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Writer : Sayaka Murata
Director : Jack McNamara

"This society hasn't changed one bit. People who don't fit into the village are expelled"
Sayaka Murata

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Meet Keiko Furukura whose world is centred in the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart. Single, 36 and working her daily routine, Keiko might even be happy. Only society has other plans for her...

Following our award-winning production of The Fishermen, we bring the global bestseller, Sayaka Muratsa's quirky and profound novel to the stage for the first time.
This new off-beat Japanese comedy will transport you into a uniquely modern world in a deadpan, moving tale that takes a side-ways view of life and how it's possible to find happiness in the unlikeliest of places.

Praise for the novel:
"Irresistibly quirky" The Guardian
"As intoxicating as a sake mojito" Vogue

Target audience age: 14yrs+
Running time: approx 70 mins


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more


Quirky international bestseller

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
National rural tour Autumn 2020
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's hilarious and surreal story for 3 - 7yrs and families
 A New Perspectives and Unicorn co-production, available for Christmas 2020/Spring 2021


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