Yoroboshi by Yukio Mishima
'Tokyo, 1960. Blinded fifteen years earlier in a US firebombing raid, a young man becomes the subject of a bitter custodial battle. Still traumatised, his psychotic outbursts expose a hidden wartime legacy of trauma and denial.
"If you’re into international existentialism in a big way, then Yoroboshi at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre is the show for you. With a tantalisingly short 45 minute running time, this modern Japanese Noh play asks more questions than it answers, leaving one’s mind circling around those age old philosophical questions – what is self? Who is God? Where’s the bar? Littered with the inflections of the Japanese language the play is arresting... Toshinori is depicted as a man-child, torn between his physical dependence on his parents and his total ambivalence towards humanity, which he believes is a doomed race. With a complex lighting design and a well thought out set, the strength of this production lies in its attention to detail. Budding philosophers would do well to take a look."
- A Younger Theatre
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, 2011
Performed by Angela Koo, Ashley Alymann, Frances Campbell, Kett Turton, Law Ballard, Raymond Coker
Text by Yukio Mishima in a new translation by John Walton
Directed by John Walton
Produced by Molly Nicholson
Set and Costume by Martin Thomas
Lighting by Howard Hudson
Marketing and Publicity by Ellie Robinson
Dramaturgical support by Oliver Lamford