bY Mayu Kanamori
10 - 21 February 2015
Japanese photographer, entrepreneur and inventor Yasukichi Murakami was the talk of the town in Broome and Darwin in the early 1900s, until the outbreak of the Second World War saw him and his family, like all Japanese in Australia, interned as enemy aliens. Murakami’s photographs were impounded and subsequently lost.
Using photographic projections, video, original music and soundscape, Japanese-Australian photographer and writer Mayu Kanamori goes in search of Murakami’s lost photographs. Uncovering a fascinating story of unlikely friendships, thwarted ambition and unrequited love, Yasukichi Murakami stirs our collective amnesia about the history of the Japanese in Australia.
Yasukichi Murakami is a meditation on love, truth and, in a digital age where cameras proliferate, the nature of photography.
A Performance 4a production, co-presented by Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre Company.
The development of Yasukichi Murakami was supported by: The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; Media, Music, Communications & Cultural Studies – Macquarie University; Japan Foundation; and Playwriting Australia.
Director Malcolm Blaylock
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Composer, Sound Designer & Musician Terumi Narushima
Visual Designer Mic Gruchy
Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
Production Manager Benjamin Brockman
Producer Annette Shun Wah
Dramaturgical Consultant Yuji Sone
With Kuni Hashimoto, Yumi Umiumare, Arisa Yura
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Previews 10 – 11 February
Season 13 – 21 February
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm
Meet the Artists after the performance on 17 February
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street
Kings Cross NSW 2011
“… a thought-provoking show and a valuable reminder of the formative influence of Asian peoples on Australian culture and of clumsy and inhumane attempts to downplay, dismiss or caricature it.” Sydney Morning Herald
“…a compelling and always absorbing work… Highly recommended.” Stage Noise
“Arisa Yura is completely charming..[and]..Kuni Hashimoto is superb as Murakami” Sydney Arts Guide
“This is an intimate, visually delightful show, with three excellently acted, delicately nuanced performances.” Arts Hub
“It’s largely due to these two performers’ vivacity [Arisa Yura + Kuni Hashimoto] that the work lifts from documentary to compelling drama” Daily Review Crikey
“…educational and insightful, not only in terms of one man’s Australian experience, but, more broadly, about the nature of art and race relations. It would be wonderful to see an exhibition mounted of Murakami’s photos; perhaps enough can be located for that to happen.” In Daily
“Enriching and enlighting.” The Clothesline
“Captivates and informs…it is to be hoped that this work gets to tour extensively around Australia and, in translation, to Japan. It is a worthy production.” Broadway World
Over on the Griffin blog, we hear from #thesmallesthour director Scarlet McGlynn, as she shares her love for new work, explains her collaborative process and gives a glimpse into what audience's can expect from this heartwarming new play. Have a read: https://t.co/SS1BwUqY0P
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Submissions are now open for the 2019 Lysicrates Prize!! If you're an established playwright working on something new, we want to hear from you! Entries close 5pm, Friday 4 January. Find out everything you need to know here: https://t.co/N1R1fMmVOT
CONGRATULATIONS to Griffin subscriber Pat Cahill, our Super Big Win prize winner! Pat has scored a fab collection of goodies including a night at QT Sydney, dinner at ACME, tix to the MCA & Sydney Dance Co, a 2-Year Palace Cinema membership & a bottle of Four Pillars gin! Woohoo!
"The initial idea was a show set in total darkness. And it featured a rabbit. The rabbit didn’t make the cut." On the Griffin blog, the hilarious @SusieYoussef answers 5 questions around two-hander #thesmallesthour - arriving at the Stables next month! https://t.co/uhBPkbcT6z