Bondi Feast: Intoxication

Rebecca Varidel
3rd Jul 2018

"It's about connection. Connection in all it's forms: between people, friends, lovers, electricty cords & sockets, all getting close. Trying to get closer."

Intoxication weaves together playwright Christopher Bryant’s real-life near-death experience, along with theory from Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, Judith Herman’s Trauma and Recovery, and Matthew Todd’s How to Be Gay and Happy, as a piece of queer storytelling and audience connection.

Intoxication is a post-dramatic patchwork about queer millennial anxiety; exploring how the intense fear of being alone rules modern society, and how one person’s loneliness is symptomatic of everyone’s problem. First performed as a full production in the 2016 Midsumma Festival, it was redeveloped as a one-person piece of storytelling. This new version debuted at Canberra’s You Are Here festival in 2017, and has since appeared at Melbourne Fringe 2017 (where it won the Queer Development and Mentorship Award), Newcastle’s Critical Animals 2017, and Adelaide Fringe 2018.

The Sydney debut of the award-winning queer anxiety patchwork Intoxication will be performed for two nights only, July 17 and 18 at Bondi Pavilion as part of Bondi Feast

Writer/Performer: Christopher Bryant is a Griffin Award nominated playwright, NIDA graduate and researcher currently completing his Ph.D. at Monash University. Another of his works, Sneakyville, premieres in Melbourne in August 2018.
Director: Emma Palackic is a performance-maker, researcher, and activist currently examining Western late capitalism’s effect on live performance.
Producer: Morgan Little is an arts producer and game developer, currently working for Crack Theatre Festival, and several independent productions.