Choose your own colour. Listen to it speak!

Talon Salon is a site-specific audio theatre work about Vietnamese-run nail salons in Australia, originally presented within a salon as part of the Next Wave Festival 2012 and re-mounted for festivals in 2013. Immerse your mind in one of four fictional audio pieces while you receive the nail treatment of your choice. Glimpse into the nail salon universe – workers, owners, customers, daughters, husbands and passers by.

Listen. Watch. Chat.


The Chair broadcast on Radio National’s Radio Tonic program.

Season 2013

Darwin Festival

Venue: Beautiful Nails, Casuarina Mall, Darwin & Beautiful Nails, Mitchell Street, Darwin
Dates: August 2013
Time: See Darwin Festival website
Duration: Approximately one hour
Ticket prices: See Darwin Festival website
Bookings: Preferred


You Are Here Festival

Venue: Gentle Nails, Shop 17, Garema Place, 70 Bunda Street, Canberra
Dates: Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Sunday 24 March 2013
Time: Bookings within business hours, between 1pm-6pm Wednesday and Thursday, 1-9pm Friday and 10am-3pm Sunday. You can book in for up to four bookings per half hour
Duration: Approximately one hour
Ticket prices: Free to listen + cost of the nail treatment
Bookings: Preferred. Call Gentle Nails on 6230 4857 or drop by during the listed event hours.


Review from Scissors Paper Pen

Review from BMA

Watch You Are Here’s festival video for Talon Salon.

Talon Salon from You Are Here on Vimeo.

Season 2012

Next Wave

Venue: Paradise Nails, 230 Swan Street, Richmond
Dates: Sunday 20 – Sunday 27 May 2012 (no performance Saturday 26 May)
Time: Bookings within business hours, between 10am-4pm. You can book in for two bookings per half hour.
Duration: Approximately one hour
Ticket prices: Listen + Manicure, $30; Listen + Pedicure, $45 (+$2.50 booking fee)
Bookings: Essential, www.nextwave.org.au

Review of Talon Salon on the Right Now website

Article about Talon Salon from threethousand

Watch Next Wave’s video about Talon Salon. Video and audio from our September 2011 showing. With artists Michele Lee (project concept, text), Petra Kalive (voice), Brendan O’Connell (director for the showing), Alan Nguyen (sound design).

Kickstart Profile #2: Talon Salon from Next Wave on Vimeo.

More stuff

Slideshare: Clare McCracken designed the images in this, Pia Johnson took the photos. The sound is by Alan Nguyen, directed by Tanya Dickson. You’ll hear Ferdinand Hoang, Roddy Cairns, Tom Dent, Keith Brockett and Mark Tregonning.

Video: A video for the Next Wave Festival season 2012, edited by Sarah Walker, photos by Pia Johnson. The sound is by Alan Nguyen, directed by Tanya Dickson. You’ll hear various actors.

Talon Salon from Michele Lee on Vimeo.