A Practical Guide to Self-defence

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 20 October - 29 October 2022
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Merrigong Theatre Company Co-Production
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.

Please Note
*Please apply for the Education Ticket Subsidy via the Online School Subsidy booking link. Your subsidy request is dependent on your schools ICSEA score.

If you are unwell, please stay at home. Please review our Patron Safety & Entry Guidelines  before you visit us at Riverside.

Riverside Theatres requires anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated unless lawfully exempt.

Masks are mandatory – please bring and wear a mask. Patrons aged 12 and over attending performances are required to wear a mask in all indoor settings.

QR code check-in – all patrons and their guests must check-in upon entry.

Riverside Theatres is operating at 100% capacity across all our seated venues, with no physical distancing between seats.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for keeping our community safe.


Image credit: Paul Henderson

(Stages 5 – 6)

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: A Practical Guide to Self Defence Curriculum Links Full

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free for every 20 students booked.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 02 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
Download our Risk Assessment 
Take a look at our Patron Safety Information and Download our Covid Safe Plan 

Information about Access at Riverside

Explore more Riverside shows

Double Beat explores the aural and physical responses the heart and pulse present in differing emotional and physical states, represented through contemporary dance.
Returning to Riverside for its 4th year and featuring a curated program of local and iconic speakers from around Sydney, Queerstories brings the community together in a night of celebration.

Authorised Ticket Sellers

    Riverside Theatres

Do not buy tickets from unauthorised ticket sellers
Terms and Conditions

Dates and Times:

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 (Schools Performance)
Wednesday 26 October 2022 at 11am (Schools Performance)
Thursday 27 October 2022 at 8pm
Friday 28 October 2022 at 8pm
Saturday 29 October 2022 at 2pm
Saturday 29 October 2022 at 8pm

Ticket Prices

Concession $35
16 & Under $33
Preview Performance $33
Concession $45
16 & Under $42
Groups 8+ $44
Preview Performance $39
Schools Ticket Subsidy Students/Teachers* $10

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.95
Web $4.95
Counter $4.95
Buy tickets

Get treated like the VIP you are

Visit often and want to save on tickets and more?
Check out our Riverside Theatres Membership

Be the first to know what's on

Want to receive news and special offers from Riverside Theatre? Join our mailing list