A Translation of Shadows
Have you ever fallen in love with a film star? Have they loved you back? The benshi were live narrators of silent films in Japan until the ‘talkies’ wiped them out. Now, thanks to playful theatre mavericks Stan’s Cafe shooting their own silent film in Tokyo, the benshi is back!
Witty, poetic and subversive, join the benshi for his commentary on Shadows and the lives of its fictional cast. Inevitably he’s in love with the film’s star. As the narrator, the mighty benshi has a chance to change the story and ensure she loves him back… or does he?
a Warwick Arts Centre Commission