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Theatre  ·  France / Vietnam

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When director Caroline Guiela Nguyen's SAIGON premiered at Avignon Festival in 2017, the deeply moving family saga of exile and longing quickly became the hottest ticket at the world's largest theatre festival.

Staged in a restaurant, the story swings between Saigon in 1956, as French colonialists leave Vietnam, and Paris in 1996, when Vietnamese exiles started returning to their homeland. It is a searing and evocative portrait of lives uprooted and homes remade, with a cast of 11 characters whose paths trace lines across history and space.

Compared to Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love, SAIGON is both epic in scale and heart-rending in its intimacy – it is a rare work of universal theatre that speaks across cultures. Its young French-Vietnamese director spent two years gathering stories in Paris and Saigon to create this compelling drama, which has provoked audiences the world over into tearful standing ovations. Exclusive to Asia TOPA, you won’t want to miss this bittersweet tale of love, loss and reunion.

Download the SAIGON program


Performed in French and Vietnamese with English surtitles


  • Wheelchair access
  • Assistive hearing
  • Open captioned
  • Companion Card
Images by: Jean-Louis Fernandez

Creation in 2017 on La Comédie de Valence and at 71st Festival d’Avignon

With the financial support of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Conseil départemental de la Drôme, Institut français à Paris

With the kind support of Institut français du Vietnam, Université de Théâtre et de Cinéma de Hô Chi Minh-Ville and of La Chartreuse, Villeneuve lez Avignon – Centre national des écritures du spectacle The text is laureate to the Commission nationale d’aide à la création de textes dramatiques - ARTCENA

With the artistic participation from Jeune théâtre national.

Caroline Guiela Nguyen is a member of the artistic collective of La Comédie de Valence - CDN Drôme Ardèche and an associated artist for l’Odéon, théâtre de l’Europe, and for MC2: Grenoble.

Les Hommes Approximatifs are associated with La Comédie de Reims.

Les Hommes Approximatifs are contractually subsidized by Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (CERNI), by Région Auvergne–Rhône-Alpes and Ville de Valence. The company is subsidized by Conseil départemental de la Drôme.

The Institut Français is the official Partner of the international tours.

Supported by Ambassade de France en Australia
Supported By
  • The French Embassy

Cast & Credits


Dan Artus
Adeline Guillot
Maud Le Grevellec
Thi Truc Ly Huynh
Hoang Son Le
Phú Hau Nguyen
My Chau Nguyen Thi
Pierric Plathier
Thi Thanh Thu To
Anh Tran Nghia
Hiep Tran Nghia


Les Hommes Approximatifs
Executive Producer
La Comédie de Valence, CDN Drôme-Ardèche
Odéon, théâtre de l’Europe, MC2: Grenoble, Festival d’Avignon, CDN de Normandie –Rouen, Théâtre national de Strasbourg, Centre dramatique national de Tours – Théâtre, Olympia, Comédie de Reims-CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Centre européen théâtral et, chorégraphique, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène nationale de l’Oise, Théâtre de La Croix Rousse – Lyon
Caroline Guiela Nguyen with the whole artistic team
Caroline Guiela Nguyen
Artistic Collaboration
Claire Calvi
Set Design
Alice Duchange
Costume Design
Benjamin Moreau
Lighting Design
Jérémie Papin
Sound and music design
Antoine Richard
Teddy Gauliat-Pitois
Dramaturgy and surtitles
Jérémie Scheidler and Manon Worms
Dramaturgy trainee
Hugo Soubise
Duc Duy Nguyen and Thi Thanh Thu To
Light design assistant
Sébastien Lemarchand
Sound design assistant
Orane Duclos
Aude Bretagne, Dominique Fournier, Barbara Mornet, Frédérique Payot, Pascale Barré
Wigs and make-up
Christelle Paillard
Administration production
Juliette Kramer and Elsa Hummel-Zongo
Construction of the decor in the workshops of Odeon
théâtre de l’Europe