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Harajuku Girls

Harajuku GirlsT01981185559
On Jingu Bridge in Tokyo, teenage girls dress in cosplay outfits for fun, fashion, and the fantasy of being someone else, but for Mari, Keiko and Yumi, their schooldays are over... In a race to escape from overbearing parents, stifling dead-end jobs and economic deprivation, they find their way to Kabukicho, a district of panty shops, love hotels and image clubs, where every aspect of the body and soul can be bought and sold. Only they can decide how far they're willing to go. As the three young women grow up and apart, they tread a dangerously fine line between empowerment and victimhood as they struggle to pursue their dreams, despite the obstacles that society and tradition put in their way.?
Author Francis Turnly

Archive :: production:T01981185559, play:S702177928, venue:V199

Production details

Running time: approx. 2hrs including one interval of twenty minutes.


Other spaces: The Finborough
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From24th February 2015
Opened26th February 2015
To21st March 2015
WhenTue-Sat 19:30. Sun Mats 15:00. Sat Mats 15:00 (from Mar 7)
What is currently on at Finborough (V199)



Harajuku Girls review
03Mar15: Francis Turnly's play at the Finborough Theatre
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Presented byNicholas Goh
Company Papergang Theatre
Company China Dolls Productions (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre)
Director Jude Christian
Design Cecile Tremolieres
Costume Cecile Tremolieres
Sound Helen Skiera
Lighting Sarah McColgan
Performer Haruka Be (Mari)
Performer Nomo Gakuji (Mr Okada / Mr Chiba)
Performer Meg Kubota (Mrs Okada)
Performer Kunjue Li (Yumi / Fumiko)
Performer Elizabeth Tan (Keiko)
Performer Sadao Ueda (Panty Shop Owner / Mr Narita / Mr Nakamura)
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