The Bystander Project | Real People. Real Stories | BREC

The Bystander Project Installation

Run Time Open Monday - Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Presented By BREC & Whisky and Boots

PLEASE NOTE: Patrons should be advised that some of the stories contain adult themes, suicide and Aboriginal and Torres Strait audiences should be aware that there are stories about people who are deceased.

Missed the show? Or would you like experience the Bystander stories again?

A photographic and audio installation is availbale for community members to experience and revisit.

Please note

  BREC is required to maintain a mandatory contact register for all patrons over the age of 16 attending the Centre. You can scan the QR code or fill in the physical form upon arrival. The Centre has increased hygiene measures and will observe required COVID restrictions.



The Bystander Project transforms the stories of real people, responding to their own experience of being a bystander in their world and presents these as a Headphone Verbatim Performance.

This style of storytelling means that the actors will deliver words from the interviews exactly as they hear them through their headphones, in real time and with no embellishments. Here in the South West, Whiskey & Boots have taken specific experiences from people living in the Bunbury community.

All songs performed in were written by Whiskey and Boots about Bunbury and/or chosen in response to the stories collected from the Bunbury Community.


Georgia King: performer/producer
Mark Storen: performer/producer/musical composition
Holly Garvey: photographer, musical composition.
Tom Garvey: Musical composition and performance

Whiskey & Boots is so grateful for the continued support from the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and the City of Bunbury

All stories have been included with the express permission of the individual story sharers and where necessary, their families and elders. No cultural knowledge has been shared without consultation.
The Bystander Project was originally conceived in collaboration
with Alexandra Nell.

Local Story Sharers

Gavin Pound
Cory Crombie
Peter Byass
Katrina & Jerry Bogdanoff
Elsie Penny
Dylan & Sophie Atkins
Johana Carolina
Jan Tierney

Bystander – Margaret River Participant Testimonials


“The reason I did it was my interest in community history. I think we should be recording”

“They’re great people, they’re very good performers, you know I was blown away by it and I was proud to be part of it. And proud of you guys too [other participants], it was just awesome… Hearing from people I didn’t know that well then I felt like I knew them.”

“The response from the people made me feel really good about it. And at the end people come up to us and they were all talking about how much they enjoyed it… Yeah it was a feel good thing.”

“A beautiful opportunity.”


Bystander – Beverly Installation Feedback


“Loved it. Just wonderful. Photos just captured the people perfectly.”

“Loved this project. So interesting to see images and have the words. Just sorry to have missed your performance. Very engaging to “meet.” A few locals this way. Thank you.”

“Being new to town and staying at the Station – this has given me a fascinating insight into the lives of the people in Beverly – a wonderful community spirit prevails here – thank you for sharing and presenting in such a professional way – brilliant audio and photographs.”