Photo credits: Shawna Chia, Chong Lii, Ken Dundas, Yu Tong Lai, Kejia Lu,

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

© 2023 by Victoria Chen

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Acting CV

Theatre CV

eat duck

Director: Claire Wong

Company: Checkpoint Theatre

Dates: 28 August – 8 September 2019

Venue: SOTA Studio Theatre

After Grandma's passing, her extended family holds a seven-day wake at the void deck. Clashing siblings, long-suffering in-laws, and estranged sons come together to hurt and to heal when their world is upended. Each must learn to say goodbye while struggling to hold on to those left behind.

 

Playwright Zenda Tan delivers a beautiful and incisive portrayal of family dynamics fraught with grief and past grievances. As they navigate unfamiliar rites and funeral rituals, they discover that food, offerings, and joss paper have become the currency of their love.

 

Directed with flair and nuance by Claire Wong, this astute and unflinching portrait of a family in mourning hits close to home with its questions on how we honour our dead and pay our final respects. Eat Duck lays bare everyday realities while offering extraordinary insights into the nature of love and loss, helping us all to answer what it truly means to be kin.

US

"A visual treat and a very delightful performance incorporating catchy songs, comic monologues and sensory fun!"

—TickiKids, review

Director: Daniel Jenkins

Company: Esplanade PLAYtime!

Dates: 10 – 25 August 2019

Venue: Esplanade Studio

 

Making friends, falling out, and making up again.

Side by side, two by two, Giggle, joke, play, and chatter. But what happens when two becomes three? Can two best friends make room for another?

 

Peek into the lives of two best friends as their world is turned upside down when another friend wants to play too. Through movement, music and fun, join Us as we explore loneliness, understanding, empathy and love. Discover the importance of friends and how simple acts of kindness can change the world.

Fair play

Director: Thomas Lim

Company: W!ld Rice

Dates: 17 – 24 October 2019

Venue: Funan Theatre

 

Moments before they make their entrance into our world, Boy and Girl are each assigned scripts by a Playwright. And as they rehearse for the lives that they will lead, they begin questioning the roles that they have been given. Why are women and men expected to behave in certain ways? How did the world come to be such an unequal place for women and men? Can there be a different way of raising future generations?

 

This challenging and insightful new comedy by Thomas Lim introduces young people to the shared experience of theatre and encourages them to engage with a play’s themes and think about how the issues raised relate to everyday life and the world we live in.

Smartypants and the swordfish

Director: Samantha Scott-Blackhall

Company: Gateway Theatre

Dates: 10 – 24 July 2019

Venue: Gateway Theatre

 

Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay, SmartyPants and the Swordfish revolves around a young kampong boy who unexpectedly saves the kingdom from a violent swordfish attack. As a group of students explore the circumstances leading to the boy's death at the hands of the jealous King Raja, they discover that there are many ways one can dissect and reimagine a story. Along the way, they also learn about bullying and how one can deal with it! Through a unique interactive theatre staging, our young audiences will be immersed in the story playing swordfishes, the sultan's advisors and the villagers of Redhill.

THE TRANSITION ROOM

"Victoria Chen and Jazmine Monaz are a double-threat, shifting effortlessly between their foil roles and unguarded millennial asides..."

—Bakchormee Boy, review

Director: Stanley Seah

Company: Toy Factory Productions

Dates: 21 February – 2 March 2019

Venue: Drama Centre Black Box

The Transition Room explores the fundamental questions that have bugged humanity since the dawn of time. Utilizing absurdist elements and pushing the boundaries of theatre’s conventional rules, this show takes the audience on a journey towards the great unknown with fevered bravery.

 

Mike finds himself in a room surrounded by other people who are not him. He could be waiting to see his dentist, or he could be waiting to renew his passport. Mike could be anywhere, but the only thing that he’s certain of is that he’s not sure where he is. Does Mike end up in another room? Are there several other rooms? Could he stay in the same room for the next hour?

a dream under the southern bough: reverie

"By playing to their natural strengths in ensemble work, 'Reverie' is quint-essentially one of their strongest work in recent years.."

—Bakchormee Boy, review

Director: Goh Boon Teck

Company: Toy Factory Productions

Dates: 31 May – 2 June 2019

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre

The dream world is an often-explored motif in the greatest works of Ming playwright Tang Xianzu, including A Dream Under the Southern Bough. Bringing Tang’s lyrical play to the modern stage, Toy Factory presents the highly-anticipated second part of this tale in A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Reverie, as disgraced naval officer Chun Yu Fen falls asleep and is thrust into the Ant Kingdom. Chun finds himself in a situation beyond his wildest dreams, now betrothed to the Kingdom’s princess and the newly appointed governor of the Southern Bough. It appears to be a time for revelry – but trouble is brewing and inching ever closer.

 

Reverie marked Vic's first professional Mandarin production, playing a palace maiden, warrior ant and working in shadow puppetry as a Pangolin for the show.

Charlie

"Nice to have carved a little safe space to have a conversation that went nowhere."

—Arts Republic, review

Director: Stephen Redwood

Company: Bhumi Collective

Dates: 20 November –– 7 December 2018

Venue: Goodman Arts 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.

Fat Kids x

"Almost certainly the perfectly Singaporean fringe show..."

—Bakchormee Boy, review

Director: Melissa Sim

Company: How Drama

Dates: 9 – 11 November 2018

Venue: Annexe Studio, The Esplanade

 

It's the 10th anniversary of Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap and we're celebrating by bringing back some of our greatest hits as well as all new plays inspired by Trump, Kim, Trump-Kim and more. As always, we try our best to fit 31 plays in an hour, but you decide the order!

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