New Plays: Japan
Join us for a series of staged readings, bringing brand new plays from three of the most exciting new voices in Japanese theatre to the Royal Court.
Adventurous in form, politically challenging and full of surprise, each play will be staged in translation as a script-in-hand performance.
The series presents a selection of the work developed as part of a writers group run by the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Royal Court, working with writers and artists from both theatres. The International Programme at the Royal Court builds and develops the theatre’s relationships with writers and artists from around the world, forming long term partnerships with theatre makers and organisations from different traditions, working in different languages and cultural contexts.
Not Yet Midnight (真夜中とよぶにはまだはやい)
by Tomoko Kotaka, translated by Sayuri Suzuki
A night time power cut opens up moments of pause across one city. Three office workers are interrupted with their hands in the till. In a playground, a young couple begins to unravel. And a shop clerk tries and fails to move her last customer on.
Onigorou Valley (その先、鬼五郎渓谷につき、)
by Saori Chiba, translated by Susan Momoko Hingley
When two decontamination workers take a drive up into the hills above Fukushima, they enter an uneasy world governed by legend and forces beyond the human. A supernatural folk horror set in the deep woods of Onigorou Valley, seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
28 hours 01 minute (28時01分)
by Shoko Matsumura, translated by Sayuri Suzuki
Aoji is expecting her first baby. She wakes in the night. Her neighbour Uso calls round with an orange. And so begins a strange sequence of events that will test and shape her idea of what it is to be a mother.
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Thursday 26 Jan – Saturday 28 January
Pricing £8, £6 (concessions)
Thu 26 Jan
7pm - Onigorou Valley and 28 hours 01 minute
Fri 27 Jan
7pm - Not Yet Midnight and Panel Discussion with all three writers and the NNTT Artistic Director Eriko Ogawa
Sat 28 Jan
4pm - Not Yet Midnight
6pm - 28 hours 01 minute
8pm – Onigorou Valley
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