National Theatre Wales season to include production in Japan

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National Theatre Wales has announced its third season, including its first international production – in Japan.

The Opportunity of Efficiency, written by Alan Harris and directed by NTW artistic director John McGrath, will be performed in Japanese at the New National Theatre in Tokyo in April this year.

It marks one of four ‘residencies’ that the NTW – which is not based in one particular building – will undertake during 2013.

Its three Welsh residencies will see the company stage De Cabay, a site-specific exploration of the Butetown area of Cardiff, with a focus on a group of young Somali poets living there. This will open the season in March. In June, NTW will stage Things I Forgot I Remembered, in a co-production with Hoipolloi, staged as an audio tour on Anglesey. In October, in South Wales, the company will stage Tonypandemonium by Rachel Trezise, an autobiographical play.

Other productions for the year include Praxis Makes Perfect touring rock gig by Neon Neon based on the life of left-wing Italian political activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, and Silly Kings, a theatrical adaptation of Fairy Tales by former Monty Python Terry Jones, which will be staged at Cardiff Castle.

McGrath said: “Everyone at NTW is immensely excited to be launching into our third year of work. With projects ranging from our premiere in Tokyo to our Anglesey and Treorchy residencies to our Christmas takeover of Cardiff Castle, we are truly digging deeper and travelling further than ever before. And with artists ranging from Gruff Rhys to Terry Jones to Rachel Trezise on board, we can once again promise the very best of Welsh talent to ever-growing Welsh and international audiences.”