How To Fail As A Popstar. A pop singer poses licking an icecream cone as if it were a microphone. She is dressed in an 80's style light pink fake crocodile leather jacket. She wears large neon diamond earrings and bright pink and yellow eyeshadow.
Theatre & Dance
Focus on Canada
UK & Ireland Premiere

Learn how to fail better with Vivek Shraya.

In How to Fail as a Popstar, the singer and writer tells us about her path to the margins of fame as a “not quite” major popstar with lots of humour and empathy. In a thrilling cabaret-style performance consisting of anecdotes, music, and choreography that straddles all genres, Shraya takes us on a journey through her rise in showbiz, beginning with singing Hindu bhajans and R&B covers when she was young at competitions for teenagers, to moving cities, all the way to her first album.

Bittersweet and yet triumphant, How to Fail as a Popstar is a wise and ultimately redeeming pop odyssey; a reflection on the power of pop culture, dreams, disappointment, and self determination and a celebration of her own authentic voice.

Part of BIAF’s 2022 focus on artists from Canada #PopStarPlay

Note: Sales will close on our Box Office at 4pm daily for that day’s performance. Limited tickets available at The MAC.

Find out more about Vivek with this Q&A interview here


  • Written and Performed by Vivek Shraya
  • Directed by Brendan Healy
  • Assistant Director (Rodeo) Clare Preuss
  • Choreographed by William Yong
  • Set and Costume Designer Joanna Yu
  • Original Lighting Designer CJ Astronomo
  • Tour Lighting Designer/ Operator Imogen Wilson
  • Music Composition and Sound Design James Bunton
  • Manager of Touring Chris Reynolds
  • Stage Manager/ Technical Director/ Sound Operator Adrien Whan


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A moving tale that any person who’s struggled to achieve their dreams can easily relate to...

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