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This event is no longer part of the Bondi Festival Local program. Ticketholders will be contacted directly by the presenting team about the new venue.

Cool Pool Party 2: THE SECOND is an unnerving, side-splitting and catastrophic jaunt, fresh from the unique ‘ban shakespeare’ universe.

Written and directed by Antoinette Barbouttis, Cool Pool Party 2: THE SECOND is a reworked sequel to the (mostly) unseen Cool Pool Party (Philip Parsons Award, Belvoir 2020). This comedy-drama centres around the death of 17-year-old school captain, all-round legend and swimming champ, Cameron Goddard. The ‘cool group’ of Rosebay Grammar find themselves heavily bereaved and turn to other worlds for answers. Pushing through a formidable, endless rain, raging hormones unhinge the teens’ pacts and earth schisms. When the Puberty Oracle descends on the night of the Year 12 Formal, earth is set for ruin. And true love is the only way to save humanity. But it’s not all that simple.

Meanwhile, a millennial/gen z acting castaway turned self-appointed “ally” sits quietly in the wings of the stage, his assistant in tow. He proudly steps aside for his drama school peers, knowing all too well that the straight-white-male has no place on the stage in 2022. As his simmering yearning for the spotlight rears, an internal demon begins to manifest…

A Covid-lockdown casualty of 2021, Cool Pool Party 2: THE SECOND rises from the ashes in this reworked pinnacle for 2022. A new cast takes to the aptly fit Bondi Bowlo stage ushering the audience on a theatrical cruise through the dark and comedic, titillating and disastrous.

This event is part of Bondi Festival Local, an open-access program that celebrates local artists, live venues and grass roots organisations within our iconic neighbourhood.


Sat 2 July: 7.30pm
Sun 3 July: 6pm
Mon 4 – Wed 6 July: 7.30pm

Show Info:
  • Tickets for Bondi Festival Local events are sold through external ticketing providers. By clicking ‘Book Now’, you will be taken to an external site.
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Presented by:

ban shakespeare

Writer/Creator Antoinette Barbouttis
Set and Costume Design
Rita Naidu
Sound Design
Daniel Herten
Evan Confos
Daya Czepanski
Micaela Ellis
Faisal Hamza
Philip Lynch
Charli Lucas
Harry Stacey
Christy Tran
Ebony Tucker
Fergus Wilson

Special thanks to Daniel Mackenzie. An additional thank you to the cast and team who worked tirelessly on the show that got canned in 2021.

Time: Various Times

Duration: 90mins

Dates: 2 - 6 July

Recommended Age: 18+

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