Theatre Group Gumbo returns with a comedy on truth, lies and romance

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 10:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015, 10:53pm

JP — FOREST OF TRUTH
Theatre Group Gumbo

At Theatre Group Gumbo, all the actors have a day job. Be it a train driver, officer worker or property agent, everybody has to live and experience social mores one way or another, besides being able to "act freely like a child".

"This is because themes of our shows always come from observing society through the eyes of individuals. So, it is important to feel it directly by ourselves," says director-actress Kayo Tamura.

"Gumbo uses the expression method of Jacques Lecoq, a French director, as its foundation. Lecoq thinks embodiment is important on stage, so we begin creating our shows from what we feel through the five senses."

It will be the fifth time the Osaka-based group has performed in Hong Kong and it has chosen JP — Forest of Truth because it feels locals will appreciate the rich Japanese references and humour woven into the show.

Revolving around a man and a woman who fall in love at first sight, the show explores the theme of truth and lies as the couple's hidden selves are eventually revealed. After many twists and turns, the audience will find out whether it is true love.

"JP's story goes on in the 'Forest of Truth' where human truth will be uncovered. We hope it will be an opportunity for the audience to stop and think: 'What is the truth for me?'" says Tamura.

Nature So will join the cast to add a local touch.

"There are no names for the characters because they symbolise the typical man and woman in Japan. We're starting to find that this definition of 'typical' seems to apply in every country where we've performed."

Fringe Club, Fringe Underground, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, May 29-30, 8pm, HK$160, HK$200 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2521 7251