Thursday, 04 June 2015 22:04

Dramatic Chicken Wings

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In February 1983, theatre bad-boy Tennessee Williams choked to death by inhaling the plastic cap of a nasal spray dispenser. He’d been in a seedy Manhattan hotel, and his gag-reflex was impaired by drink and drugs. To those who had long looked disapprovingly at this ‘laureate of lost souls’, it must have seemed like some form of poetic justice.


32 years and a few months later, no-one’s choked on so much as a chicken wing after two nights of Dragonfly Theatre Company’s dinner theatre-style performances of his work in Ho Chi Minh City. That’s not to say the level of dramaturgy hasn’t been conducive to a bit of the old poultry inhalation, it’s just that well, it’s been going well.


“We’re on a massive high”, says actor/producer Belinda Smith. “There were a few organisational changes to be made after opening night but we’ve smoothed things out now. The second night had a huge buzz to it.”

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How is the food?


“Superb. The only complaint I’ve heard is that there’s been so much!”


“The Boat House have excelled themselves,” adds Ryan Burkwood, acting in his last run of shows for Dragonfly before returning to the UK. 


“I have to confess that when I saw everyone sitting down and eating on opening night I got a little emotional,” says Belinda. 


“When you have a dream and then work for months to get it to reality and then the reality exceeds the original dream... yeah... I welled up a bit.”

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Have the audiences been responding as expected?


“From the patrons I've spoken to, they have,” says Ryan.


“People seem to be in awe of the breadth and depth of Tennessee Williams’ work. Even in his very early and very late short plays, the genius is still very obvious.”


Can we still get a ticket guys?


“YES! You can still get a ‘theatre only’ ticket at the door for VND450,000. Doors open at 6pm and the first show is at 7pm!”


‘An Evening with Tennesee Williams’ is being performed between June 3 to June 6 at Cargo Bar — 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4, Ho Chi Minh City. For more info, go to

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