A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SELF-DEFENCE
By Hung-Yen Yang
Message to my future self. A poignant perspective on “how to defeat the beast within”.
This step-by-step guide mashes up martial arts, storytelling and digital animations, with a contemporary perspective of growing up Asian in an 80’s Australia.
Playwright Hung-Yen Yang (Yen) examines the tension between good and evil that exists within us all via -deprecating comedy, some slapstick humour interspersed with practical tips such as why it’s usually not a good idea to turn your back on an enemy. An exploration of how everyday racism over the decades shapes decisions both good and bad.
Recommended ages 14+
Contains simulated violence, adult themes, coarse language, racial slurs
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“If you are looking for a relatable story about the Chinese Australian story, find no more. A Practical Guide To Self Defence is a must-see multimedia action-packed two-hander comedy that discusses everyday racism and identity from a vulnerable place.” – Theatre Travels
“A Practical Guide to Self Defence is another piece of theatre that realises NTofP’s aim to produce work that “reflects the diversity of Australia today through contemporary and bold performances”. The play does all of that. It’s autobiographical and reflects the experience of many kids growing up in Australia’s multicultural society. It’s very contemporary, and it’s certainly bold. How often do you see martial arts in Sydney theatres? It’s also very funny!” Carol Wimmer Stage Whispers
‘A Practical Guide to Self Defence’ — a hilarious, touching, and nuanced look into the Asian-Australian experience
Yang writes with such natural authenticity, it is difficult to believe this is his first play — adopting a hybrid format many of us have likely never seen before in theatre.
‘A Practical Guide to Self Defence’ — a hilarious, touching, and nuanced look into the Asian-Australian experience – Honi Soit