Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls

20 January —
23 January 2021
Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Shirley Le and Omar Sakr
Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls

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.

Further Information

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.

Event Details

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

Download the program here

Media Coverage

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

Creative Team

Writers: Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Shirley Le and Omar Sakr

Director: S.Shakthidharan

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

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Image Credit

Nancy Trieu