UKTW - 25 years online
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers). Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April to August is actually postponed or cancelled. It now looks likely that little will return till 2021.


The 80-odd shows Issey Ogata performs a year sell out in 20 minutes of being announced. And they get their moneys worth. Issey doesn't just perform a one-man show, or simply do stand-up. In a series of short scenes he fills the stage with a crowd of tragi-comic characters from all walks of modern Japanese life, from the meek businessman desperately trying to rid himself of the dead crow he is carrying around in a shopping bag, to a man obsessed with recording his life on his video camera, and a teacher attempting to explain away a scandalous encounter with one of his students on a field trip. Throughout, all Ogata's characters are tinged with compassion and even a note of tragedy which offsets the high, often slapstick, comedy of his performance. Issey Ogata is quite simply, a phenomenon who has to be seen to be believed, the UK audiences will be able to enjoy his talent to the full with a live simultaneous translation. 2001 offers an entirely new selection of comic vignettes, including middle-aged bargain hunters who treat shopping as a sport, waiting in the overnight queue for an electrical goods sale, entertaining each other with tall tales of past bargains and a deputy section manager, overwhelmed by the responsibility of entertaining business clients, slowly losing his memory, and maybe his mind, in a parking lot at midnight. As ever, Issey hilariously and touchingly reveals the vulnerable side of the Land of the Rising Sun, with the simplest of theatrical devices - a swift costume change and amazingly versatile hair - combined with a precise and skilful, and apparently effortless, characterisation. Issey Ogata - A Catalogue of City Life website.

Performers Issey Ogata, Dan Schlesigner (simultaneous translation).
Producer Mark Goucher (for Condensed Theatre Ltd). Author Issey Ogata. Author Yuzo Morita. Director Yuzo Morita.

Issey Ogata - A Catalogue of City Life

Issey Ogata - A Catalogue of City Life (One person show) production archive for QTIX code T945160833. Details of all Issey Ogata - A Catalogue of City Life archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1790

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18 Oct 01
21 Oct 01
Riverside Studios
Outer London
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