A thrilling tale of sacrifice, cultural understanding and martial arts all set to the backdrop of the turbulent spirit world of Japan, GAIJIN will receive a limited premiere season at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute in July.
Adam travels to Tokyo to undertake a black belt test in Aikido. On the surface, all seems well, but why does he begin having nightmares? Why does everything suddenly seem so confusing?
Caught up in the Japanese spirit world, where strange forces are conspiring to weaken his resolve, Adam is steadily drawn into a deadly sacrifice. Will he pay the ultimate price? Or is there more than meets the one-eyed Daruma doll’s eye?
Presenting a fascinating insight into all forms of Japanese theatre, from Kabuki, to Suzuki and containing a breathtaking choreographed sword fight, GAIJIN will take the audience to the grand wooden theatres of Japan, drenched with Sake, spirit and riveting tales.
Written and directed by Martin Rice, GAIJIN (or foreigner) captures the centuries of heritage in Japanese Theatre with a firm nod to modern issues of immigration, belonging and the understanding of spirituality.
“GAIJIN represents a culmination of years of fascination with Japanese Theatre, martial arts and culture, says director Martin Rice. “Kabuki is an honest, exciting and at times avant garde art form that provides an interesting medium for in depth storytelling.”
Writer / Director: Martin Rice Featuring: David Lieu, Grace Pyone, Bec Varvaruc, Sean Paisley-Collins, Peter Noic, Keam-Mar Lai, Wahyu Kapa Music Composition / Performance: Adrian Sherriff Production / Lighting Design: Aaron Cananzi Costume / Make-up: Breanna Handfield Stage Manager: Lachlan O’Connor
Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Season continues to 16 July 2016
Information and Bookings: www.metanoiatheatre.com
Image: GAIJIN – photo by David Lieu