A brown-skinned trans woman with blonde-streaked hair and a red bindi, holding a microphone and standing in front of a wall covered in colourful vinyl records.

Illuminating, raw, honest and hopeful, How to Fail as a Popstar is Vivek’s debut theatrical work, chronicling her journey to “not quite” pop music superstardom. A reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointments and self-determination, this astonishing performance is a triumph in finding one’s authentic voice.

World premiere 18 February 2020 (through 1 March) at Berkeley Upstairs Theatre.

  • Written and performed by Vivek Shraya
  • Directed by Brendan Healy
  • Set design and costume design by Joanna Yu
  • Lighting design by CJ Astronomo
  • Music and sound design by James Bunton
  • Choreography by William Yong
  • Photography by Heather Saitz
  • A Canadian Stage production