It may not be your first impulse to get to the beach during winter, but stop sooking and get to the beach during winter. Especially from July 11-25, when Rock Surfers Theatre Company presents Bondi Feast, a smorgasbord of theatre, comedy, music, food and immersive performance.
Bondi Feast is a build-your-own festival, with headquarters at the Bondi Pavilion, allowing more than 100 independent and emerging performers to showcase their work. Some of this year's highlights include Zoe Coombs Marr's one-(wo)man comedy show, Dave, and the participatory Ignoramus Anonymous, which is just like Alcoholics Anonymous, but dealing with knowledge addiction. It's your chance to stand up and admit, 'I don't know'.
With multiple short shows scheduled for each day, there's plenty of time for hanging out in the Bondi Pavilion bar, which has been dressed in the style of "an interactive rumpus room of vintage board games" by designer Jade Alex. Mulled wine and cider is a fixture of the festival, and the food offering comes from a different featured vendor each day. Look out for the likes of Knafeh, Mr Bao and Madame Waffle.
Now in its fourth year and with a carefully curated program, Bondi Feast continues to grow as Sydney’s unofficial winter fringe festival. Schedule yourself a day of entertainment, street food and hot spiced cider.
Top image: Bitch Boxer.