New Plays: Japan

Co-production with the New National Theatre Tokyo

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Thu 26 Jan - Sat 28 Jan 2023

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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. 


Onigoro 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 Onigoro Valley, seven years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.


28 hours 01 minute  (2801) 

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

Double Bill 

7pm - Onigoro 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 – Onigoro Valley


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