Bondi’s not just all about summer. Around this time of year, Bondi Pavilion transforms into a hub of arts, comedy and theatre. It’s Bondi Feast, and with over 50 shows to choose from, we’ve picked out a few to help you plan your schedule. 

BONDI FEAST COMEDY SHOWCASE

Bondi Feast’s very own comedy showcase brings together the festival’s comedy feature artists like Cameron James, Jared Jekyll and Nikki Britton, and special guests like musical comedy duo Smart Casual. Like everything Feasty, this lol-a-thon features hot emerging peeps alongside some of the finest in the game. Handpicked by Campfire Collective, the folks who’ve curated laughs for Late Night Library, Harvest Festival, Imperial Panda and more.

Where: The Big Theatre

When: Tuesday July 22

 

RIVER

When River isn’t selling her aluminium foil art outside Woolworths, she writes Google poetry and attends strangers’ funerals.

Sydney actor Claire Lovering writes and performs in her debut solo show; River. An awkward, hilarious and at times tragic portrait of a life lived alone. Inspired by personal musings on life and loneliness, this hour-long piece was originally performed as a ten-minute monologue and has since been commissioned exclusively for Bondi Feast. 

This is your chance to get to know River, one on one, in her own words.

Where: The Little Theatre

When: Tuesday July 22 – Wednesday July 23

 

ICARUS FALLING WITH SCOTT WINGS

Scott Wings says: “Icarus Falling is essentially my love letter to depression, with explosions and stuff. It’s a one-man show combining physical theatre, slam poetry and comedy. It’s great because I get to point at people and yell things randomly. Most of the time the show talks about Icarus and sometimes it talks about the sky and other times it talks about falling really fast and whether we’ve learnt to bounce or not. You’ll probably cry and laugh. Because depression is funny ha-ha but not funny ha-ha.”

Where: The Little Theatre

When: Tuesday July 22 – Wednesday July 23

 

MY STRUGGLE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN INDIVID (IN A WORLD FULL OF HIPSTERS)

It’s post World War I and times have changed. Contemplating what comes next we meet four returned servicemen: Richard, Joseph, Hans and Lionel. An eccentric artist, Lionel is coping with a rejection from famed training college, That Art School. What happens next, nobody could have predicted.

The Violent Romantics blast into their Sydney premiere with sold-out hit My Struggle: The Life And Times Of An Individ (In A World Full Of Hipsters). TVR are truly bringing these hipsters home with a special remake for the Sydney audiences. The jokes are funnier, the designs are more colourful, the ciders are stronger and moustaches are longer.

Where: The Big Theatre 

When: Thursday July 17 – Saturday July 19

 

AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS WITH ANIMALS I’VE FUCKED (pictured)

Not convinced by the provocative title? Awkward Conversations is the latest work by award-winning young playwright Rob Hayes, whose grisly comedy A Butcher Of Distinction shed blood for Sydney audiences last year. He is joined again by director James Dalton (Cough, The Light Box) for this disarmingly poignant tragi-comedy about love, taboos and animal rights. It’s a solo show helmed by newcomer Heath Ivey-Law (A Butcher Of Distinction), who intimately courts five different animals. Warning: contains post-coital awkwardness and oversharing, so it’s perfect for a Tinder date.

Where: The Little Theatre

Date: Wednesday July 16 – Saturday July 19

 

DESTROYER OF WORLDS

“She wanted to watch The Ice Storm and I wanted to watch Godzilla and I realised in that moment we weren’t going to make it,” says Sydney stalwart theatremaker Caleb Lewis on the moment of inspiration for his new show, premiering at Bondi Feast.

Destroyer is about a couple imploding, a bomb exploding and how love sometimes makes monsters of us all. “Do we have the right to tell someone else’s story? And if not, is that a good enough reason not to?” says Lewis.

Where: The Big Theatre 

Date: Wednesday July 23 – Friday July 25

 

For the full program and tickets head to the Bondi Feast website.

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