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Vietgone

By Qui Nguyen
Original music by Shane Rettig
Directed by Daniel Evans and Ngọc Phan

A WILD ROAD-TRIP ROMANCE THROUGH THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA Saigon has fallen. Helicopter pilot Quang and strong-willed Tong have both narrowly escaped the end of the Vietnam War and find themselves in a new and deeply strange country. Thrown together in the arrival camp in Arkan...

A WILD ROAD-TRIP ROMANCE THROUGH THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA

Saigon has fallen. Helicopter pilot Quang and strong-willed Tong have both narrowly escaped the end of the Vietnam War and find themselves in a new and deeply strange country.

Thrown together in the arrival camp in Arkansas, they must navigate a mystifying dust land of rednecks, bikers, hippies and cowboys. Tong wants to make a fresh start in the land of opportunity, while Quang just wants to get home. But what if the spark growing between them was to ignite?

With its in-your-face ninja action and pulse-pounding hip-hop music, Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone is an inventive and genre-bending live-action theatrical cartoon — an irreverent, pulp fiction-style take on the love story that may (or may not) have led to his own birth.

This perfect finale to 2023 will be co-directed by Daniel Evans and Ngọc Phan on the Playhouse stage at QPAC. Cue the glitter cannon.

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  • Dates
    4 – 18 Nov
  • Location
    Playhouse, QPAC
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tues 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Ticket Pricing
    Adult
    from
    $81
    Senior
    from
    $74
    Concession
    from
    $69
    Youth - 30 & Under
    from
    $35
  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 13 Nov, 6.30pm

  • Duration
    2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Tuesday 14 Nov 6.30pm
    Audio Described Thursday 16 Nov 7.30pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 30 Oct, 6.00pm

  • Warning
    This play contains medium level, frequent coarse language, adult themes including drug and sexual references, depictions of violence, discrimination, grief and the aftermath of the war in Vietnam 1955-1975. It also contains the use of theatrical smoke, herbal ...

    This play contains medium level, frequent coarse language, adult themes including drug and sexual references, depictions of violence, discrimination, grief and the aftermath of the war in Vietnam 1955-1975. It also contains the use of theatrical smoke, herbal and e-cigarettes, incense, haze, dynamic sound, strobe lighting and lighting blackouts.

  • Dates
    4 – 18 Nov
  • Location
    Playhouse, QPAC
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tues 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Ticket Pricing
    Adult
    from
    $81
    Senior
    from
    $74
    Concession
    from
    $69
    Youth - 30 & Under
    from
    $35
  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 13 Nov, 6.30pm

  • Duration
    2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Tuesday 14 Nov 6.30pm
    Audio Described Thursday 16 Nov 7.30pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 30 Oct, 6.00pm

  • Warning
    This play contains medium level, frequent coarse language, adult themes including drug and sexual references, depictions of violence, discrimination, grief and the aftermath of the war in Vietnam 1955-1975. It also contains the use of theatrical smoke, herbal ...

    This play contains medium level, frequent coarse language, adult themes including drug and sexual references, depictions of violence, discrimination, grief and the aftermath of the war in Vietnam 1955-1975. It also contains the use of theatrical smoke, herbal and e-cigarettes, incense, haze, dynamic sound, strobe lighting and lighting blackouts.

Creatives

Co-Director Daniel Evans
Co-Director Ngọc Phan
Designer Christina Smith
Associate Costume Designer Nathalie Ryner
Lighting Designer Bernie Tan-Hayes
Composer/Sound Designer Mike Willmett
Sound System Designer Michael Waters
Video Designer Nevin Howell
Choreography and Movement Kate Harman and Gavin Webber
Hip Hop Consultant Minh Nguyen

Stage Manager Yanni Dubler
Assistant Stage Manager Bridget O'Brien
SM Secondment
Leila Marsden, Bella Wilkinson

Contributing Artists

Cultural Safety Advisor Katrina Irawati Graham
Cultural Consultant Việt Trần
Fight and Intimacy Director NJ Price
Voice and Dialect Coach Gabrielle Rogers
Vocal Coach Luke Kennedy

Cast

Nhan/Khue Aljin Abella
Giai/Bobby/Captain Chambers/Redneck Biker/Hippie Dude/Asian Guy/American Guy Patrick Jhanur
Playwright Hieu Luong
Tong Kristie Nguy
Asian Girl/American Girl/Thu/Huong/Translator/Flower Girl Ngọc Phan
Quang Will Tran

Love story // VIETGONE

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Play Briefing // VIETGONE

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