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Leeds Playhouse collaborate with Kani Public Arts Center for Missing People

The Pinter Prize-winning playwright by  Brad Birch will play in Spring 2020 as part of the Japan Season of Culture.

Takao Taka in development workshop for Missing People. Credit Anthony Robling

Missing People – by Pinter Prize-winning playwright Brad Birch – is set to play in Spring 2020 as part of the Japan Season of Culture.

The play explores the similarities and mistranslations of a Japanese and British family thrown together through a cross-cultural marriage. Everything is not as serene as it seems as bubbling under the surface is a family in crisis at the loss of their Japanese son…

The play will be co-directed by Leeds Playhouse Associate Artist Mark Rosenblatt and Kani Public Arts Center Associate Director Nobuhiro Nishikawa, with supported from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Natsumi Nanase, Haruka Abe, Ben Addis, Olwen May and Takao Taka in development workshop for Missing People. Credit: Anthony Robling.

Natsumi Nanase, Haruka Abe, Ben Addis, Olwen May and Takao Taka in development workshop for Missing People. Credit: Anthony Robling.

“Five years ago the Playhouse and Kani Public Arts Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledging our commitment to sharing best practice across continents,” explains Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining.

“I’m thrilled we’re able to produce a new piece of work together, demonstrating our cultural common ground despite being thousands of miles apart. The 2020 Japan Season of Culture is an apt time to showcase our nourishing international relationship; it’s a real pleasure to be able to share this brand new play with audiences both in Leeds and Japan.”

Missing People will play in Leeds Playhouse’s Courtyard theatre in Spring 2020, with dates to be announced.  Tickets will be available online at leedsplayhouse.org.uk or through the Box office at 0113 213 7700.

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