Bondi Feast announces stellar line-up to shake off Sydney’s winter blues

Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox features in They’ve Already Won - photo by Jack Toohey AAR BFSydney’s favourite indie pop-up winter festival Bondi Feast is back – bigger and better than ever with 40 shows and 158 artists over a two week period at the iconic Bondi Pavilion this July.

Now in its fifth year, the Pavilion will come alive with the best of comedy, theatre, music, visual arts and food from 18 – 29 July to help Sydneysiders shake off those winter blues. Artists from all over Australia will fill every corner of the famous venue on five stages for ten unforgettable nights.

From stand-up comedy to improvised musicals, satire, sci-fi cabaret, performance art, apocalyptic walking tours, dramatic drag, a contemporary chamber opera, a cappella singing, 24-hour plays, fresh indie music, feminist power plays, Alanis Morissette sing-a-longs and an aerobics dance party – there’s something for the young, old and everyone in-between.

Festival Directors, Rachel Chant & Phil Spencer say it’s the place to be this winter. “The 2017 festival is the most exciting and eclectic program to date. Not to mention the largest! With 40 quality shows to choose from!”

Highlights of the 2017 Bondi Feast include:

  • They’ve Already Won – a rigorous appraisal of our cultural moment performed by Harriet Gillies & Pierce Wilcox – who are at risk of actually getting drunk on stage.
  • Come see a 23-year-old act out her mid-life crisis under the guise of a shitty stepdad who builds luxury doghouses in Demi Lardner: Look What You Made Me Do – Winner of the Director’s Choice Award Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017.
  • Join six playwrights as they have 24 hours to write six new short plays, never before seen or committed to paper, and then hand them over to a director and cast, to be performed in front of an audience that night in 24 Hour Party Playwright.
  • Press start and descend into the depths for a swim with your favourite vaudevillian vagabond, as Clara Cupcakes brings her latest award nominated tour de force to life with her usual big hair and manic flair in The Worst.
  • Sexperts and cousins Rural Ranga and Strawberry Siren bring you two playful shows of storytelling and interactive genital techniques in Wank Bank & Pussy Play Masterclass. Be guided through for an hour of comfortable adult fun with 20+ take home techniques.
  • Join playwright and game designer, Caleb Lewis on Exclusion Zone – an hour-long journey into the back streets of Bondi, investigating hyper-anomalies, chrono-displacement fields, and other crypto-cartographic phenomena.
  • Be whisked away into the Bondi Pavilion elevator for a private raconteuring rendezvous in Heavy Lifting. Stand clear and listen closely – this one will be over before you know it. This short show will last the length of time it takes for the elevator to take you down and back up again.

Mayor Sally Betts says Waverley Council is delighted to present this festival to the community. “The Bondi Pavilion is the cultural heart of Bondi. This event gives opportunities for artists and audiences to create, share and enjoy a truly vibrant creative offering here in Waverley,” says Ms Betts.

The 2017 Bondi Feast runs 18 – 29 July. For more information and complete program, visit: www.bondifeast.com.au for details.

Image: Harriet Gillies and Pierce Wilcox feature in They’ve Already Won – photo by Jack Toohey

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