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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. Issey Ogata website.

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Work type: One person show.

A Catalogue of City Life - T945160833

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.Producer Mark Goucher (for Condensed Theatre Ltd). Author Issey Ogata. Author Yuzo Morita. Director Yuzo Morita. Performer Dan Schlesigner (simultaneous translation).
18 Oct 01 to 21 Oct 01Riverside Studios, Outer London :: V331
listing details L280483019

A Catalogue of City Life - T02128237009

The cult Japanese comedian and performer returns to London following his success at the Lyric Hammersmith.Author Issey Ogata. Author Yuzo Morita. Producer Mark Goucher (for Condensed Theatre Ltd). Director Yuzo Morita. Adapted by Timothy Screech.
27 Sep 00 to 30 Sep 00Riverside Studios, Outer London :: V331
listing details L0803859290

Other listings

24 Feb 98 to 14 Mar 98Lyric Theatre, West End :: V399
listing details L0796534506

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