Black Theatre Live


Japan Foundation Winds of Change: staged readings 2016

17 August 2016

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Yellow Earth StoneCrabs Theatre Company present a new monthly series of events, to introduce to UK audiences the work of some of Japan’s most outstanding playwrights, all of which will be heard in English for the first time.


Written by Atsuto Suzuki
Translated by Sayaka Rui
Directed by Kumiko Mendl

Sunako is fast approaching 40 and pressure is mounting for her to find a husband. A marriage is arranged with Junichi and it's not long before a baby is on the way but tragedy strikes and Sunako is forced to undergo a hysterectomy. Devastated, she seeks surrogacy in India, where the 'rent a womb' business is thriving. But, what does that mean for the renter and the rented? Atsuto Suzuki's surreal satire takes a look at what happens when two very different worlds collide in the search for life and survival.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with playwright Atsuto Suzuki.

"Some fabulous theatre writing from Japan"

★★★★ London Theatre 1 for Suzuki's 'The Bite' seen at Yellow Earth's Typhoon Festival at Rich Mix

1st September 7pm
The Studio Theatre, RADA, 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX


GOT TO MAKE THEM SING by Ali Nagai, October

PIGHEAD byToshinobu Kojo, November

THE SUN by Tomohiro Maekawa, December