Art & Design

Winds of Change: Staged Readings 2016
Part 4: The Sun by Tomohiro Maekawa

12 December 2016, London

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Yellow Earth and StoneCrabs Theatre Company present a monthly series of events, to introduce to UK audiences the work of some of Japan’s most outstanding playwrights, all of which will be heard in English for the first time.


Part 4



Written by Tomohiro Maekawa
Translated by James Yaegashi
Directed by Tanja Pagnuco


Synopsis: Set in the early 21st century, The Sun is a post-apocalyptic dark vision of the near future. A population decimated by bioterrorism has now been divided into two classes: the genetically superior Nox, who developed miraculous powers after the world was destroyed but who live in darkness; and the weaker Curio, who remain unevolved and do the Nox’s bidding. One day, a Nox is brutally murdered by a Curio, sending the whole society into turmoil. With the dominant Nox about to subsume the Curio, can they overcome their differences and find the humanity to ensure their survival?


Playwright Tomohiro Maekawa's award-winning science fiction story, recently turned into a film, explores the tensions and inequalities of a society riven in half and at breaking point. Maekawa is one of the most sought-after and exciting playwrights Japan has produced in recent years.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Tomohiro Maekawa.


Booking: Tickets for this event are priced at £6 (concessions £5). To purchase tickets, please visit:



This series is organised by the Japan Foundation, StoneCrabs Theatre Company and Yellow Earth Theatre. The project was instigated by StoneCrabs Theatre Company and Yellow Earth Theatre.


Image: Photo by Aki Tanaka

12 December 2016, 7.00pm
The Studio Theatre, RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX


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