Philip Ridley's children's novel directed by Akira Shirai!
Recreation as a work for children living "now" with young actors
At the Setagaya Public Theater in March 2023,Akira ShiraiWe will perform "MERCEDES ICE" by the production.
This work is a work created by Shirai in 2012 based on the children's novel of the same name by British playwright Philip Ridley.Shirai has worked on many Ridley works so far, and has performed five works at the Setagaya Public Theater. As he says, "From the moment I encounter his work, the world written in it emerges as a picture in my head." You can call me a writer.
The story depicts three generations of people living in a huge tower (Shadow Point) in the center of the city, living with love, hate, joy and sorrow.Appearing are all familiar things, such as fishmongers, cake shops, and construction of skyscraper apartments, but what is spreading there is a strange and fantastic world that has never been seen for some reason.But before you know it, it's filled with a mysterious charm that reveals the essence of our lives and society.
This work, which Shirai himself had a feeling of "I would definitely like to do again", will be recreated as a work for children living in the "now" with young actors who are remarkably growing.
A new "MERCEDES ICE" launched with attractive seasonal actors
Playing the main character Mercedes Ice is an up-and-comingKanata Hosoda.She has been eager to appear in Shirai's production for a long time, and this time she was fully selected for the role of Mercedes Ice.
A talented actor who is active mainly on the stage plays the role of Hickory, a pure girl who is a childhood friend of Mercedes.Toyohara Erika.
The role of Rosie, the mother of Mercedes, has attracted attention with her delicate and reliable acting skills in numerous works.Ayaka Higashino.
In addition, although he is young, he is active not only on stage but also in many video works.Yasunobu Shinohara,Shin Namura,Minami Ohba, Yu Saito, Mai ImaizumiThe actors of the acting group have been aligned.
And Shirai puts tremendous trust in the role of the shadow tower worker (the narrator of the whole work) that supports the whole story.Satoshi Matsuois played by
Along with the charming seasonal actors, we will launch a new “MERCEDES ICE” that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Free admission for guests under the age of 18
This summer, have an exceptionally memorable theater experience at the theater
This performance, "Setagaya Children's Project 2023" "Stage Edition", is limited to 150 people each time (1500 people in total), and customers under the age of 18 are invited free of charge (reservation required and ticketing fee).
With the idea of ``making the theater a more open place'' and the wish of ``I want children to fully feel the theater space'', I will introduce children to the strange and mysterious world of Philip Ridley. Artistic director Akira Shirai will deliver a memorable theatrical experience for children and adults alike this summer vacation.