Women of Ishikawa

The Women of Ishikawa.

Was performed at the following locations:
SOAS University of London, November 11, 2019 with the SOAS Minyo Group;
A Noh Theatre Venue in Kaga, Ishikawa, May 26, 2019 with Akihiro Ichikawa;
A Ryokan on Noto-shima Island off Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa, May 25, 2019, with Akihiro Ichikawa;
Halahelu Cafe in Kyojima, Tokyo, May 22, 2019 with Kelan Davis (SOAS Minyo Group member) and Royogo Kobata;
At The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation offices in Regents Park, London, July 26, 2018 with the SOAS Minyo Group.

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

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 in London, Akihiro Ichikawa and his students in Ishikawa, and Kelan Davis & Ryogo Kobata in Tokyo.

For The Women of Ishikawa, Doubtful Sound were:
London
Shinako Wakatsuki (Actor/translation)
Kisato Nishi (Actor/dramaturg)
Hodaka Mitsui (Actor)
Katie Turner (Actor)
Gavin Harrington-Odedra (actor)
Jessica Jeffries (actor)
Andrew Wakatsuki-Robinson (Writer/Director)

Japan
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 joined us were:
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)

Shamisen master Akihiro Ichikawa performed with his students for the Ishikawa performances.