Got to Make them Sing!

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Written by Ai Nagai
Translated by Mari Boyd
Directed by Kim Pearce

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2016, from 7:00pm
Venue: The Studio Theatre, RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX

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Synopsis: At a public high school in Tokyo, a few hours before the annual graduation ceremony, Michiru former chanson singer, now music teacher and school pianist has lost her contact lens putting at risk her ability to play the national anthem. As the high school’s principal and his colleagues try to find a solution, they also have to deal with Haijima, the social studies teacher, who threatens to bring the whole school into disrepute.

Hilariously dark and using the Tokyo Board of Education’s decision to punish teachers who fail to comply with the ruling to raise the flag and sing the national anthem at graduation ceremonies, Ai Nagai’s contemporary social comedy Got To Make Them Sing calls in to question the very nature of freedom of thought and conscience, and just how far we are prepared to fight for it.

Ai Nagai is one of Japan’s foremost playwrights of her generation. Got To Make Them Sing is one of her most popular plays, first staged in 2005 by the Nitosha Theatre Company.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Ai Nagai

Upcoming events as part of the Staged Readings 2016 series:

12 November
PART THREE:
PIGHEAD
Written by Toshinobu Kojo
Directed by Kwong Loke

Followed by Q&A with writer

12 December
PART FOUR:
THE SUN
Written by Tomohiro Maekawa

Followed by Q&A with writer

Click here to read about previous readings

Global Baby Factory
Written by Atsuto Suzuki
Directed by Kumiko Mendl

Over 180 People attended the first staged playreading held at RADA Studios. Director General of Japan Foundation Europe and UK, Mana Takatori introduced the reading and a Q & A followed the performance with writer Atsuto Suzuki.