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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

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