Photo by Masahiko Yakou

Japan is the only country in the world that has experienced the nuclear bomb. A leading stage director of Japan, Koichi Kimura has taken the writings, memoirs and journals of the actual victims of the bombing and created a reading play with the central theme of “Mother and Child”
Ever since its first production in 1985, the play has had nearly 800 performances all over Japan.
The words of children just before their death; the remorse of the Mother who scolded her child because he didn’t eat his breakfast; the young boy who has to cremate his dead parents . . . The episodes are heart-wrenching at times and truly moving.
The play does not cry out against war, nor does it rant about being victimized. It simply weaves words of affection and bonding between the Mother and Child.
A young girl who has leukemia as a result of the A-bomb writes, “I will live,
I will survive” despite her suffering and dreams of a better tomorrow.
We want the world to hear the brave, positive messages of hope that the children had before their short lives drew to a close.

Towards his end, I couldn’t help saying, “I’ll go with you.”
But he answered, “No. You can come later.”
He also added, “It’s all right because I was able to see you before I go.”

Simultaneous English translation will be provided at all performances.
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Cast & Creative

[Conceived and Directed by] Koichi KIMURA
[Performed by] Natsuki Oh / Kazuko Kato / Kaho Shimada / Norie Takahashi / Toshie Negishi / Hideko Hara


Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.