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The Secret Garden and Late Nineties Cheese: Friday 20th April

This morning Josh and I headed over to the Kremlin, where another refusal to accept my Japanese ID card as anything other than an absolute sham resulted in us both paying the full price of R350 to gain access into … Continue reading

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Casting Gertrude as a Man and Odious Laughter: Monday 9th January

Today saw a return to Saitama Theatre for my first day back at ‘work’, and after catching up with my colleagues it was straight down to business. The next main production is to be a February performance of Hamlet by … Continue reading

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No Pain No Gain and Making Music Specifically to Offend Me: Sunday 8th January

Prone to exaggeration as I am, I honestly cannot remember waking up and being in as much pain as I was this morning. My entire body felt like it had been hit by a truck, which had then proceeded to … Continue reading

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The Price of Batteries and Morgan’s Organ: Wednesday 14th December

The random prices of Japanese commodities continue to astound me, today’s case study being the cost of batteries at the Lawson ¥100 (actually ¥105 with tax) shop. Why is it that 4 ‘Own Brand’ batteries cost exactly the same as … Continue reading

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A Re-enactment of the Nuremberg Rally and Asleep at the Bach: Sunday 11th December

A sunny Sunday morning in Higashimatsubara Park is truly a wonderful sight. Dogs are running around with careless abandon, joggers are very carefully trying not to get bitten, and the caged doves (which have mysteriously replaced the park’s chickens) are … Continue reading

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Bach and a Fundamental Lack of Coordination: Saturday 10th December

As we have now started the three-week run of ‘Route 99’, I was fully expecting to have to sit through a 3 1/2 hour performance every single night. Thankfully the good people at Saitama Theatre had other ideas, and so … Continue reading

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Running Lines and an Element of Boondoggling: Saturday 5th November

This morning I had just arrived at the theatre and was settling in to some translation before rehearsal started, when one of the actors asked me if I could run lines with him. Instead of telling him that I could … Continue reading

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