Nigerian folk tale to transport theater-goers to the end of the world


Staff Writer

Deaf Puppet Theater Hitomi is a company aimed at appealing to all audiences, regardless of nationality, age, language and disability.

The company, commemorating its 30th anniversary, is performing the Nigerian tale “Mori to Yoru to Sekai no Hate eno Tabi (The Journey to the Forest, the Night and the End of the World)” on July 20.

The 90-minute show, written by noted playwright Hiroshi Koike and performed by a mix of actors including those who are hearing-impaired, is based on the late Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola’s “The Palm-Wine Drinkard.” Widely acclaimed in the West, it is a folklore-inspired tale of a palm-wine addict who travels to the realm of the dead to bring two people back to the land of the living: his wealthy dad and a superb palm wine-making master. There, the man encounters magic, ghosts and demons.

“The Journey to the Forest, the Night and the End of the World” will be held at Rikkokai Hall on July 20. Advance tickets are ¥2,500 for adults and ¥1,500 for high school students and younger. Tickets at the door are ¥2,800 and ¥1,800, respectively. For more information, call (044) 777-2228 or visit www.deaf.puppet.or.jp/30top.html.