Advertiser (March 2018)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Fringe Feed (Feb 2018)

INTERVIEW – RTR fm (Feb 2018)

INTERVIEW  – This Is Radelaide (Feb 2018)

REVIEW  – ★★★★ Vue Weekly (Aug 2017)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Global News Edmonton (Aug 2017)

REVIEW – Edmonton Journal (Aug 2017)

REVIEW – 12th Night (Aug 2017)

PREVIEW – After The Houselights (Aug 2017)

REVIEW – CNC Winnipeg (July 2017)

REVIEW – Winnipeg Free Press (July 2017)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Fringe Review (July 2017)

REVIEW – Regina Fringe (July 2017)

REVIEW – Westmount Mag (June 2017)

REVIEW – Montreal Rampage (June 2017)

REVIEW – Montreal Theatre Hub (June 2017)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ The Australia Times Melbourne (April 2017)

REVIEW – Pop Culture-Y (April 2017)

REVIEW – On The List Melbourne (April 2017)

REVIEW – Squirrel Comedy (April 2017)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ The Funny Tonne (April 2017)

REVIEW – The Arts Review (April 2017)

REVIEW – The Georgia Straight (Sept 2016)

REVIEW – PLANK Magazine (Sept 2016)

REVIEW/ARTICLE “Fringe Picks” – Colin Thomas – Mapping The Initiative Blog (Sept 2016)

REVIEW – Eric Darryl (Sept 2016)

INTERVIEW – Vancouver Presents (Sept 2016)

ARTICLE “Must See Shows” – BeatRoute Magazine (Sept 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ Global (Aug 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Vue Weekly (Aug 2016)

INTERVIEW –What Is It Podcast (Aug 2016)

REVIEW – Edmonton Journal (Aug 2016)

INTERVIEW – After The House Lights (Edmonton, Aug 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ Rip It Up (March 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ Kryztoff (March 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ The Adelaide Theatre Guide (March 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★ Great Scott (March 2016)

RADIO – Radio Adelaide Co-Host (March 2016)

PREVIEW – (Feb 2016)

REVIEW – Perth Arts Live (Feb 2016)

REVIEW – The AU Review (Feb 2016)

REVIEW – ★★★★★ The Australia Times (Feb 2016)

REVIEW – The West Australian (Feb 2016)

INTERVIEW – the music (Adelaide) (Feb 2016)

INTERVIEW – Perth Arts Live (Feb 2016)

INTERVIEW – Colosoul Magazine (Feb 2016)

INTERVIEW – RTRfm (Feb 2016)

ARTICLE – The AU Review (Feb 2016)


Live photos from The Adelaide Fringe 2016 season by Thea Fitz-James



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