The Red Candle -Mermaids In The East- 2016

We are delighted to present “The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East” a newly devised theatre production, based on a beautiful tragedy about mermaids in Japan originally conceived by Mimei Ogawa, who is known as the Hans Christian Andersen of Japan.

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“a beautiful performance in a spectacular venue. Short but sweet, the storyline resonated with past and current events. A combination of dance, music, song and the effective use of masks and fabrics conveyed the story perfectly.”

  • The Audience Club member

“so impressed with the way this was interpreted with the use of drapes and masks. The cast were excellent and really drew you into this Japanese fable. Beautiful music and great venue.”

  • Sachin & Rachna Patel, The Audience Club member

“Director Yojiro Ichikawa Hassall has taken Nozomi Abe’s writing and mixed ‘straight’ acting, interpretive dance, singing and puppetry that fuse together to tell the story of the child and her family with a grace and beauty you seldom see in a traditional show. ….lovely and beautifully delivered production.”

  • Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1

“A lovely and moving recreation of a Japanese fairy tale, beautifully combining elements of Western and Eastern theatre styles. Live piano music created a haunting atmosphere in this amazing underground location. Something really original.”

  • Caroline Gardiner, The Audience Club member


The way we tell the story is new and experimental pushing the boundaries of traditional methods. We take a minimalistic approach for the maximum theatrical effects accompanied by some traditional Japanese music.

We aim to introduce Japanese culture in an authentic way within an intimate space, the Grand Entrance Hall at the Brunel Museum.

Our initial inspiration was the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. However, the piece is echoing the grief caused by all other man-made and natural disasters that we had to experience in this turbulent times.


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The Grand Entrance Hall, The Brunel Museum

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF



4th -20th November 2016
Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 3:00pm,

Special Gala Performance on the 9th, 3:00pm (Not available for the public)



£10 / £8 (Concessions:Under 20 and over 65, Students, Equity members. ID required)

We have special rates for the groups more than 10 people and families. Please contact us via for the details.

[Family offer]
One free child ticket with the purchase of one standard full-price ticket.
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Director: Yojiro Ichikawa
Playwright: Nozomi Abe
Stage Manager: Julian Pichelski
Pianist: Ayaka Ono
Lighting: David Meunier-Palmer for fringehire
Composer: Rie fu
Illustrator: Kumiko Schwinn
Chief Marketing Manager: Rena Relan


Hannah Abbott*
Misaki Asakura
Giorgio Borghes
Hélène Kösem
Victoria Reeve
Laura Witz

with the special appearance by Wally Tuyan

*Hannah Abbott will be replaced by Yojiro Ichikawa at certain performances







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[FREE Physical Theatre Workshops]

Théatre Lapis presents Free physical theatre workshop at Brunel Museum based on the concept of ‘The Red Candle – Mermaids in the East’.

In this workshop, we explore the theatrical expressions to portrait the movement of mermaids using simple fabrics or ropes. This is a perfect opportunity for you to have a cross-cultural experience, and to develop an understanding of the aesthetics and perspectives in the Asian culture. It will enhance your imagination and creativity to generate something new out of the ordinary materials they are familiar with.

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This production is supported by:
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