Talk: 2.5D Theatre: staging Anime, Manga and Video Games in Europe
4 December 2018, London
In Japan, anime, manga and video games generate their own live shows from radio to musicals and the 2.5D theatre brand is ever growing; part of the broad media mix that carries a popular franchise across every potential platform. Fans are as eager to see these performances as to play the game, buy the novelisation or collect the toys. In the West, Japanese franchises have yet to make real inroads on the stage. But looking at the history of Western fandom and the growing interest in East-Asian entertainment, there are signs that the balance is beginning to shift. As anime becomes more accessible and mainstream, its potential in UK theatre becomes exciting. Theatre faces a challenge to become more diverse, accessible and inclusive; by bringing “high” and “low” art together, 2.5D challenges theatre to break barriers, attract a new audience and create opportunities for British East-Asian artists.
This event is free but booking is essential.