The Woman Who Eats Babies

The Woman Who Eats Babies
And other tales from Yamanashi

New show at Baron’s Court Theatre from 5 to 9 July 2022.

The Woman Who Eats Babies is a new theatre performance based on folktales from Yamanashi. Tales include Monkey Bridge, The Old Woman who Licks, The Nightingale who Leaps from One Side to the Other, and Cat Leg Lamp.

This show was made possible with help from The Sasakawa Foundation.

Doubtful Sound is a Japanese theatre company based in London. They have performed Japanese folktales in ancient temples, at festivals, over rivers, in Japanese gardens, and at theatres in Japan and England. Their latest show is a selection of mysterious folktales and folksongs from the prefecture of Yamanashi.

Stories originally from:
‘Kai Folktales’ collated by Rikki Tsuchihashi;
‘Zenkoku Folktales Volume 16 – Yamanashi Collection’

Translated, written and performed by Doubtful Sound
Traditional music performed by the SOAS Min’yo Group

The SOAS Min’yo Group is a bunch of Japanese folk song (min’yo) devotees who meet regularly at SOAS, University of London, to practice singing, instruments and folk dancing. Launched in 2012 by David Hughes, a Japanese music specialist at SOAS, its members are of various nationalities, including Japanese. The Group have performed at events and venues around the UK and Europe such as:
The Japan Matsuri
Hyper Japan
The South Bank
The Japanese Embassy saké celebrations Sheffield Japan Day
Durham Oriental Museum

For The Woman Who Eats Babies, Doubtful Sound are:
Shinako Wakatsuki (Actor/translation)
Gavin Harrington-Odedra (actor)
Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson (Writer/Director)

Shinako Wakatsuki (Actor/translation)
Kisato Nishi (Actor/dramaturg)
Makiko Mikami (Actor)
David Hughes (Actor)
Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson (Writer/Director)

Members of the SOAS Min’yo Group who often join us are:
David Hughes (voice, taiko, shamisen)
Sherry Sugita (voice, taiko, binzasara)
Hibiki Ichikawa (shamisen)
Bob Jones (shakuhachi)
Dipika Soni (voice, taiko, binzasara)
Kelan Davis (voice, binzasara)