Frazer Brown writes:
Stan Sakai’s beloved and iconic Samuarai Leporidae Usagi Yojimbo has been making his stage debut last Friday at London’s Southwark Playhouse. The same venue that brought “Howl’s Moving Castle” to Magical life in 2011.
The Eisner award winning adventures have been freshly adapted for the stage by Stewart Melton and are directed by Amy Draper
The cast includes: Joji Hirota , Amy Ip , Haruka Kuroda, Siu Hun Li , Jonathan Raggett and Dai Tabuchi
The Official Blurb reads
“17th Century Japan. A world of bandit raccoons, feline ninjas and warring animal clans.
A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition: to become a great samurai warrior. Trained by a maverick old lion sensei a teacher of the warrior’s code known as Bushido – Usagi learns that the way of the samurai is one of peace and perfection – not just masterful swordsmanship. But as war engulfs the land, he must make a choice that will test his loyalty, honour and dearest friendship.
This Christmas join our long-eared hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he takes his fate into his own paws.
There will be a free discussion with the cast and creative team after the evening performance on Thursday 11 December. “
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the play.
The show has been produced with the support of The Japan Society and The Sasakawa Society. More details and tickets can be found here.
Frazer Brown is a Producer and Filmmaker, In his spare time He writes and photographs internationally for bleeding Cool. @frazerbrown