The date is 9 November 2016 and Donald Trump has just been elected president of the United States. On this day, four Western Sydney hood-rats clash in a string of violence, substance abuse and sexual encounters.
Experienced as an immersive, multi-screen four-part monologue installation Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls is an oral storytelling experience from the heartland of multicultural Australia, a four-part monologue that weaves together a portrait of young people of colour (POC) growing up in the Western suburbs of Sydney.
Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls resonates with an astute sense of place, connection and shared experiences of so many who are traversing the tensions and challenges of mixed cultural mores and behaviours with empathy, humour and uncompromising clarity of truth.
Audiences will experience the work across four screens, from the comfort of a socially-distanced chair while enjoying a complimentary Bánh mì.
Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls has been created by a team of extraordinary artists and technicians, all of whom are from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, infusing the work with depth and authenticity.
Written by Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Shirley Le and Omar Sakr, with script editing and dramaturgical support from acclaimed author Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls has been crafted for the screen by Helpmann Award winner S.Shakthidharan and performers Hazem Shammas, Emily Havea, Aileen Huynh and Henry Vo.
Date: Wednesday 20 January – Saturday 23 January 2021, 7:00pm and 9:00pm (new shows released Friday 22 5pm, Saturday 23 at 2:30pm and 5:15pm)
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres
Cost: $30 full price, $25 concession
Access: Open Captions screening on Thursday January 21, at 9pm.
Tickets: Buy here
Sydney Morning Herald – Counting and Cracking writer steps up for next project by Linda Morris
ABC Arts – Sex, Drugs and Pork Rolls: Sydney Festival show the fruit of eight-year mission to make '100 per cent POC' theatre by Lee Tran Lam
ABC Radio Sydney – Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls writers Shirley Le and Omar Sakr on RN Breakfast with Sally Sara
SBS Life – The diverse cast and crew telling bold stories from Western Sydney by Sarah Malik
2SER Radio – Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls interview with writer Shirley Le, joined by host Stef Posthuma
Timeout – Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls by Divya Venkataraman
Australian Arts Review – Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls
Writers: Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Shirley Le and Omar Sakr
Script Editor: Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Cinematographer & Film Editor: Akil Ahamat
Lead Performers: Emily Havea, Aileen Huynh, Hazem Shammas and Henry Vo
Performers: Mert Altunsoy, Alissar Chidiac, Taofia Pelesasa and Susan Young
Creative Producer: Frank Mainoo
Production Manager: Takashi Hara
Costume/ Make-up Artist: Nancy Trieu
Composer: Aimée Falzon
Sound Mixer: Mayu Ganeshan
Sound recordist: Paul Pham
Lighting Assistant: Adrian Castro