Sushi Girls, Tony Leliw’s new comedy about a pair of Japanese students living in London, will bring its tale of cultural confusion to Theatro Technis in July. Book your tickets now!
Running as part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, Sushi Girls runs from 25 to 27 July 2019.
Shizuko is the daughter of a multi-millionaire Tokyo restaurant owner who has sent her to London to break up her relationship. Her flatmate Ichika is a a polite girl from a poor family. Shizuko wants to get home and will do anything to make that happen. How far will she go? Are the host family in danger? Host father Anton doesn’t like his student lodgers anyway, and his wife Anna thinks there’s more to Ichika than meets the eye.
Playwright Tony Leliw was inspired to write Sushi Girls by his own experiences as a host to foreign students living in London. In a recent interview he said the two girls were “a compilation of hundreds of students from all countries.” Sushi Girls is his third play, following the autobiographical You What? He’s Ukranian, which previously ran at Theatro Technis, and UktheNuke.
Rina Saito takes the role of Shizuko, with Shina Shihoko Nagai as Ichika. Kate Winder and Mark Keegan play English host family Anton and Anna. Antti Hakala, who also directs, completes the cast as Jimmy.
The Japan-UK Season of Culture aims to showcase Japan’s multi-faceted appeal, taking in culture, art, innovation and technology. The season also includes Shakespeare Company Japan’s Ainu Othello, running at Tara Theatre and Origami Soundscapes X The Crane at Arcola Theatre.
Audiences heading to see the opening performance of Sushi Girls on 25 July may get an extra Japanese treat. Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery are offering a free shot of sake to the first 50 arrivals that night!
Meet the cast
Shina Shihoko Nagai was born in Saitama, Japan and educated in Japan, USA and UK, where she trained at Drama Centre London. She played Huika Siliu in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, while on stage her credits include King Lear, Rhinoceros and Two Boys.
Rina Saito is a Japanese actress and model based in London, whose credits include Aircrash Confidential, Black Rat, Perfect Report and Jack Stall Dead.
Mark Keegan boasts stage credits including Precious Little Talent (Courtyard Theatre), Flutter (Soho Theatre), Istanbul and Sad Girls (both Katzpace). He can also be seen this summer in Past Tents at the White Bear Theatre.
Kate Winder‘s theatre performances include Snowflakes (Oxford Playhouse), Fragments (Tristan Bates Theatre), Man of Mode (Bridewell Theatre), Breezeblock Park (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The Wager (Etcetera Theatre).
Antti Hakala began his career as a comedian, performing in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. His theatre performances include playing Menelaus in The Trojan Women and starring in Tony Leliw’s one-man play UktheNuke.