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“One of three works from a trio of incredible writers delivered directly into your ears – the Acqua Profonda trilogy is the perfect treat for a wintry moment of solitude.” Rachel Chant, Festival Director

The Clam Before The Storm by Michael Louis Kennedy is a neurotic oceanic narrative odyssey through three distinct relationships, punctuated by heartbreak, malevolent sea creatures, feminine roadside pies, biohazardous dinner parties and forbidden love.

The Clam Before the Storm is part I of Acqua Profonda: A Trilogy. To purchase the entire trilogy, head to Acqua Profonda: A Trilogy page.

Show Info:
  • You’ll need an internet connection (4G or 5G) and your best pair of headphones
  • The work is designed to be listened to by the water. If you’re able to listen from a beach we encourage you to do so. However the work can just as easily be listened to by any other body of water, bath tub or basin.
  • You’ll want to gather in your chosen location, put your headphones in and get settled before you press play
  • The link will be available to listen to throughout the length of the Festival (1-17 July).
Accessibility Info:
Presented by:

Playwright/Producer Michael Louis Kennedy
Composer/Sound Designer Oliver John Cameron
Associate Producer Olivia Costa
Dramaturg Polly Rowe
Image Design Ben Howell
Mansoor Noor
Liam Nunan

Michael Louis Kennedy is a playwright, writer and arts professional based in Sydney. He is currently one of the Curatorial Associates of the Arts program of Sydney World Pride 2023. In 2020 and 2021 he served as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers Festival, an annual festival usually based in Newcastle, NSW. His writing has been featured in Overland, Voiceworks, Brag, Going Down Swinging, Transportation Press, Baby Teeth, Sydney Morning Herald and more.

Oliver John Cameron is an award-winning composer based in Sydney. Unafraid to tackle any genre, his output includes choral, musical theatre, sound-design, film, chamber, and orchestral works. Oliver devised, composed and performed in The Colour Orange: The Pauline Hanson Musical winning the Sydney Fringe Critic’s Pick Award in 2017 and the Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award in 2018. His work, five lullabies for uncertain times, was the winner of the 2021 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize. In 2022, Oliver has been commissioned by the Australian Vocal Ensemble and selected to compose for the 2022 NEO Voice Festival in Los Angeles.


! Adult Themes & Coarse Language. Recommended Age: 16+

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Time: Various Times

Duration: 25 mins

Dates: 1 - 17 July

Price: $6.00

Recommended Age: 16+

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