PLAYLAB'S NSW SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2021

TOPIC 9: JAPANESE TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Topic 9: Japanese Traditional and Contemporary Theatre. In order to assist educators and students further explore the unique express of the Japanese Theatrical aesthetic we recommend the following titles as they employ traditional Japanese theatrical practices in a contemporary context. The plays in this list provide unique examples of how the performance styles, conventions and techniques of traditional Japanese theatre can be used to covey ideas and make meanings for contemporary and international audiences.


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Adapted by Lynne Bradley

THEMES: Magic, Freedom, Outcasts
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre present a visually, physically and aurally stunning adaption of Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest. Directed by Zen Zen Zo Artistic Director Lynne Bradley, this poetic ... Read more

Hanako

by Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy

THEMES: Culture Clash, Art, Dominance and Female Empowerment
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members

Hanako plunges the audience into the hyper-realistic fantasy of ... Read more