Japan Foundation Bangkok

Bangkok Notes

In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Thailand and Japan’s diplomatic relations


(Bangkok Notes)


A Thailand-Japan theatre collaboration led by Prof. Oriza Hirata

Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017’s opening performance


A contemporary play that has touched the audience’s heart around the world


[Venue] Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
(10-minute walk on Henri Dunant Road from BTS Siam, Exit 6;
discounted parking in Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building)
[Date & Time] Thursday to Saturday, November, 2-4 and 9-11, 2017
7:30pm (with 2pm performance on Saturday)
*The premiere on November 2 is also the official opening ceremony of Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017 *
[Tickets] Bt 600 (Students: Bt 300; Artists and audiences younger than 27 years old: Bt 400)
Book at www.BangkokTheatreFestival.com, or 08 1559 7252 and 0 2218 4802


A contemporary Japanese classic, in Thai for the first time


Japan Foundation Bangkok and the “World Performances @ Drama Chula” programme by Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University present Bangkok Notes, with the original script  written and directed by Prof. Oriza Hirata, an internationally acclaimed artist and scholar. The curtain raiser for “Bangkok Theatre Festival 2017: Sharing Moments” at Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, this production is also part of the celebration of the 130th anniversary of Thailand and Japan’s diplomatic relations.


Adapted from Tokyo Notes—which was inspired by Yasujiro Ozu’s film “Tokyo Story”—the story of Bangkok Notes takes place in the lobby of an art museum in the near future in Bangkok. A major war is being waged in Europe and many paintings, including those by Vermeer, have been moved here. Thai family members, friends and lovers continue their fragmentary conversation on how to take care of their ageing parents, future careers, love, inheritance and whatnot. The play portrays how Bangkok people lead their ordinary everyday lives, reveal a whole range of problems and crises of our modern society.


Tokyo Notes has been translated into 15 languages for productions in many cities around the world, including at Festival d’Avignon in France. One of the most critically acclaimed works of Hirata’s “contemporary colloquial theatre”, the play has also created artistic collaboration and cultural exchange in Seoul Notes (2013), Taipei Notes (September 2017, as part of Taipei Arts Festival, with support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture), Bangkok Notes (November 2017, as part of Bangkok Theatre Festival, with support from Japan Foundation) and Manila Notes, next year.


To make sure that the Thai script communicates well with the local Thai audience, Sawita Diteeyont, Chulalongkorn University lecturer whose PhD thesis is on play adaptation and who is writing TV drama scripts, has been working on the adaptation closely with the Japanese director and Thai actors. Leading the 20-member cast are Sumontha Suanpholrat and Varattha Tongyoo, both of whom have won IATC (International Association of Theatre Critics) Thailand Awards for best performance by a female actor in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Undergraduate and graduate students in theatre portray the supporting roles. Also in the cast are Anatta Theatre Group’s Duangjai Hirunsri, B-Floor Theatre’s Teerawat Mulvilai, Sao Soong Theatre’s Nut Nualpang, and hence this Thailand-Japan collaboration project has brought together artists from various groups of Bangkok Theatre Network—the same way Hideki Noda’s Red Demon (Akaoni) and Nikorn Sae Tang’s Girl of the Soil (Nogyo Shojo) did in 1997 and 2009.



For more information:
Japan Foundation Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-Mit Tower, 159 Asoke-Montri Road, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 0 2260 8560-4 Fax: 0 2260 8565    Facebook: @JFBangkok or @DramaArtsChula


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