From the utterly marvellous writer of Neighbourhood Watch and The Dog/The Cat comes a modern romance about wanderlust, love and karate. Lally Katz has spent the past decade turning her life into a series of hilarious and theatrically gorgeous plays. This time it’s her parents’ turn.

After nearly losing his mind in the abandon of 1960s America, young Danny (who happens to share a name with Lally’s father) finds his way again with the help of an enigmatic sensei. At a New Jersey karate dojo, he and other mislaid souls make their way back into the world, and Danny bumps into a woman called Lois… Meanwhile, in present-day Australia, Danny’s long-lost grandchild has decided to become Patti Smith…

Inspired by the true events that brought Dan and Lois Katz together, Back at the Dojo features a Hogarthian parade of characters, two real-life karate instructors and the incomparable Luke Mullins (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie) in a role written specially for him. Belvoir joins forces with legendary Melbourne company Stuck Pigs Squealing for this ravishing, nourishing story about the myths families live by.

A co-production with Stuck Pigs Squealing

Warning: This play contains a death, which may be distressing to some patrons. Please contact Box Office if you require further information. 


Fayssal Bazzi
Dara Clear

Catherine Davies
Harry Greenwood

Brian Lipson
Natsuko Mineghishi
Luke Mullins
Shari Sebbens


By Lally Katz
Director Chris Kohn
Set & Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Richard Vabre
Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
Dramaturgs Louise Gough, Anthea Williams
Karate Consultant Natsuko Mineghishi
Voice Coach Suzanne Heywood
Dialect Coach Jennifer White
Stage Manager Mel Dyer
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Producer – Stuck Pigs Squealing Nina Bonacci
Directorial Secondment Olivia Satchell
Guest Prop Maker – Alexi Creecy

Performance Times

Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 18 June
6.30pm, 19 June
8pm, 21 June

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 22 June

Unwaged performance
2pm, 14 July

Sunday Forum
3pm, 17 July

Approx 2 hrs 20 mins (including interval)


Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time.

Prices listed on the Ticket Prices page account for the majority of tickets but please contact Box Office for current prices on all tickets available. Full ticket terms and conditions are also available on the same page.



Performances are excellent throughout … The surprise package is performer and martial artist Natsuko Mineghishi … Her sensei is pure gravitas and her power and speed electrifies the room.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

It weaves a powerful spell and moved me to tears.

Jo Litson | Scene and Heard