Nothing is quite as it seems in this theatrical adaptation of the mind-bending novel Kafka on the Shore, the international bestseller by one of Japan’s most widely read and highly regarded authors.
Meet 15-year-old Kafka. Accompanied only by an imaginary friend, he’s run away from his Tokyo home to escape his screwed-up father and a dark prophecy. Then there’s elderly Nakata, seeker of lost cats. Long touched by a mysterious childhood affliction, he now finds himself in need of some divine assistance.
Fateful encounters await as their parallel odysseys converge in modern-day Japan. Here the borders between reality, dream and myth are constantly crossed in this allegorical tale about waking up to your own life.
Setting the epic in a series of multilayered sets, Yukio Ninagawa realises his long-held ambition to relocate Haruki Murakami’s text to the stage. He leads a first-class ensemble including the Japanese Academy Award-winning star of The Twilight Samurai, Rie Miyazawa.
‘I was stunned to see that Ninagawa had literally visualised Murakami’s writing style’Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)
3 hours/including an interval
Age guidance 14+
Performed in Japanese with English surtitles
Cast includes Rie Miyazawa, Naohito Fujiki and Nino Furuhata