Pembroke Players hold a workshop, Japan
Blog: Turning Japanese...
By contributor Nick Morrell
What will the Japanese make of our great British Bard? Well, a Cambridge theatre group is about to find out, as they launch Shakespeare on to an unsuspecting audience...
The Pembroke Players' Japan Tour
Eighteen students from Cambridge University embark upon a three-week tour of Japan, travelling 11,912 miles, and performing to over 4000 people...
Read the latest from Japan below!
The Pembroke Players' Japan Tour (PPJT) is rapidly establishing itself as the most successful project of its kind, and is unique in being the only theatrical tour in Cambridge to visit Japan.
Pembroke Players: lunch in Japan
This year, it is Shakespeare's colourful and spontaneous comedy, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' that will visit some 10 different venues across Japan, accompanied by a series of educational workshops that aim to give Japanese students an enjoyable insight into Shakespeare, the English Language, and drama.
Latest update: Monday 29th September, Tokyo, Japan
Returning from an energetic couple of performances in Himeji, Kyoto and Sendai, PPJT returned to Tokyo last night for their final week of performances and workshops.
The tour has thus far been a raving success, apart from a hair-raising moment in Shinjuku Station (the largest in the world) when the group separated for a rather long time... but everyone made the train in the end!
Tuesday 30th: Kyoritsu Hall, 2000 seats. We cant wait. See you back in Cambridge for our performances on 11th-13th October!
Cast and Crew PPJT
Friday 19th September, Japan
We have been a week in Japan now, and things are going very smoothly indeed.
We have had two highly successful performances at Ashikaga High School, and Toho Gakuen, and a workshop at Seikei University, with a performance on Saturday.
A packed auditorium. Photo: Akira Mizuno
The cast and crew are having a wonderful time - getting in some essential sightseeing, and tasting some extraordinary food!
A particular highlight was mingling with Japanese students after the show, and comparing stories about student life in England and Japan!
Best wishes, Nick
Sunday 7th September
Time now for the cast and crew of PPJT to take 3 days well-earned rest, after two stunning performances in London, and before leaving for Japan.
The set and props were delivered to the air cargo depot in true style at 3am on Saturday morning, and everything looks ready to go - there has even been time to brush up on a few Japanese phrases, including 'have you seen my dog?' which we intend to find a use for..."
More from us when we are back in October - be sure to catch up with the cast and crew during the tour on our official tour weblog: http://cuppjt.jugem.jp/
See you in Kings Chapel between 11th - 13th October, 8pm for our final performances of this extraordinary project!
Tuesday 3rd September
"Sawing in the street"
A particularly unglamorous moment when residents complained about the noise, and Elliott was forced to continue cutting the set out on the pavement!
As we approach the final rehearsal before our London premiere, the atmosphere is most certainly tense. There has been a huge amount to assemble this week, and it will be rewarding to finally see the show as originally envisaged in today's dress rehearsal.
One week until we depart for Japan!
A quick update
by Nicholas Morrell
It's full steam ahead for the cast and crew of PPJT 2008!
Rehearsals, set-building and costume fitting are all in full flow in great anticipation of our pre-tour London premiere on 5th September.
Keep reading the blog...
We invite you to follow us as we discover what a Japanese audience really thinks of Shakespeare, to follow our demanding tour schedule, to dive with us into the common medium of drama, and to help us meet the challenge that awaits us in a new, vibrant, and completely different culture - Shakespeare on the other side of the Globe!
The journey begins on Friday 5th September at 7pm in the Greenwood Theatre, London Bridge, and ends with a home run in the magnificent King's College Chapel between 11th-13th October, 8pm, where dramatic performances were first given to Elizabeth I in 1562.
Keep up to date with the progress of the Pembroke Players by visiting our own website at: www.srcf.ucam.org/pemplayers/japantour
We hope to see you along the way!...
Nick Morrell, Pembroke Players
last updated: 29/09/2008 at 12:51
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