Research and Development continues, 2015
In 2013, with the kind permission of Studio Ghibli, Whole Hog Theatre staged the worlds' first theatrical adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's renowned animated film, Princess Mononoke. Having almost doubling its crowd-funding target raising £9,425 and winning A Great British Sasakawa Foundation Grant, Princess Mononoke opened to critical acclaim at The New Diorama Theatre, London where it broke the box office record selling out in 72 hours. The production then transferred to The AiiA Theater Tokyo, Japan playing to over 10,000 people and featuring at Nico Nico Cho Party 2 to 30 million online and 5000 in house, returing to The New Diorama to break its own record selling out in just 4.5 hours. Click here for more.
Following this success, the company has been in an extensive period of Research and Development, aiming to build on this incredible experience and expand the company portfolio. Our particular focus is on exploring adaptations of diverse source material that is rarely seen on the UK stage: anime, manga, video games and science fiction. This has been inspired in particular by our experiences in Japan and with Princess Mononoke and is in pursuit of our passion for building a theatrical model that encourages a new, more diverse audience to the theatre. Princess Mononoke taught us of the potential of this new audience and of the power of cross-cultural adaptation - our current work is in pursuit of this potential. Watch this space...
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Princess Mononoke Research and Development work 2013 - 2014 was carried out in partnership with Robert F Bradish Ltd and Chris Hislop. Special thanks to: Max Blackman, Graham and Julia Ashley, Sharon Blake, David Byrne and all at New Diorama, Dance Attic, Keiron and all at The Vaults, Tim and Eileen Hoare, Max Humphries, Victoria Rutter, Annie, Richard and all at Jerwood Space.