PRESENTED BY THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL AT SUMMERHALL
17th – 30th August
Three women stand on a cliff-edge overlooking their village; a village which is soon to disappear. “Sometimes we need to do things like this; we need to step away from our daily lives, and look at them from a distance.”
Current Location was originally written by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okadain the direct aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Set in the intimacy of a choir rehearsal room, an all-female cast presents this immersive piece of theatre with live music by Ben Osborn, which explores how rumour and the fears associated with climate change disrupts families, friends and communities.
“Quietly gripping and thoroughly unsettling, this piece climbs inside you, like the best examples of sci-fi”. Wildfire / Exeunt – read full review.
“Will haunt you long after you leave the theatre” A Younger Theatre
“Current Location is that rarest of things: a bold and experimental play that manages to tell a complex and emotional story. It’s a must-see and one of the best plays of the festival” Fringe Madrid
Toshiki Okada (playwright)
Born in Yokohama, Okada is leader of Chelfitsch, a production company based in Yokohama that he established in 1997. Okada’s work has gained him acclaim both in Japan and overseas, and his plays have been performed all over the world. His signature work Five Days in March (2005) won the 49th Kishida Kunio Drama Award, while his debut novel, The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed, won the 2nd Oe Kenzaburo Award in 2007.
Award-winning company FellSwoop Theatre present the European Premiere of Current Location by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada.
As part of the annual ‘Japanese Playwrights Series’, the Japan Foundation in London invited Bertrand Lesca (associate director of Peter Brook, Bouffes du Nord; and Declan Donnellan, Cheek by Jowl) to direct FellSwoop Theatre’s performance of Toshiki Okada’s Current Location; the second opus of their cycle of Japanese plays.
This event was the first international adaptation of Okada’s Current Location, which has received rave reviews all around the world since its first performance in Yokohama, Japan.
Since 2012, FellSwoop have a longstanding relationship with contemporary playwright Okada, having previously presented a site-specific response to Okada’s signature piece Five Days in March in London.
Read our dramaturge’s response to Current Location on our blog.