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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program

Sayaka Murata + Shu Matsui inseparable Premiere “Kawarimi”

2019.12.18 (WED) – 12.19 (THR)

Theatre North Hall
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A dream collaboration between Akutagawa Prize-winning novelist Sayaka Murata and Kishida Kunio Drama Award-winning playwright Shu Matsui

Sayaka Murata’s novel “Convenience Store Woman” sold 920,000 copies in Japan and has been translated into 20 languages. Here the writer who is known for her comic depictions of the discomfort of minorities and imminent future teams up with Shu Matsui, whose novels and plays have dealt with artificial intelligence and advanced medical treatments in their nihilistic portrayals of the collapse of social values. Together Matsui and Murata came up with a setting and concept together, and then created their own separate work. The result of research conducted at home and abroad, this stage performance is a portrait of a future beyond our expectations.


2019.12.18 (WED) – 12.19 (THR)

Wednesday 18 December 2019 14:00 / 19:00, Thursday 19 December 2019 18:00

Venue : North Hall


From an original idea by Sayaka Murata and Shu Matsui
Written and Directed by Shu Matsui
Cast: TBA


Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata

Original idea

Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1979, Sayaka Murata graduated from Tamagawa University with a degree in arts and culture studies. She won the Gunzo Prize for New Writers in 2003 for “Breastfeeding,” followed by the Noma Literary New Face Prize for “Silver Song” in 2009, the Mishima Yukio Prize in 2013 for “Of Bones, Of Body Heat, of Whitening City,” and the Akutagawa Prize for “Convenience Store Women” (in Japanese, “Convenience Store Person”) in 2016. The latter sold over 920,000 copies. Her other books include “Mouse,” “Water for the Stars,” “Ark,” “The Now Door,” “Killer Birth,” and “Dwindling World.”


Shu Matsui

Shu Matsui

Original idea, script, director

Born in Tokyo in 1972, Shu Matsui joined Seinendan in 1996 as an actor and later started working with the company as a writer and director. In 2007, he launched his company, Sample, with “Burning Up Calories” and left Seinendan. Portraying people as wandering with a map of only their own divided selves, Matsui is distrustful of the lines between all relationships, from reality and fiction to objects and people, male and female, and actor and audience, and in his work he endeavors to transcend and intermix these divisions. He won the 55th Kishida Kunio Drama Award for “Proud Son” in 2011. “Takeoff” was performed at the 2016 Kuandu Arts Festival in Taiwan, while “Proud Son” was revived at the Festival d’Automne à Paris in 2018.

Presented by ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation), Kyoto City
Planned and produced by quinada
A Mie Prefecture Fine Arts Center (Mie Cultural Promotion Foundation), ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation) and Kobe Culture Hall (Kobe Cultural Foundation) co-production


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Unreserved seating
25 and Under: ¥2,000
18 and Under: ¥1,000

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2019.9.21 (SAT)