TRISTAN And ISOLDE
Tokyo, JAn 2017
A new Anglo-Japanese collaboration in Japanese
Adaptation: Whole Hog Theatre
Sponsored by: Nelke Planning ネルケプランニング,
Produced by: Gorch Brothers ゴーチ ブラブラザーズ
Supported by The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation.
Both older and darker than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and still hauntingly relevant today in the context of Brexit, The US Presidential election and a world split by Nationalism and Internationalism, we will bring this classic European tale of love vs duty in an Island Nation divided to a modern Japanese audience in January 2016. To be performed entirely in Japanese by an all Japanese cast in Tokyo with physical theatre, original music and puppetry.
Produced by Whole Hog Theatre Ltd and The Princess Mononoke Production Committee
Ashitaka is a marked man. Cursed by a demon god while defending his village, he must leave his home forever to seek a cure. On his journey, he must reconcile the warring human forces and the animal deities and he meets wolf god Moro and her human child San: Princess Mononoke... With the kind permission of Studio Ghibli, we presented the world's first ever theatrical staging of Hayao Miyazaki's renowned animated film using giant puppets made from recycled materials, physical storytelling and a new arrangement of Joe Hisaishi's original score.
"THE KIND OF ENERGY, VIBRANCY, TALENT & COMMITMENT FROM WHICH STARS ARE BORN"
Produced by Whole Hog Theatre Ltd
Dripping with dry wit and shrewd observations, our unique adaptation of PWK Stone's translation of Choderlos de Laclos' famous novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses saw Laclos himself acting as arbiter of human pawns playing out mind games on a giant chess board. A page to stage in three months adaptation experiment we took our production on tour running workshops and talks for GCSE and A Level students
"BRAVE AND BEAUTIFULLY DIRECTED"
Following the original 1550s Italian fairytale, we used Pina Bausch's intuitive and self-exploratory approaches to find an 'honest' means of physical expression when dealing with the themes of gender, identity and sexuality. This was our first collaboration with Junior Cunningham whose dance expertise helped us to produce an unsettlingly claustrophobic, intimate piece of dance theatre. This piece was produced as part of a practical assessment for the University of Warwick's Theatre Department.
"BEAUTIFUL... SUBTLY ATMOSPHERIC...VERY IMPRESSIVE.
Dr Nicholas Whybrow
Five Kinds of SILENCE
Produced under the auspices of Warwick University Drama society, we adapted this one act radio play using visceral movement sequences to create a dark family affair in which the dead do tell tales. The show was a National Student Drama Festival 2011 finalist and where it won the the Fest-Goer's Award for Best Production.
"VIVID... STRIKING MOVEMENT SEQUENCES"
Kevin Berry, The Stage Online