• Short Summary

    TONIGHT (MONDAY) SAW THE FIRST PERFORMANCE IN BRITAIN OF THE NOH THEATRE OF JAPAN, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN'S FOURTH WORLD THEATRE SEASON.

  • Description

    TONIGHT (MONDAY) SAW THE FIRST PERFORMANCE IN BRITAIN OF THE NOH THEATRE OF JAPAN, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BRITAIN'S FOURTH WORLD THEATRE SEASON.

    JAPAN IS ONE OF EIGHT COUNTRIES ATTENDING THE WORLD THEATRE SEASON AT ALDWYCH - LONDON HOME OF THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. LONDON AUDIENCES HAVE ALREADY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF POLAND IN A SOPHISTICATED PERFORMANCE OF A 16TH CENTURY MIRACLE CYCLE 'THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD', AND THE COMEDIE FRANCAISE IN THREE PLAYS RANGING FROM CLASSICAL TRAGEDY TO KNOCKABOUT FARCE.

    THE UMEWAKA-HASHIOKA TROUPE IS ONE OF THE FEW LEADING TRADITIONAL NOH COMPANIES. THEY ARRIVED IN ENGLAND ON APRIL 8TH, AND WILL STAY FOR TWO WEEKLY PROGRAMMES OF NOH DRAMA.

    NOH DRAMA IS PERHAPS THE MOST ALIEN FORM OF ACTING TO WESTERN EYES. IT FINDS ITS ROOTS IN THE LITURGICAL RITUALS WHICH EMBELLISHED THE RELIGIOUS WORSHIP OF 14TH CENTURY JAPAN. LATER ITS SUBJECT MATTER WIDENED AND INTRODUCED SECULAR ELEMENTS, BUT THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES THE NOH PLAY HAS RETAINED A STRONG RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTEREST. ENGLISH PERFORMANCE HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN LIMITED TO THE EXPERIMENTATION OF UNIVERSITY AND OTHER DRAMATIC GROUPS.

    JOINING THE UMEWAK-HASHIOKA COMPANY AT THE ALDWYCH ARE ALSO ACTORS FROM FRANCE AND POLAND (ALREADY MENTIONED), AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA, WEST GERMANY, GREECE, ISRAEL AND ITALY. THEY WILL PERFORM DURING THE COMING WEEKS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9BP8DSRTGH81CQ2K7T7BNFVBB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BP8DSRTGH81CQ2K7T7BNFVBB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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