©Tsukasa Aoki
©Sarah Ainslie

Directed by

Simon McBurney

Composer

Honjoh Hidetaro

Design

Merle Hensel & Rumi Matsui

Lighting

Paul Anderson

Sound

Gareth Fry

Projection

Finn Ross for mesmer

Costume

Christina Cunningham

Puppetry

Blind Summit Theatre

Associate director

Kirsty Housley

Script editor

Jo Allan

Original cast

Kaho Aso, Songha Cho, Eri Fukatsu, Honjoh Hidetaro, Yuko Miyamoto, Kentaro Mizuki, Yasuyo Mochizuki, Yoshi Oida, Keitoku Takada, Ryoko Tateishi

Revival cast

Kaho Aso, Songha Cho, Eri Fukatsu, Honjoh Hidetaro, Kentaro Mizuki, Yasuyo Mochizuki, Yoshi Oida,
Nigoshichi Shimouma, Keitoku Takada, Ryoko Tateishi, Junko Uchida

Inspired by two texts by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, A Portrait of Shunkin and In Praise of Shadows, Shun-kin is the story of a blind Shamisen player and the servant so devoted he will do anything to share her world.

 

Shun-kin was performed in Japanese by an all-Japanese company.

 

Co-Producers

A Complicite co-production with Setagaya Public Theatre and barbicanbite09.

 

Supported by

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Tour

2013

New York, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles

2010

London, Paris, Tokyo, Taipei

2009

London, Tokyo

2008

Tokyo

Awards

2011

French Drama Critics' Award: Grand Prix for Best Foreign Play

2009

Yomiuri Theatre Awards Grand Prize for Best Director (Simon McBurney)

2008

Kinokuniya Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement (Eri Fukatsu)