Thursday 25 July 2024, 6:30—9pm
Event Information

Footscray Community Arts Centre is thrilled to invite you to a presentation of a new work by our commissioned playwright Vivian Nguyen — Werkaholics.

Werkaholics follows Lilian on her journey to stardom with her best friend and struggling actor, Jillian. Until she’s exposed for being a liar by cultural zeitgeist icon Unmoi, Lilian relies on manifestation and luck to overcome the cancel PR backlash. Or so we think.

Inspired by the rise and fall of influencers, scam artists, endless memes on Reddit, and the precarious nature of life on social media and capitalism, Werkaholics is an entertaining and dynamic work interrogating women’s relationship to money and liberation in the 21st century.

Ahead of the reading, we’re reaching out to invite you to save the date. With an artistic team aspiring to bring the life of the internet on stage, we’d love for you to have a glimpse into this high concept of bringing digital art and theatre together.

Creative Team
Playwright: Vivian Nguyen
Director: Nicole Pingon
Dramaturg: Zack Lewin
Digital Artist: Harrison Hall
Producer: Aamer Ahmed

Shirong Wu
Gemma Chua Tran

Date: Thursday 25 July 2024, 6:30—9 PM
Venue Remains Open: After 8:30 PM with refreshments for feedback and chats.
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Performance Space

We want to thank Mabel Li, Sydney Theatre Company, and Shopfront Arts Co-op for their support during the development of this work. Special thanks to the Malcolm Robertson Foundation for supporting this work.

We look forward to spending the evening with you to watch Werkaholics.



Date & Times

Thursday 25 July, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Performance Space
Meet the Artist
  • Vivian Nguyen, Playwright
    Vivian Nguyen, Playwright

    Vivian Nguyen, an Asian Australian multidisciplinary artist, has an extensive career both as a writer, actor, producer and artist including notable roles in major arts festivals and theatres.

    With for her dynamic story-telling, she is currently commissioned by Malthouse Theatre and Footscray Community Arts Centre. She was a recipient of Hot Desk Fellowship with The Wheeler Centre, will be featured in ‘Apple Cider Vinegar’ for Netflix and in Phoenix Raei’s upcoming feature ‘Rotten’.

    Despite her busy schedule, she finds joy in dance, music, satirical and scientific podcasts, yoga, cooking roast chickens, and catching up with friends, balancing her exhaustion with happiness and creativity.

  • Nicole Pingon, Director
    Nicole Pingon, Director

    Nicole Pingon (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker, and artist facilitator working across live performance, installation and digital mediums. Expanding across and between mediums, Nicole’s practice tends to be collaborative, curiosity-led, and process-driven, with a focus on new work.

    Recently, Nicole has worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, SBS Audio, Shopfront, Little Eggs Collective and Blush Opera on new works. Nicole is a member and collaborator of the Little Eggs Collective and Ninefold Ensemble, and a passionate teaching artist.

  • Shirong Wu, Actor
    Shirong Wu, Actor

    Shirong Wu is one of Australia’s most prolific young actors with multiple award-winning appearances across stage and screen.

    Shirong has appeared in a variety of stage plays such as A Fool for Love and White Pearl (awarded the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Ensemble) with the Sydney Theatre Company as well as Miss Peony, Cursed! With Belvoir Theatre, Things Hidden Since The Foundation Of The World with Javaad Alipoor Theatre Company, What Every Girl Should Know with Between the Buildings Theatre Company, I, Cockroach (Awarded Best Supporting Actress Award at Monash One Act Play Festival) with Hartwell Players, and Flagman with Dirty Pennies Theatre Project.

    Shirong also has numerous appearances on the screen from roles in feature films like Godzilla Vs Kong and A Pencil To The Jugular to web-series such as the AACTA nominated Appetite and Gardens Of Edinburgh and short films like Sweet Juices, What We’re Owed, Mother Tongue and You Can’t Make This Movie.

  • Gemma Chua Tran, Actor
    Gemma Chua Tran, Actor

    Gemma is currently starring in Netflix’s highly anticipated remake of Heartbreak High. They also recently made a Melbourne Theatre Company debut in Laurinda directed by Petra Kalive. Gemma began acting professionally at the age of fourteen, playing one of the lead characters, Anusha, in award winning television series Mustangs FC (ABC). Gemma additionally appears in Ladies in Black (ABC), Diary of an Uber Driver (ABC) and Back of the Net (Disney Channel). Amongst a number of short films, her performance in Clap received a nomination for Best Actor in a World Short at SOHO film festival in 2020.

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