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Garden of Words stage play coming to London in 2020

Garden of Words stage play coming to London in 2020
Ross Liversidge
Author: Ross Liversidge

Ross founded the UK Anime Network back in 1995 and works in and around the anime world, while also working across asia as an export ambassador for the UK textile industry.


UK theatre production company, Whole Hog Theatre, have announced the worldwide premiere of Makoto Shinkai's Garden of Words at The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London.

The show will run from July 15th to August 15th 2020.

Tickets can be booked here.

The company specialises in Anglo-Japanese productions that challenge stereotypes, champion diversity and encourage new audiences to the theatre.

Having already adapted the classic Ghibli film, Princess Mononoke to critical acclaim, the new show is highly anticipated.

 

From the press release:

Based on the stereotype-defying Anime by world-renowned director Makoto Shinkai (your name.), The Garden of Words is a modern Tokyo tale inspired by ancient Man’yōshū poetry. This subtle drama explores invisible disability, loss of human connection in a digital world and challenges us to consider the moral line between platonic and romantic longing.

In its world theatrical premiere, this unique Anglo-Japanese project will be created and performed in both London and Tokyo by the UK's Whole Hog Theatre (Princess Mononoke stage adaptation), and Japanese Animation stage production specialists, Nelke Planning of Tokyo (Sailor Moon stage production). This female-led project brings Japanese and British creatives and performers together to encourage diverse new audiences to the theatre and challenge stereotypes about Anime and Japan.

This interdisciplinary adaptation delves into Shinkai's visually emotive story using puppetry, movement and projection art. Performed in English with occasional Japanese.

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