Maria Tran has always been a fighter. Growing up on a steady diet of eighties action movies and martial arts, Maria followed in the footsteps of her idols Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothroc to become one of Asia’s leading action film stars. But, back in her home country of Australia, she faces a very different fight.

Filled with world-class stunts, weapon-wielding and explosive choreography, Maria’s jaw-dropping fighting skills leap from screen to the stage in this live action solo performance. Directed with nuance and wit by Karen Therese, Maria’s compelling story pulls back the layers of Western culture to battle ideas of gender stereotypes, identity, politics and racism in one woman’s journey to be recognised in a world of staggering opposition.

Prepare for combat in this blockbuster story of struggle, adversity and kung fu.

Performer/Co-Devisor Maria Tran
Co-Performer/Co-Devisor Therese Chen
Director and Script Development Karen Therese
Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Co-Choreographer Lisa Griffiths
Sound Design James Brown and Jack Prest
Video and Stage Design Zanny Begg
Lighting Design Karen Norris
Associate Artist Takashi Hara
Dramaturg Kate Armstrong-Smith
Project Assistant May Tran
Producer PYT Fairfield and Carl Sciberras

ACTION STAR is proudly supported by the Australian Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

ACTION STAR is being presented as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival.

Image credit: Anna Kucera