Royal Court Theatre × New National Theatre, Tokyo Playwrights' Workshop
Presented by New National Theatre, Tokyo
Royal Court Theatre
Co-presented by British Council
The Royal Court Theatre in London, U.K., holds workshops for playwrights around the world. The New National Theatre, Tokyo joined hands with the Royal Court Theatre in bringing these workshops to Japan for the first time.
Young Japanese playwrights participated in workshops led by the Royal Court Theatre's Associate Director, Literary Manager and a British playwright. The participants developed a new play through the three-phased workshop held from May 2019 through February 2021, experimenting with new techniques introduced in the workshops.
Please look forward to how these new plays will blossom.
Yoshitaka Arikawa Bito Saori Chiba Junko Go Kozue Ito
Tomoko Kotaka Shoko Matsumura Rena Miyazaki Kaori Nishio
Masaya Sakanada Ei Sugai Karin Tsuyama Motoharu Yamazaki
- January 2019: Applications open
- May: Phase 1 ⇒Read the post-Phase 1 interview (Japanese) here
- December: Phase 2 ⇒Read the post-Phase 2 interview (Japanese) here
- June 2020: Phase 3-A
- January 2021: Phase 3-b ⇒Read the post-Phase 3-B interview (Japanese) here
Phase One : May 13 - May 19, 2019
Royal Court's Associate Director Sam Pritchard, Literary Manager Jane Fallowfield and the playwright Alistair McDowall visited Tokyo and facilitated a 7 day long workshop with 14 Japanese playwrights. The workshop was designed for the needs of each writer, explored individual interests, and in the end each writer was asked to propose an outline of a new idea for a contemporary and original play. The first draft of this play was submitted three months after the end of the first workshop. The workshop consisted of group and individual sessions and there was also time for writing.
Phase Two : December 9 - December 15, 2019
The team, predominantly the same, traveled to Japan to work on the plays individually with the writers and did more group work exploring some common problems. This again lasted for 7 days. At the end of this phase, the writers were asked to work on a next draft which were submitted for translation two months after the end of the second workshop.
Phase Three : June 13 - June 21, 2020 (Online Session) / January 12 - January 17, 2021
The team will return for the final phase of development work. The workshop will incorporate actors and each play will be developed through rehearsals. This phase will last for 7 - 10 days, and a reading will take place at the end. At the end of this phase, the writers are given three months to finish the final draft of the play. The plays will then be sent to the UK for English translation.