Women of Ishikawa – 02/11/19 – SOAS University of London – Programme

Online programme for The Women of Ishikawa.

Stories originally from:
‘Kaga/Noto Folktales Volume II’ collated by Seishu Tokio;
‘Zenkoku Folktales Volume 19 – Kaga Collection’

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

For this show, Doubtful Sound are:
Shinako Wakatsuki (Actor/translation) of Tokyo;
Kisato Nishi (Actor/dramaturg) of Ishikawa;
Katie Turner (Actor);
Gavin Harrington-Odedra (actor);
Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson (Writer/Director)

Members of the SOAS Min’yo Group this evening are:
David Hughes (voice, taiko, shamisen)
Sherry Sugita (voice, taiko)
Hibiki Ichikawa (shamisen)
Bob Jones (shakuhachi)

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 all over the prefecture of Ishikawa.

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