A touching tale of two Vietnam War refugees making a home in America has landed at QPAC
Queensland Theatre has brought a bucketful of laughs, shrieks, joy and hope to Brisbane in 2023. For the final time this year, the red carpet is bring rolled out for a season finale production that promises to take audiences on a wild journey of romance and struggle. The Australian premiere of Vietgone is taking over QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre from November 4–18, and we suggest you bring some tissues as this spectacular show will make you laugh, cry, feel inspired and maybe even think a little differently.
Vietgone follows the story of two refugees, Quang and Tong, who find themselves in a new and fairly strange country after escaping the Vietnam War. They are thrown together in an Arkansas arrival camp where they must learn how to navigate a bewildering land of rednecks, bikers, hippies and cowboys. Despite Tong wanting to make a fresh start and Quang longing to return home, the pair are unable to ignore the spark that begins to grow between them.
Based on a book written by Qui Nguyen, Vietgone is inspired by the lives of Qui’s parents and their immigration journey. Directed by award-winning writer and director Daniel Evans and renowned actor and playwright Ngọc Phan, this one-of-a-kind production is a genre-bending, pulp fiction-style take on a love story told through powerful storytelling with a side of humour and a little hip hop. “Vietgone is ultimately an adventure for the audience while taking them through the experiences so many families battle in their fight for freedom, and it’s a perspective I’m so proud to deliver. It really is an honour to share this complex, beautiful story,” says Ngọc.
Queensland Theatre’s 2023 season finale production is playing now at QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre, for more information and tickets head to the Queensland Theatre website.