Amidst the angst and gloom of the events of the last few weeks (and longer?) it feels good to be working on my new play which will be opening this summer – this time it’s not a solo…but is for TWO people. One British (yours truly), and one Japanese.
(Both photos by SIMON RICHARDSON)
The play concerns the events leading up to the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945 (so it’s the 75th anniversary this year, this August, in fact ) – and the devastating consequences of that event.
Seems urgent and terribly relevant with people like Trump and Kim Jong-Un flaunting their weapons at each other (to name but two – oh, but let’s not forget others like Jo I’d-Press-The-Button Swinson). My latest news is that I’m thrilled to have found my Japanese performer – the wonderfully talented You-Ri Yamanaka – as seen above – we are in the early stages of workshopping with the script (which is now at draft 11, and feels very tight and dramatic…the play running at just under 90 minutes…). We will start rehearsals proper in June 2020…More news and photos very soon…