Bondi Feast

Theatre, Drama
Bondi Feast
Photograph: Robert Catto

Head to the beach this winter, to immerse yourself in a feast of indie theatre, comedy and cabaret

Proving that the beach isn’t just for summer, the sixth Bondi Feast festival kicks off on July 17 with a jam-packed line-up.

Over two weeks, Bondi Pavilion and surrounds will be transformed into a carnival playground, with more than 40 shows from the best home-grown performers, plus an old-fashioned parlour tent, art installations and a new pop-up restaurant.

The fun begins with an Opening Gala filled with comedy, beat boxing and bingo as organisers cram in the best bits of the festival into one huge night of laughs.

Our entertainment picks include the ever-fabulous Trevor Ashley playing homage to La Streisand in Barbra and Me, quirky comedy Double Denim, which comes straight from picking up the Director’s Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as comedy veteran Gillian Cosgriff sharing the best bits of her ten years in the business in the retrospective show So Far So Good, directed by the inimitable Virginia Gay.

If that doesn’t suit, you can scream with laughter in the gothic comedy Queen of Wolves, giggle at comedian Damian Callinan’s mid-life crisis show Swing Man, catch Japanese ventriloquist, puppeteer and storyteller Showko in her hit Melbourne Comedy Festival act Absolutely Normal, and even ugly cry in the company of strangers to the saddest anthems of all time in the show Misery Loves Cabaret.

New to the event this year is the Festival Garden, where you can grab a mulled wine and explore enjoy pop-up performances and art installations before ducking into the velvet-lined surrounds of the elaborate Parlour Tent. In between, don’t forget to tuck into Blumenthal-esque bites at Culinary Circus, the new pop-up restaurant catered by Masterchef contestant, Callan “dessert sushi” Smith.

The full program of Bondi Feast events can be found at bondifeast.com.au.

See what else is on stage in Sydney in July.

By: Polly Simons

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