Film Still. Video by Zanny Begg
Image: Katy Green Loughrey
Film Still. Video by Zanny Begg


PYT Fairfield

Award-winning performance company PYT Fairfield presents its major new work in development ACTION STAR.

Fusing martial arts, storytelling, dance and film, ACTION STAR is a solo dance-theatre performance that details the life and work of celebrated artist and international action movie star, Maria Tran.

ACTION STAR undertook a creative development in September-October 2019, and is planned for final development and premiere in mid-2020.


Maria Tran is known for developing the female martial arts action film genre in Australia, via the Asian diaspora communities of Western Sydney. Maria’s work is pivotal to the creative development of the Australian Vietnamese film movement that challenges gender stereotypes and the exploration of ‘female action’.

PYT has a reputation as a brave and transformative theatre company who make urgent work that explores the critical issues of our times. We challenge the conventions of traditional theatre, by creating innovative performance and social artistic experiences in theatre spaces and across diverse urban sites of Fairfield, Western Sydney and beyond, with a key focus on cultural diversity.

Recent works include: PLAYLIST (2018-19), nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Visual/ Dance Theatre, presented at PYT Fairfield, Sydney Opera House for Festival UnWrapped and will tour nationally in 2020. TRIBUNAL (2017) presented at PYT Fairfield, Griffin Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, ArtsHouse Melbourne, Sydney Opera House and CarriageWorks for the 2018 Sydney Festival. The highly acclaimed JUMP FIRST, ASK LATER (2016) winner of a Helpmann Award and Australian Dance Theatre Award and presented at the Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Festival Centre and toured nationally in 2019.