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A Practical Guide to Self Defence

9 - 12 Nov

A marvelous mashup of martial arts, storytelling and illustration in a deeply personal tale.

By Hung-Yen Yang

A Practical Guide to Self Defence is a witty and action-packed account of growing up Asian in ‘80s Australia. Part play, part instructional guide, it is sprinkled with practical demonstrations, like how to trip and how to fall as we hurtle towards our existential contradiction–defeating the beast within.

Wollongong-born Australian-Chinese playwright Hung-Yen Yang deftly blends creative storytelling, martial arts and multimedia, as he takes us on a time-travelling journey with his younger self to witness his unlikely transformation from pacifist, asthmatic geek to brutal fighting machine.

Starring three-time Australian Champion Martial Artist and host of SBS PopAsia Andy Trieu, this modern, funny and deeply relatable play examines the tension between good and evil that exists within us all.

A practical tip: beware the enemy within!”


Book this show as part of a Merrigong Season Ticket
You can include this show as part of a 2022 Season Ticket. Choose 5 shows from only $290 and you’ll also get a range of extra perks, like free ticket exchanges and discounts at The Social café & bar. Read more and book here.

Cast and Creatives

Cast includes Andy Trieu
Photo by Paul Henderson-Kelly

Pre-show Dining Packages

$28 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $28pp. Our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature warm table bread, a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly and include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option. Open weekdays and showtime.

Table bookings are required. 02 4224 5932

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We are operating in accordance with NSW Health rules and guidelines for entertainment venues. When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well and prepared to stick to the safety practices of our venues. Face masks, digital check-ins and proof of vaccination are currently mandatory for all visitors. (This also includes everyone working on site.) For detailed information and FAQs, please click here.


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