Dublin Theatre Festival

Seinendan Theatre Company, Tokyo

Tokyo Notes

Directed by Oriza Hirata

Venue Samuel Beckett Theatre

Designed by Itaru Sugiyama
Lighting design by Tamotsu Iwaki
Cast Kenji Yamauchi, Yoko Hirata, Makoto Adachi, Matsuda Hiroko, Takako Yamamura, Kotaro Shiga, Satoko Abe, Reina Kakudate, Minako Tsuji, Koji Ogawara, Ruriko Temmyo, Yukiko Kizaki, Yohei Kobayashi, Shu Matsui, Yuji Iwasaki, Hiroshi Ota, Mizuho Nojima, Satoshi Kobayashi, Chikako Suzuki, Makiko Aoyama

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Toyko Notes

It is the year 2004 in Japan and a devastating war rages in Europe. Japan remains a society unconcerned, its citizens mired in self-absorption. Brothers and sisters living separately in Tokyo gather in the lobby of a museum to discuss the last remaining common issue - who is to take care of their parents. In this gentle yet apocalyptic vision of the future, characters move through the world in a state of emotional bewilderment, unmoved by the larger political events elsewhere and uncertain of how to love those around them.

Tokyo Notes is the acclaimed work of Oriza Hirata and Seinendan. Hirata is known in his country for pioneering 'quiet theatre', the name critics gave to a style of naturalistic and analytic theatre that forms the cornerstone of the most influential Japanese theatre movement of the 1990's.

On the surface, it seems to eliminate everything that is theatrical, but its cumulative effect is, as the author puts it himself, "to precisely and exquisitely present the state of people's minds".

With the support of Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan

Performed in Japanese with English surtitles.

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