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Weather Update: Due to current weather conditions, the Saturday 9 July sessions of Exquisite Corpse will be held at Waverley Library.

“This simple and intimate experience packs a punch in its brevity. You won’t want it to finish.” – Rachel Chant, Festival Director

All stories need someone to tell themselves to in order to exist.

Once upon a time there was a story. This is a story about that story. It is the story that started it all. Weirdly, it is the same story that ended it all. After the end of it all, it falls upon that same story to begin everything again. Let’s tell that story together. It might very well be what keeps the world turning.

Exquisite Corpse is a one-on-one storytelling experience — where this time it is the young people who sit you down and read you a story from once upon a time.

The project has been developed with the support of Shopfront Arts Co-op and the Australia Council for the Arts, and first performed as part of Shopfront’s Junior Ensemble program at Hurstville Library in 2022.


Sat 9 July: 1pm, 1.20pm, 1.40pm, 2pm, 2.20pm, 2.40pm
Sat 16 July: 2pm, 2.20pm, 2.40pm, 3pm, 3.20pm, 3.40pm

Show Info:
  • This show is a one-on-one experience. If you are coming in a group, please be aware that you will not be experiencing the same performance and will each need to purchase an individual ticket.
Accessibility Info:
  • This performance takes place at Waverley Library (Sat 9 July) and Sparky the Library Van (Sat 16 July)
  • Click here for more information about accessibility at Bondi Festival.
Presented by:

Creator Malcolm Whittaker
Collaborators Mark Rogers, Phil Spencer, Bella Whitcher

Meet the creator:

Malcolm Whittaker works as an artist, writer, researcher, performer, producer and teacher. He does this in solo pursuits and in collaborations with other artists and non-artists. His work as an artist is mostly made and executed through the engagement of participants and collaborators in the framing of play spaces that adopt social forms and rituals from popular culture and the everyday. His projects have taken the form of theatre and gallery situations, site-specific and public interventions, performance lectures, film shoots, phone calls, support groups, radio programs, elevator rides, teeth-brushing services, walks in the park, games of chess, gift shops, handshakes, newspapers, fashion labels, letters in the mail, digging holes in the dirt and the borrowing of books from the library. He has made and presented work extensively across Australia, as well as in the UK, Finland and Europe.

! Recommended Age: 15+

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Time: Various Times

Duration: 10 - 15mins

Dates: Sat 9 July, Sat 16 July

Price: $7

Venue: Waverley Library (Sat 9 July), Sparky the Library Van

Address: Bondi Park, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW, Australia

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