Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre in association with Noda Map present
ONE GREEN BOTTLE
Written & directed by Hideki Noda
English translation adapted by Will Sharpe
Starring Hideki Noda, Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard
Fri 27 Apr – Sat 19 May 2018, 7.15pm
The European premiere of an absurd comedy from the team behind the international hit The Bee.
Boo, Bo and Pickle have all made plans tonight. But someone has to stay home and look after Princess. People are waiting, start times are looming. No one’s budging and petty bickering soon spirals into a ludicrous battle of wills and, possibly, the end of the world. Renowned Japanese writer, performer and Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Hideki Noda paints a portrait of a disconnected family on a self-destructive course in this satirical comedy about consumerism and technology in a ‘selfie’ society. Starring Hideki himself, Olivier Award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard in an English translation adapted by Will Sharpe. With music and soundscape influenced by traditional Japanese Noh and Kabuki performed live by legendary Japanese Kabuki musician Denzaemon Tanaka XIII.
Hideki Noda has been the Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre since 2009. He’s had a long relationship with British theatre, having lived in the UK in the early 90s and returning several times with his shows, written or translated to English. His previous shows include The Bee (Soho Theatre 2006 & 2012) and The Red Demon (Young Vic, 2003).
Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. As entrepreneurial as it is innovative, over the last seven years under the joint leadership of Artistic Director Steve Marmion and Executive Director Mark Godfrey, the charity and social enterprise has almost trebled audiences and produced more work than ever before. The future vision is to ambitiously expand beyond Dean Street with an additional larger venue beyond central London, a digital and TV presence, as well as a strong national and international touring programme.
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (TMT) opened in October 1990, with the mission of promoting music, theatrical plays, dance, and various kinds of arts and culture in the Tokyo Metropolis, as well as international cultural exchange. In 2009, noted playwright, director, and actor Hideki Noda became the Theatre’s first artistic director. In 2012, the Theatre reopened after the completion of a major renovation. As Tokyo’s flagship theatre for music and the performing arts, Tokyo Metropolitan theatre will engage in a wide range of activities, including promoting performing arts and culture and encouraging international culture exchange, performing arts education, and development of human resources. TMT have been producing Hideki Noda’s international productions including The Bee, Half Gods, Egg and One Green Bottle. Other productions include Richard III directed by Silviu Purcărete, Hamlet directed by John Caird and Up by Saburo Teshigawara. TMT also presents Japan tour of such companies as: Othello directed by Ivo Van Hove, Robert Lepage 887, Rosas, Drumming, Fase,and Vortex Temporum.
NODA・MAP was founded in 1994 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. Productions are managed by Hideki Noda, acclaimed director, writer and actor. Since 1994, NODA・MAP has been producing both large and small scale theatre works with a new creative team and actors each time. Productions include Kill, Pandra’s bell, Oil, Red Demon (UK/Japan/Thailand/Korea), The Bee (UK/Japan/USA/Hong Kong/Israel/Romania/South Korea/France/Luxembourg/Germany), The Diver (UK/Japan), The Character, South, Egg (France/Japan), MIWA, Footprint Princess and more.