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“I can’t wait to sit in our barbershop-cum-theatre to watch storyteller Simon Vaughan discuss his religious teenage-hood and mohawk-sporting punk rock back catalogue. This will be very special indeed.” – Rachel Chant, Festival Director on And Also With You

From the age of 0-18, Simon Vaughan was a Christian. Not just the ‘tick the box on the census form’ kind but the ‘attend church every week, read your Bible every day (or at least feel guilty if you don’t), constantly praying’ kind. For 18 years church was everything from an extended family to a school to a dating service.

And Also With You is a storytelling adventure that recounts the good, the bad, and the ‘peace be with you’ of growing up when you FROG (fully rely on God). From youth group camps to purity pledges, it’s about living with the weight of original sin on your shoulders and the eventual choice to cast it off. A church service without all the boring stuff, And Also With You takes you inside church walls to find out what life is really like when Jesus is your best friend.

Praise for Simon Vaughan’s previous solo show Animorphed:
“Simon Vaughan is funny, boyishly enthusiastic, and takes the audience with him on a nostalgic adventure”
★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser

“More stand-up comedy and a friendly chat than true theatre, this is a wonderful way to spend an hour.”★★★★ Adelaide Theatre Guide

“A sterling show… Full of heart, with solid storytelling and a hint of whimsy” – Festival Freak


Thu 6 – Fri 7 July 7:30pm

Accessibility Info:
  • This event takes place at Badlambs Barbershop.
  • This is a ‘Sight No Obstacle’ event.
  • Badlambs Barbershop has one step up from the footpath. Please note, there is no accessible toilet and no accessible parking available at the venue. We encourage you to read about the accessibility of the Badlambs Barbershop. To book accessible seating, please call or email Bondi Festival.
  • Bondi Festival accepts Companion Cards. Companion Card holders are required to phone or email their valid Companion Card number and expiry date.
  • Click here for more information about accessibility at Bondi Festival.
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Creator/Performer: Simon Vaughan

Meet the Creator:

Simon is a writer, performer, and theatre maker. His first solo show Animorphed was the winner of both the Emerging Artist Award and a Fringe Weekly Award – Highly Commended for Theatre at the Adelaide Fringe in 2014 and also had sold-out seasons at Bondi Feast 2017 and the Sydney Fringe 2013. He is a co-founder of the performance collective Applespiel with whom he has co-created and performed in many works including Return To Escape From Woomera (Performance Space, Arts House, Canberra Theatre Centre), Applespiel Make a Band and Take on the Recording Industry (Malthouse Theatre, Performance Space), Sexy New Urban Design Team (Sydney Festival), Executive Stress/ Corporate Retreat (Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe) and Snail Piece (Festival of Dangerous Ideas). Simon has also collaborated internationally with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble in the Philippines.

Address: 132 Glenayr Ave. Bondi Beach NSW Australia 2026

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