Sagi Musume

A sensational on-stage transformation in Kabuki. The play is Sagi Musume, meaning Heron Maiden. The actor is Bando Tamasaburo, a celebrated onnagata (man specialising in female roles.) In Kabuki it is customary for all female roles to be performed by men, much like the actors of Shakespeare’s time. However, the earliest form of Kabuki, during the Edo period, was in fact performed by an all female cast until it was outlawed for women to appear on the Kabuki stage in 1629.

Tempest and Twelfth Night

Shelley Page visited us today and set us our next brief for the RSC! I’ll write more on this after the Moving Poster brief is complete.. but just for now here is the portion of the animated Twelfth Night. These animated tales (particularly this one) sparked an interest in Shakespeare when I was a kid, so by the time I came to study the plays as a teenager I could appreciated them as both entertaining and exciting.

 

DONMAR

I just came back from the theatre, my friend is in the play The Recruiting Officer. It was such a treat to go to the Donmar, it’s so tiny and you can sit on three sides of the stage, so your perspective is really involving and far more dynamic. The choreography becomes more apparent and complex, rather than just flat on to the scene. A stronger sense of characters relating to each other in the foreground and background. It made me want to draw acting so much. I must see if I can get to draw the drama students rehearsing at Saint Martins. Anyway, Nancy was brilliant as the cross-dressing Silvia (below) and Mackenzie Crook played an entertaining and crafty Sergeant Kite.