Japanese Theatre Series 4 - Hogiuta

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am

McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Aug 27-Sept 1, 8pm, Aug 26, Sep 1-2, 3pm

It's the aftermath of world war three and Earth is a wasteland. Three survivors meet on a road in the middle of nowhere. They have no common language or cultural background. What will they say to each other?

Hogiuta, written by Japanese playwright Kitamura Sou and adapted by Hong Kong-based performer E-Run (Rieko Yamasaki), is a small theatre piece that explores

that question. 'When I first read the play I didn't see much potential in it,' says Yamasaki. 'Then I read it again and began to find not only the three characters interesting but the relationship between them.

'The backdrop is really bleak because it's the end of a devastating war, but these people live on in hope. This is a drama about ordinary people and how their lives are often left in the hands of politicians or people who have power.

But all they want is simply to lead a good life.'

Producer Luk Yan says that part of the appeal of the production is the way Yamasaki chooses to tell the story: 'She humanises rather than rationalises,' Luk says. 'She relies more on her feelings than senses in her approach to theatre.' The three roles will be played by (from right to far right) Chu Pak-hong, Yamasaki and Chan Hong, and the dialogue will be delivered in Japanese, Putonghua and Cantonese. Luk says this multicultural collaboration fits the theme of globalisation in Hogiuta, in which national boundaries are destroyed, but people can still relate to one another, despite coming from different cultures.

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