Sakura Sayer - Sakura Drives You Mad! Theatre Group Gumbo Fringe Studio Reviewed: Jul 14 The Sakura Company takes good care of its members. It has the power to turn lowlife rat bags into super humans whose mission is to make the world a better place. Well, that's what it claims. But behind the alluring facade lies a cult that dupes and brainwashes its followers into believing that they're special. Along the way, it sucks their bank accounts dry. And once you join, there's no way out. Sakura Sayer - Sakura Drives You Mad from Osaka-based Theatre Group Gumbo is a black comedy about the proliferation of new religions. Under the direction of Kayo Tamura, the troupe delivers a serious message using its brand of wacky humour and physical theatre. The Sakura Company is headed by the goofy-looking Doctor (Ryo Nishihara), who claims to be a descendant of Einstein. His followers include the sword-wielding Shogun (Eiichi Fukushima), Princess (Yuko Nishimura) and Maestro (Hidefumi Oshiro). All were social misfits until they found their true calling with Sakura. To better themselves, they have to contribute money and buy dubious potions from the Doctor's shady sidekick, Medicine Boy (Kenichi Mabuchi). Then one day Shogun discovers the truth about the Doctor ... Sakura Sayer was performed in English, but the humour was not only lost in translation, it was plain weird - and sometimes verged on the offensive. Why stage something that relies so heavily on verbal humour when most of the cast struggled to deliver their lines in a foreign language? You'd really have to be in a silly mood to enjoy this. None-theless, behind all that silliness is a serious message that left a strong impression.