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. The cult Japanese comedian and performer returns to London following his success at the Lyric Hammersmith. Issey Ogata - A Catalogue of City Life website
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Author Issey Ogata. Author Yuzo Morita. Producer Mark Goucher (for Condensed Theatre Ltd). Director Yuzo Morita. Adapted by Timothy Screech.