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Amanda McRaven, Ng Jun Jie, Lokman Salikoon, Colleen Sullivan, Jiunn Wang

© 2023 by Victoria Chen

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Acting CV

Theatre CV

aladdin

"With the show’s terrific team of Perth dancers, a great time

is had by everyone."

—The Scotsman

Director: Lu Kemp

Dates: 9 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

Venue: Perth Theatre, Scotland

 

Mwahahahahahaaaa! Body-popping, break-dancing baddie Abanazer is going to win the panto! Can our heroes Aladdin and Jasmine stop him? Not without your help… Join us, and save the world with a foot-stamping, toe-tapping, fabulous Perth family panto! We're back on Perth Theatre's glorious restored main-stage for our first home-produced show of the season! Packed with songs, fun and laughter, panto returns to its rightful home in Perth's much-loved Christmas tradition.

Vic played Jasmine on 19 Dec, 3 & 6 Jan, and was part of the ensemble.

She understudied Aladdin, Jasmine and Wishy Washy.

Table

"Particular standouts include Victoria Chen... bringing

humour, warmth and levity to the otherwise hefty content."

—The Wee Review, review

Director: Guy Hollands

Dates: 7 June 2017

Venue: The Cockpit Theatre, London

 

Tanya Ronder’s thrilling play is an epic tale of belonging, identity and the things we pass on. Six generations, twenty-three characters and one very special piece of furniture. Constructed as an intriguing puzzle, we follow the shifting fortunes of the Best family on their travels around the world. A tour de force of assured storytelling encompassing one hundred years of a family and the table that is passed down from generation to generation.

Vic played Su-Lin and Jess.

fat kids are harder to kidnap

"Victoria showcased very neatly her adorable character... I would want to see her in other shows!"

—Just Watch Lah, review

Director: Melissa Sim

Company: How Drama

Dates: 26 – 27 May 2017

Venue: Feux De La Rampe

 

31 Plays In An Hour, You Decide The Order!

 

With the numbers of the plays yelled at random, Fat Kids Are Harder to Kidnap: 3D delighted audiences at the Singapore Arts Festival 2013 with 31 short and sweet quintessentially Singaporean sketches. The most absurd performance Vic has done to date, all plays featured aspects of local happenings, viral trends and pop culture, with the writers drawing inspiration from Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake.

 

The show received overwhelming response and had to open a last-minute matinee, and subsequently was invited to perform condensed versions in school and community centres around the country, before performing in 2014 at the Singapore Night Festival to overpacked houses every night.

Fat Kids will be touring to the Paris Fringe in May 2017 at the Feux De La Rampe.

charlie

"‘Charlie’ pushes the boundaries of theatre towards a completely unexpected direction and offers a

once in a lifetime experience."

—The Saint, review

Director: Stephen Redwood

Dates: 10 – 12 February 2017

Venue: Scottish Storytelling Centre

 

If your words were the only thing a little girl could hang on to in this maddening world, what would you say to her? This project was a one-on-one interactive piece between one actor and one audience member, for which Vic won the ESAF Best Performing Artist Award.

 

Conceived in response to the huge political changes in 2016, Vic takes on the persona of Charlie, who has spent the majority of her life in a room. Charlie has been brought up to believe that there is danger beyond her room, and that the world has made a sacrifice for her to remain safe in her room. She does not know what the danger is, for the professor never tells, but she knows the time is coming for her to meet the world.

Each performance will be personalised and last up to 15 minutes, and hopes to challenge the audience’s understanding of the world they live in through gentle introspection.

simon's magical christmas socks

"A piece of Christmassy silliness that will certainly be a sweet treat for the little ones!"

—PlaysToSee.com, review

Director: Andy McGregor

Dates: 8 – 31 December 2016

Venue: Circle Theatre Studio, Citizens Theatre

 

Simon is an ordinary boy who finds a special sock in Aldi one day. When he loses it and then discovers that without it Christmas is cancelled, he sets off on a fantastical adventure to find the sock and save Christmas for all!

Vic and 4 other emerging actors were selected to devise and perform this intimate, fun-filled show for 3 to 6-year-olds for a monthlong run in one of Glasgow's most renowned theatres. Apart from being Queen Socktopus (Simon's nemesis), a cheerleading sock and one of Santa's fairies, Vic also developed the script with the team and contributed to the overall design of the show.

the house of bernarda alba

"Vic was courageous... developed very good capacity

to hold a moment."

—Ros Philips, director

Director: Ros Philips

Dates: 1 –4 November 2016

Venue: Chandler Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

In a letter to an unknown recipient, Lorca once wrote, "in the Tower of the Alhambra, haven't you felt the urge to sail off?" The House of Bernarda was the first of an unfinished trilogy titled, The Fight for the Spanish Land, and its three acts are intended as a photographic document of a household torn apart by the oppression of desire: a microcosm of the impending Spanish Civil War.

With an all-female cast, Vic spent five weeks studying Spanish culture, history and politics and took basic stage combat, Commedia dell'arte and Flamenco lessons to embody the high style of the language. The production was a modern homage to surrealism and Lorca's expressive poetry.

Pericles

"O, come, be buried a

second time within these arms."

—Pericles, V.ii

Director: Thadd McQuade

Dates: 27 – 30 July 2016

Venue: The Masonic, Virginia

A fitting play for the Make Trouble Program, since Pericles is a play of reunion, and would commemorate the second time the Troublemakers ensemble worked together.

 

In a crazy mishmash of influences ranging from Peking Opera to pirate shanties to Turkish Zeybek Dance, this production was set in a steel scaffold that went beyond a whirlwind of adventure to provide a soft commentary on Europe's refugee crisis.

Vic played the titular role and had the privilege of having a piece of armour tailormade to her physique.

undress

"Expressive, technically good

and thought-provoking."

—Audience feedback

Director: Victoria Chen

Dates: 22 February 2016

Venue: RCS Studio

 

What do A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Madame Butterfly have in common? The enduring female and her hope in attaining everlasting true love. A Midsummer Night’s Dream commodifies love with a potion that achieves the same effect as the real sensation. Can love last without a drug? Set in 1940’s Shanghai in reference to the stereotype of the subjugated enduring female and the archetypal submissive Oriental beauty. Enter Hermia on the evening of her first wedding anniversary to Lysander.

Vic conceived this multimedia movement piece as a commemoration of Shakespeare's 400th death anniversary.

Watch the full performance here.

Henry the fifth

"We would not die in that man's company that fears his fellowship

to die with us."

—Henry V, IV.iii

Director: Colleen Sullivan

Company: Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford

Dates: 1 – 9 August 2015

Venue: The White House, Connecticut

 

Performed in repertory with Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford's version of Henry the Fifth involved a deconstruction of the humanity of war, moving away from epic battles into intimate relationships within and beyond the battlefield. Henry the Fifth drew attention to the glamorised idea of casual aggression and unsolicited conflict in contemporary society. Vic took on contrasting roles as Pistol, a soldier, and princess Katharine, her first ever French-speaking role. The process was mostly collaborative, with the cast developing choreography (and subsequently costume) inspired by the Rag & Bone Fall/ Winter 2015 collection. 

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