By Madison Behringer
In its sixth year running, Bondi Feast returns to Bondi Pavilion for another smashing year of theatre, comedy, cabaret, circus and so much more. With the entire two-week long festival based at the Pavilion, punters are encouraged to wander down, pull up a pew and settle in for as much entertainment, food and wine as they can handle.
“We kind of think of ourselves as a festival, so it’s a bit of a best-of, curated, high-end fringe festival,” said Rachel Chant, co-director and curator for Bondi Feast, going on to say, “it’s really important to us that it’s all in the one place so you can come down and just hunker down.”
As a Waverly Council event and being part of Bondi Winter Magic, Bondi Feast also features an ice-skating rink out front and a Ferris-wheel to the side. Their newest addition this year, however, an adults-only jumping castle located right in the hub of the festival.
With such a huge line-up of things to see, do and experience, Bondi Feast is your go-to entertainment hub this winter.
“We aim to be artist and audience-friendly, creating a festival that’s affordable and supportive to everyone involved”, said Rachel.
Jul 9-20. Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach. Various Prices. Tickets & Info: www.bondifeast.com.au
ANYA ANASTASIA – CABARET STAR FOR HIRE
Bringing her brand-new show Cabaret Star For Hire to Sydney for the very first time, multi-award winning performance artist Anya Anastasia will perform in The Parlour for Bondi Feast this year. Her shows are a beautiful combination of cabaret, performance art, Aussie opera and sidesplitting comedy, with Cabaret Star For Hire her most hilarious show yet.
“This show, in particular, is very funny, audiences really laugh and it can be quite a hysterical, rioted show,” said Anya, continuing, “it’s non-stop action, it’s very silly, and it’s very honest. There are lots of surprises and lots of ‘wow’ moments that people may not have seen before.”
Anya’s shows feature all-original music with Cabaret Star For Hire showcasing her heartfelt new ballad Never Give Up On Your Dreams And Other Terrible Pieces Of Advice, guaranteed to induce an audience-full of belly laughs. Performing at Bondi Feast for two nights only, Anya Anastasia is not to be missed.
Jul 12-13. Parlour Tent. $25+b.f.
ADAM AXFORD – RULEBREAKER
Magician, illusionist, and advocate for social and environmental change, Adam Axford’s newest show RULEBREAKER will leave you mind-blown yet also feeling a little more wholesome than when you arrived. Using incredible magic, Adam engages and stuns his audiences whilst throwing in just the right amount of what’s most important to him.
“It’s as if they were watching a TED Talk that was compelling to them but rather than being distracted by the non-stop intellect it was demonstrated by mind-blowing pieces of magic”, Adam explained.
Only performing two shows at Bondi Feast, Adam’s RULEBREAKER is full of unexplainable tricks and illusions, using technology, the audience and mind-bending magic.
Summing his show up, Adam said, “I hope audiences experience wonder, amazement and surprise, and for everyone to get involved and connect with each other.”
With rave reviews like this one, “That is THE BEST piece of magic I have EVER seen… @#$% that’s good!” (Stu Gregor, Founder of Four Pillars), it’s a sure guarantee that RULEBREAKER will be a smash hit.
Jul 17-18. Parlour Tent. $30+b.f.
TABLE FOR TWO?
This multi-award winning smasher of a show will be gracing The Mini Theatre for two nights only at this year’s Bondi Feast. A one-man show from Sydney artist Will Tredinnick, Table For Two? is 45-minutes of chaos, laughter and more audience participation than you bargained for. The show is set during the ‘grand re-opening’ of a dysfunctional restaurant and is a unique theatre experience filled with laughs, physical comedy and very, very bad table service.
Jul 19-20. The Mini Theatre. $20+b.f.
THE LADY OR THE TIGER
One door hides the tiger. One the lady. Showing in The Yard, The Lady or the Tiger combines live performance and video in the most unorthodox of venues. Directed by Claudia Osborne and Mikala Westall, this show explores our love for watching each other suffer and so much more.
Jul 16-20. The Yard. $20+b.f.
I HAVE SOMETHING
Alex Reynolds has one theory she wholeheartedly believes in, and it is this. The more you listen to Whitney Houston’s song I Have Nothing the better it gets.
Her theory will be tested at a Whitney Houston themed dance party that you definitely need in your life. Bringing her experimental performance art/comedy/burlesque show I Have Something to Bondi Feast this year, Alex invites you to join her at her dance party and revel in a bit of self-love and fun.
Jul 12-13. The Gallery. $20+b.f.
New Zealand’s favourite group Laser Kiwi, known for their ‘surreal sketch circus’ are bringing their hilarious show to Bondi Feast this year. Taking over the Parlour Tent, Laser Kiwi are on a mission to celebrate a life less serious and to inspire the world to do the same.
Jul 16-20. Parlour Tent. $30+b.f.
IT’S NOT ME, IT’S DEFINITELY YOU
Set to a soundtrack of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, Australian performer Lisa Woodbrook explores the ever-evolving world of dating in her newest show It’s Not Me, It’s Definitely You. Hilarious and relatable, Lisa has the right advice for those looking for love. Showing for three nights during Bondi Feast, Lisa Woodbrook is ready to fill The Mini Theatre with comedy, amazing vocals and all the dating advice you could ever need.
“…an impressive voice and more stage presence than anyone has the right to possess.” (What Did She Think)
Jul 11-13. The Mini Theatre. $25+b.f.
AIRLOCK: A Nihilistic Cabaret About The End Of The World
Written by Tim Hansen, Airlock: A Nihilistic Cabaret About The End Of The World, is essentially, according to Tim, a gay cabaret about the end of the world. With all the elements one could want in a show of its title, Airlock features eight all-original songs that are the perfect combination of musical theatre and pop. With a killer cast, this cabaret-come-comedy is taking over The Parlour Tent for this year’s Bondi Feast.
Jul 19-20. Parlour Tent. $30+b.f.
Taking audiences back to the nostalgia of the 90s, Akio! (Uncut) follows the story of Akio! and his long-time crush Harumi as they get sucked into the world of video games, forcing Akio! to face his greatest fears. The show embraces art, dance and multimedia and shamelessly rips off old-school 90s video games like Zelda, Street Fighter, Mario and more.
Jul 10-13. The Gallery. $20+b.f.
An entrancing all-women, cross-generational circus show, Casting Off showcases three women flipping, climbing and flying to an expansive soundscape. The show is a theatrical circus experience that celebrates thoughtful, strong, and resilient individuals.
Jul 9-13. Parlour Tent. $30+b.f.
Featuring Australia’s only Indigenous Australian contemporary circus ensemble, Chasing Smoke is making its Sydney debut at this year’s Bondi Feast. The show is an evocative and triumphant work that stokes the fires of identity, adversity and success for a unique cohort of young Australians.
Jul 9-13. Parlour Tent. $30+b.f.
NIGELLA – LOVE BITES
Nigella – Love Bites, is a triumphant character cabaret that explores the sugar highs and front-page lows of Nigella Lawson’s career. A one-woman show, Raelene Isbester takes on the persona of the adored chef in this light-hearted yet deliciously funny performance. After sell-out shows around the country, Nigella – Love Bites has finally made its way to Sydney for this year’s Bondi Feast.
Jul 11-13. Little Theatre. $30+b.f.