Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bringing it Down a Level and the Importance of Good Communication: Monday 30th January

Two weeks today the students from my Drama Communication class will be performing to an audience at a theatre in Ebisu, and judging from today’s session the punters are in for a treat. There is still a lot of tightening … Continue reading

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Questions of Existentialism and Don’t You Open That Trapdoor: Sunday 29th January

This morning, before rehearsals, I attended an interview between Ninagawa-san and the Komadori sisters. This interview was one of a biannual series, and I presume that it was organised so as to tie in with the upcoming production of ‘Hamlet’, … Continue reading

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Acting Like Mushrooms and the Least Effective Method of Communication: Saturday 28th January

Today I had to go out into deepest darkest Saitama, to help with the preparation for a Kyogen performance and accompanying lecture. Kyogen, which translates literally as wild speech, is a form of comedic Japanese theatre (traditionally performed as accompanying … Continue reading

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The True Extent of the Phrase Unlimited Refills and the Unavoidable Consequences : Friday 27th January

Today promised to be something of a long day at work, with rehearsals for ‘Hamlet’ sandwiched between the screening of a documentary and a Rakugo performance at the theatre. The documentary was all about the Kadori sisters (twin sisters who, … Continue reading

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My Future Career as a Playwright and Avoiding Whips: Thursday 26th January

The director has now taken to speaking to me on a regular basis, which I take to both a blessing (he is a very distinguished and interesting character) and a curse (I am constantly worried about my Japanese). Today he … Continue reading

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Fire on the Tracks and Gay Pride: Wednesday 25th January

If the Tokyo transport system were a well-loved children’s poem, then it would most definitely be a little girl, with a little curl, right in the middle of its forehead. For when it is good it is very very good, … Continue reading

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A Death Trap of Black Ice and Like Blackpool Illuminations: Tuesday 24th January

I awoke this morning to find Tokyo covered in a blanket of snow, and whilst it was a wondrous sight to behold it sent a chill, of varieties both literal and metaphorical, down my spine. For surely no city outside … Continue reading

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