A Practical Guide to Self Defence

By Hung-Yen Yang

20 — 29 Oct 2022

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Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Merrigong Theatre Company present
World Premiere

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

Thursday 20 October 2022 at 8pm (Preview)
Friday 21 October 2022 at 8pm (Preview)
Saturday 22 October 2022 at 8pm (Opening Night)

Tuesday 25 October 2022 at 11am
Wednesday 26 October 2022 at 11am
Thursday 27 October 2022 at 8pm
Friday 28 October 2022 at 8pm
Saturday 29 October 2022 at 2pm
Saturday 29 October 2022 at 8pm


PlaywrightHung-Yen Yang (Yen)
DirectorDom Mercer
Production and Set DesignerKelsey Lee
Composer and Sound DesignerZac Saric
Lighting & Video DesignerMorgan Moroney
Stage ManagerAdrienne Patterson
Assistant DirectorBrooke Lee
CastAlan Zhu and Edric Hong