Emmie Newitt

Two new Japanese plays announces UK premieres this Autumn

The new UK-Japan collaboration projects will feature up-and-coming Japanese writers and directors at the London venue from 27 September 2024.

japanese plays charing cross theatreOne Small Step & Tattooer. Artwork by Pyjama Media.

Two new Japanese plays will premiere in London's Charing Cross Theatre this Autumn.

One Small Step is an original play by Takuya Kato, a prolific young Japanese playwright and director, developed in Japan and the UK through workshops and readings with UK artists.

It tells the story of married couple Takashi and Narumi who work for a major contractor on a project to migrate humans to the Moon. A city is being established where humanity's ideal new life can begin. However, an unexpected setback to their plans occurs.

The cast is to be announced.

One Small Step will play from 27 September to 9 October.

Written by Takuya Kaneshima and directed by Hogara Kawai, Tattooer will open in Tokyo in September before transferring to London for its UK premiere from 14 - 26 October.

Tattooer is inspired by Junichiro Tanizaki's renowned short story "Shisei" and the art of Irezumi tattoos, which have gained global recognition through anime and video games. This new play seeks to promote Japanese theatrical culture in the UK.

Follow young tattoo artist and former Ukiyo-e artist of high repute, Seikichi. His longtime wish is to "carve his soul into the skin of a beautiful woman" but he has yet been able to find a willing partner. The story begins when he finally meets his ideal canvas..

The cast is to be announced.

Don't forget to check out Your Lie in April at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Spirited Away at the London Coliseum.