I am in the public change rooms of the Bondi Pavilion and there is a naked man in front of me. No, this is not an excerpt from George Michael’s diary, but an interlude from Bluebeard; or the Marriage Mistakes of a Nameless Bride, a quirky and compelling show appearing this week as a part of Bondi Feast.

This take on the Charles Perrault story of Bluebeard follows a mating ritual infused with distinct Australian traditions. A couple meet and return to his place where the seduction scene that plays out seems more like a cryptic game of cat and mouse than a date.

The drama is interspersed with music from Gideon Payten-Griffiths, who acts as our guide for the night, a kind of mariner-cum-Pied Piper who punctuates the show with a flexible clarinet (no, that is not a euphemism). Curly Fernandez and Melissa Hume expertly play a couple who have just discovered each other and are not phased by their age difference.

The ‘bride’ (Melissa Hume) discovers her potential destiny as her predecessors fates are left hanging as evidence but she is not your typical woman, so may escape a similar grisly fate. Staged well, except a little hard to follow the action at first as it played out in two cubicle spaces, so visibility was a bit of a problem at times. Director Michael Dean has not only retained the gothic chill of the original, but put an amusing and modern spin on it, with some interesting twists.

Bluebeard; or the Marriage Mistakes of a Nameless Bride is presented by Lies, Lies and Propaganda and is on until 29 July, for more information and tickets see:  http://bondifeast.com.au/bluebeard/

Featuring: Curly Fernandez and Melissa Hume

Director: Michael Dean

Original Concept by Curly Fernandez

Photography by Sasha Cohen

Live Music by Gideon Payten-Griffiths

This Month in Sydney

18 Oct - 4 Nov
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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a two kilometre long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Aqualand proudly returns for its third year as Principal Sponsor, along with the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, which has increased to AUD70,000 in 2018 and will be awarded to an exhibiting artist whose sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

In 2017, Aqualand’s sponsorship was renewed for an additional five years and is the most significant in the exhibition’s history, continuing to support the growth of the iconic Bondi exhibition.

As one of Sydney’s most beloved and photographed events, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts over 500,000 visitors over the course of 18 days and signals the beginning of summer in Sydney.