Do you have a dream?
당신은 꿈 이 있습니까?
My Korean friend "Sang Woong" is an West End actor!
내 친구 는 웨스트 엔드 배우 입니다!
He has been acting an important roll in Miss Saigon.
And he doesn't have a dream.
그러나 그는 꿈 을 가지고 있지 않습니다.
He answered me that he just did something that was given him,
그는 주어진 것을 할 뿐이라고 말했다.
when I asked him the question last week after I watched Miss Saigon.
I was touched by his performance.
Prince Edward Theatre where Miss Saigon takes place was really big!
Whereas he was not tall but his acting was really powerful!
It seemed that an actor's dream has come true!
But it was wrong. He hasn't had a dream. He isn't dreaming even now.
He just does something that is given him and he shall do it in the future.
I'm proud of him and what he said.
I'd like to let you know about my show.
As I announced before,
My play Blue Demon has been selected for a playreading festival.
There's going to be a single performance of a reading with professional actors in London.
The name of the festival is Typhoon that is organised by Yellow Earth Theatre.
The Festival is going to take place at Rich Mix theatre and Soho Theatre.
The 5th of March has been fixed as the date of my performance.
And I've changed the title. "Blue Demon" turned into "The Bite" as the English title!
As you can see,
most playwrights who has been selected are native English speakers except me!
I'm so honoured!
It was the 3rd day of Puppetry Foundation Course of Little Angel Theatre today.
We learnt a basic idea of manipulating puppets through animating a bin bag.
Yes! Today's puppet is a bin bag! It was amazing, wasn't it?
First of all, we explored potentiality of a bin bag as material.
We looked for 5 different ways of movement using a bin bag.
We also explored relationship between a bin bag as a puppet and a puppeteer.
Secondly, We let it breathe.
Finally, we learnt how to step while we manipulated a bin bag.
We don't move, when a bin bag are moving.
And a bin bag doesn't move, when we are moving.
I was very excited!
I'm looking for a clue to grab at my own theme to keep on writing plays.
I watched a contemporary dance at Stratford Circus yesterday.
It was a solo-performance for children aged 7 plus but it seemed to me to a show for adults.
The title is Chotto Desh. It's a tale of a young man's dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh.
The funniest scene for me was the scene that his father was scolding.
He danced and acted his father by himself.
The dancer painted eyes, eyebrow and a mouth of his father on a bald top of his head
and began to dance keeping his face down, in short,
His painted face faced audience all the time.
It was deadly funny but I felt serious.
The theme of it was about immigrants, wasn't it?
When a voice of his father on speakers was scolding him,
He was dancing all sorts of dances,
for instance, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Boxing, and Dance like Michael Jackson that audience of children liked very much and eventually,
he found his own contemporary dance.
And then I found I was touched by a story about identity all the time,
such as Billy Elliot and Bent it like Beckham.
I should think about identity, shouldn't I?
Is it a boring or commonplace theme?
No, it isn't not! It's up to me.
My life is really kind of hectic just at the moment.
I met an Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre that hosts a play-reading festival today.
We talked about her interpretation and casting of my play.
She commented that my play was very different from others and very Japanese.
I didn't find my play Japanese but I was happy to hear that.
After the meeting, I got home and then I managed to finish to write another short play.
It had been hard to write a play taking part in some workshops.
However, I think I've actually got used to my London life recently.
I no longer feel annoyed and depressed when I go to see a play.
I'm thinking of a next step. What should I do?
But my English speaking doesn't improve at all.
I've got to read as many books as possible!
By the way,
I had a course of puppetry yesterday.
I learnt how to manipulate a table top puppet and a marionette.
There weren't Japanese participants except me.
Most participants were theatre artists.
It was good for me to improve my English speaking and make friends with other theatre artists.
And most of them were women. That was good for me as well.
I'm deadly busy this week.
I've taken three workshops.
The first one is Puppetry Foundation Course of Little Angel Theatre.
The second one is Table Top and Bunraku Puppetry Course of Little Angel Theatre.
The third one is Complicite Open Workshop: Adapting the Encounter.
I just uploaded some pictures of puppets.
I'm thinking about adaptation now.
I watched three shows yesterday.
One of them was "I believed in unicorns" at the Orange Tree theatre.
It was the second time I watched the play.
I liked it when I watched it for the first time so I bought both the original story and the adapted script.
It is a story by Michael Morpurgo and about reading books.
There are three main characters who are a boy called Tomas, his father and a librarian.
A leading role in the original story is Tomas but a leading role in the adapted script is a librarian.
And the play is a mono-drama that is very interactive.
I enjoyed it cos there are a lot of metaphoric ways that you call Mitate in Japanese.
I don't know how to explain about MITATE in English.
Anyway, the performer did well using Mitate with books.
But, in my opinion, the most important thing in the original story is telling us about war through reading books.
Why is reading books important?
Cos reading books has magical powers like unicorns.
Unicorns metaphorise that books make your mind open and make you want to ask questions.
As you know, war wants you not to ask questions.
It wants you to do as you're told.
In that perspective, we have a dilemma.
The show is enjoyable for children but it is too enjoyable to catch the essence of the original story.
However I don't know how to catch it and I really enjoyed the show.
I'm not sure whether young audience can understand the essence of it, either.
I watched a musical called Bend It Like Beckham.
It was better than I expected. I really enjoyed it.
It was like Indian version of Billy Elliot.
A girl who has talent of football faces the disapproval of her parents.
Because she is a girl and Indian.
It was a story about identity of an Indian girl.
There were a lot of Indian dance scenes and they were exciting.
The actress of a leading role was excellent as well.
She had a very expressive face.
And I was happy to watch it in London,
cos I think it represents one of aspects of contemporary British culture.
It makes me want to watch the film of Bend It Like Beckham.
I live here as if I become a child cos I can't speak English well.
I speak English like a pupil.
However, that's why I can find one of truth.
One of my friends in Japan suggested me to read a lot of easy books to improve my English speaking,
So I began to read books of juvenile literature from the Christmas Holidays.
I read four books so far.
It was easy for me to read and understand them
and all of them were excellent.
And the most interesting one for me was
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
There were a lot of simple phrases but I was touched.
I came to realise that it doesn't matter whether you know a lot of difficult words.
What if you were an English writer?
What if Louis Sachar were a Japanese writer?
It is important to see something in your heart.
it is a story about a boy who doesn't like his school and is good at lying.
And then he meets a strange counselor.
I had a splendid time on New Year's Eve with my Korean friends who have been from Tokyo.
One of them brought soba from Japan so we were able to have Toshikoshi Soba here.
It was special for me to have Toshikoshi Soba in London.
I appreciate my friends bringing it.
I felt that it was happy to see fireworks in celebration of new year and not to see bombs by terrorists.
A lot of things would happen this year.
But we just live, that's all.
Don't be afraid of anything might happen or not happen.