VIVID is a play about Khanh (Chi Nguyen) a Vietnamese girl with schizophrenia who sees the ghost of her grandmother, Ba (Moni Lai Storz). Together with Khoi (Jamie Vu), her boyfriend, and her Psychiatric Nurse, Craig (Joshua Monaghan), she explores the greater meanings behind her life and those around her from Melbourne to the Marble Mountains in Vietnam.
Hoa Pham is an author, playwright and psychologist. Her play “Silence” about three generations of Vietnamese women was on the VCE Drama list in 2010. Her novella “Wave” has been translated into Vietnamese, and “The Other Shore” won the Vive La Novella prize.
Describing VIVID, Pham writes: ‘It’s about staying sane in an insane world’.
Tuesday 21 November, 7:30pm
Wednesday 22 November, 7:30pm
Thursday 23 November, 7:30pm
Friday 24 November, 7:30pm
Saturday 25 November, 7:30pm
COST $22 full / $18 concession and preview show
Please note that all performances will be in English.
Cast and Crew
Hoa Pham (Playwright)
Hoa Pham is an author, playwright and psychologist. Her play Silence was on the VCE Drama list in 2010. Her novella Wave has been translated into Vietnamese, and The Other Shore won the Viva La Novella prize. More information can be found at www.hoapham.net.
Wolf Heidecker (Director)
In 1997 director Wolf Heidecker came to Australia with more than twenty-five years of experience as artistic director, admin and PR-officer, tour manager and chief executive officer/general manager with several German opera and theatre companies. These include State Theatre Nuremberg, Wuerttemberg County Theatre Esslingen, Bosch-Theatre Stuttgart, State Theatre Stuttgart, Theatre Oberhausen, Osnabrueck Theatre Pty Ltd.
Wolf is a trained performing artist/director and business economist. He worked as a orchestra manager in Brisbane and director of business and marketing for Australia’s renowned Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Albury-Wodonga. He later moved to Werribee where he was manager of the Wyndham Cultural Centre. Today he manages his company Wolf Heidecker Arts Management and volunteers as manager for not-for-profit organisations such as Many Moons Group Inc, You Yi Zhi Qiao – Crossing The Bridge Inc, CAA-Wyndham Community Arts Alliance Inc/Wyndham Art Works. He also directs and produces with Larrikin Ensemble Theatre.
Current projects produced and/or directed by Wolf are The Bard Bites Back,The Man They Call The Banjo – Waltzing Matilda The Musical, Boy Out Of The Country and Foxholes of the Mind. Wolf also facilitated the production of Australian playwright R. Jones’ Black Box 149 for the 2016/17 season at the State Theatre Nuremberg/Germany.
Chi Nguyen (Khanh)
Chi Nguyen is a performing artist from Vietnam. In 2013, Chi was the recipient of the Arts Achievement Commendation Award granted by The Victorian International School Student Awards Program. Currently based in Melbourne, Chi’s credits at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) include Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children, Jackie in The Boys, Masha in The Three Sisters and Ismene in Antigone. Chi also performed at La Mama Explorations 2016 as Tam in Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors in War with The Shift Theatre.
In early 2017, Chi performed in Pichet Klunchun’s Dancing with Death as part of AsiaTOPA festival and collaborated with The Butterfly Foundation for their Virtual Reality film Iridescent as a voice-over artist. Chi’s most recent project was OCCUPIED, a theatre experience in partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017 in which she was both a deviser and performer.
Chi Nguyen was the recipient of the Grace Marion Wilson Scholarship for excellence in acting at the VCA. Chi is moreover a vocalist, pianist and the winner of LAVISA Singing Competition 2015.
Moni Lai Storz (Ba)
Moni Lai Storz is a sociologist by training, a cross-cultural/diversity consultant by necessity, and a storyteller and a theatre maker out of love. Her passion for the theatre developed early in primary school back in British Malaya. She has acted since then – giving many corporate performances using accelerated learning which draws from the theatre for its effectiveness. Moni’s mission is to build cultural bridges amongst diverse groups. Moni is the founder of the Australasian Centre of Chinese Studies (ACCS) and the Australasian Chinese Theatre/Film company (ACT). She is also the ACT’s artistic director. Moni recently founded the Langkawi Performing Artists in Malaysia and devised their inaugural production.
Moni’s published writings include Mind Body Power – the Self Help Book in Accelerated Learning, Dancing with Dragons: Chopsticks People Revealed for Global Business, Notes to My Sisters, Heaven Has Eyes, Yin Yang of Loving and Our Man in Beijing.
Jamie Vu (Khoi)
Jamie Vu is a 25 years old Vietnamese-Australian actor with two years experience in television commercials and theatre. He was featured in The Chair and the Choice showcased at Armagh Centre for Initiatives of Change in 2016.
He completed a beginner course of acting at Brave Studios this year hoping to get into more lead roles in film and television.
Joshua Monaghan (Craig)
Joshua Monaghan is an actor and theatre maker who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) in 2015. Having trained for fourteen years in dance and singing, Joshua is an adaptable artist with a knowledge and interest in all areas of performance. In 2014, Joshua was selected to perform at the 20th Performance Studies International Conference at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and was awarded the Pratt Bursary the same year. Joshua’s recent performances credits include VCA’s production of Cloudstreet directed by Julian Fuentes Reta, Committee written and directed by Cameron Sievers as part of the 2016 Fringe Festival, Neighbours in 2016 and 2017 and will feature in the upcoming production of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical directed by James Cutler at Chapel Off Chapel in 2018.
Richard Lyford-Pike (LX/Sound Designer, Production Head-Tech)
Richard is a trained musician and professional sound and lighting engineer, with a university background in textiles, interior design and film. He is well experienced in the live and touring scene having been involved with performances on stage for over twenty years and involved with independent live theatre itself for seven years; locally, interstate and on overseas tours. While working in his field, Richard has assisted with set design, pre-production and back stage cues. Recent theatre works have been One Night in Bielefeld (2017), Foxholes of the Mind (2017),The Bard Bites Back (2016), Boy Out of the Country (2015), Muffins at the Death Café (2015), Winter warming (2014), Search for Xiao Li’s Head (2014), Hyper Reality (2013), Wife’s Revenge (2014), Heart Thy Neighbour (2014), Dive (2013) and Our Man in Beijing (2013).
Lana Nguyen (Stage Manager)
Lana is an artist whose practice currently centres on exploring the idea of home in Australia. Coming from a half-Vietnamese refugee, half colonial-Australian background, she is interested in looking at the contestations in the history of this land, its borders and its margins.
Presented as part of FCAC’s Call to Create program.
1 – Image courtesy of FCAC.