We presented the first fully staged workshop performance of a new musical ‘Pearl and Dagger’ at The Other Palace Theatre on the 29th Nov 2019.
Pearl and Dagger is a new musical inspired by the Japanese folktale, ‘A Story of Oki Island’, which can originally be found in ‘Ancient Tales and Folklore of Japan’, written in 1906 by Richard Gordon Smith, a British naturalist.
It is the story of Tokoyo, a young woman dealing with the grief over her deceased mother. When her father, the former samurai Oribe, is wrongly imprisoned on a mysterious island, she sets out on a journey to find him and must discover the secrets of the island, her family, and the meaning of real bravery.
This show is a unique collaboration between British and Japanese artists, combining both Western musical theatre and Japanese tradition. This is a part of Theatre Lapis’ five-year project ‘Brilliance 2016-2020’, which retells Japanese stories in unique theatre settings. The team behind the show aim to raise and increase awareness of Japan and Japanese culture, and very much hope that this theatrical experience becomes an invitation to the world of Japanese aesthetics.
Originally conceived by composer/lyricist Eden Tredwell. Directed by Yojiro Ichikawa. Co-written by Nozomi Abe.
Original Concept, Music and Lyrics by EDEN TREDWELL
Directed by YOJIRO ICHIKAWA
Co-Written by NOZOMI ABE
Costume Design NAO MATSUO
Musical Arrangement GUS TREDWELL, NINA DANON, GREG REID
Produced by THÉATRE LAPIS
in partnership with JAPAN FOUNDATION
Production Assistant ASAKO KAJIWARA
Poster Art by CLAUDIO DE LUCA
Additional Lyrics for ‘Hontou no Yuuki’ by Iskandar Sharazuddin
With thanks to KIKI STEVENSON & THE OTHER PALACE