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Sweet & Sour Dilemmas

BY Brendan Wan | 12-Aug-2019
In this hilarious heartfelt one-act comedy, Chef Chung is the owner and head chef of the Happy Dragon Chinese Restaurant. It was only a few years ago that Chef Chung emigrated to Australia with all of his life savings and a bag full of hopes and dreams to find a better life for himself. However, the reality has not met his expectations and he now faces an important decision - should he stay and endure the hardships as an immigrant or go back to where he came from? #melbfringe @mrbrendanwan @melbfringe
Venue: Fringe Hub - Trades Hall: Evatt Room
Address: 2 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
Date: Sept 12 - Sept 20
Time: 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Ticket: Full - $20 / Concession - $15 / Group (6+) - $17.50
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Sweet and Sour Dilemmas
Photo by Tim Knight.
It’s a familiar story: Asian migrant leaves with $5 in his pocket for a better life in Australia. Or, if we want to be strictly precise, affluent Indonesian-Chinese migrant leaves his mother country because he’s swept by the romance of living the charming Australian life of quality coffee, orderly traffic and cigars in the sun, only to learn the brutal reality of migrant life, which has resulted in comedy-drama production, Sweet and Sour Dilemmas.

Brendan Wan is an incredible new talent on the Melbourne comedy scene, and it’s easy to see why Sweet and Sour Dilemmas is tipped to receive excellent critical reception. Audiences will quickly forget they’re assembled in a traditional theatre in Carlton as they enter ‘Chef Chung’s’ bustling Chinese kitchen.

Through storytelling and the delicate preparation of dumplings on stage, Wan delivers the unspoken story of a well-to-do migrant man leaving behind a life of wealth and comfort for Australia but quickly realising the challenges of reluctantly accepting lousy ‘migrant’ jobs, losing status and dealing with everyday racism.

“The narrative of migrants who had it all and then losing it when they arrive in Australia is untold, and it’s my Dad’s story. There are many migrants who don’t always see living in the ‘first-world’ of Australia as a step-up compared to their previous lives.”

“Audiences will learn, laugh and for the many migrant children who personally connect with Sweet and Sour Dilemmas, this is for you,” says Wan.