Wednesday, 14 September 2011
HALCYON DAYS by Shoji Kokami
In a translation by Aya Ogawa
Director: Shoji Kokami
HALCYON DAYS, by renowned Japanese playwright and director Shoji Kokami, receives its English language premiere at the Riverside Studios between 23 August and 18 September. Also directed by Shoji Kokami, the text is translated by Brooklyn based, Tokyo born writer, director and performer Aya Ogawa. HALCYON DAYS follows the story of three people and one ghost who meet on a suicide website.
Examining the cult popularity of suicide websites in contemporary Japanese culture, the play looks at a decade where conflicts with other nations are sensationally streamed on 24 hour rolling news channels and terrorist organisations boast about their achievements on YouTube. Even chronic depression is catered for by the increase of ‘informative’ suicide websites. Are people becoming more jaded with their real existence? Has life lost sanctity and meaning?
Venue: Studio 3, Riverside Studios (Hammersmith W6 9RL)
Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm (Matinee Sunday at 3pm)
Prices: Currently £10 each, but will increase to £15 closer to opening night (Contains adult themes)
Box Office: Telephone +44 (0)20 8237 1111
Feelgood Theatre Productions presents the London premiere of
‘Slave - A Question of Freedom’ at Riverside Studios
Slave - A Question of Freedom, Based on the book ‘Slave’ by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis,
the play tells the compelling real life story of a young woman’s account of being sold into slavery and her subsequent fight for freedom.
Winner of the Pete Postlethwaite Manchester Eve News Best New Play, NW Arts Review, Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress, 2011.
“Although this is one person’s story, Mende’s story is universal, giving voice to the voiceless, dispelling the myth that slavery ended 200 years ago. Slavery exists underground, outside the law and outside the United Nations Convention of Human Rights.”
“By telling the story it is enlightening other people to what is going on; it is not a weight on my shoulders, theatre is the most powerful way to get the message across” Mende Nazer
Slavery - Break the Silence - Sun 18 September 12 noon
Pre-matinee discussion with panel guests, Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis, Baroness Cox hosted by the writer Natasha Walter
Q&A’s with the cast and director:
following matinee shows 14,15,21,28,29 September
following the evening show on 22 September
Box Office 020 8237 1111
Tickets £18 (£15 concs) Previews £10. Studio 2
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL