Russell Square House
10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B
Toshiki Okada, playwright, director and founder of the company chelfitsch, is considered to be one of the most exciting talents of his generation in the world of Japanese theatre. Writing and directing all of chelfitsch’s productions, Okada has received awards for his works worldwide, including the prestigious 49th Kishida award for playwrights for his 2004 play Five Days in March, and has become renowned for his stylised productions featuring unique styles of choreography and hyper-colloquial Japanese dialogue, focusing on the concerns of the youth of Japan. More recently, Okada’s 2012 play Current Location, an allegorical response to the disaster of 3.11, highlights his passion in tackling social and political subjects in his works.
To mark the presentation of his new play as part of LIFT 2014 programme, the Japan Foundation has invited Toshiki Okada to look back on chelfitsch’s productions and his own written works, discussing what he considers to be the meaning of writing and expression. Joined in conversation by Josh Goulding, dramaturg for FellSwoop Theatre, Okada, as a socially conscious writer, will discuss how events such as the Tohoku disaster have made an impact on his work, and contemporary theatre in Japan as a whole.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credits: Main top image: Current Location (2012) © Tsukasa_Aoki; Main bottom image: Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech (2009) © Dieter Hartwig; Profile image: © Nobutaka Sato