Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre Company present

Yasukichi Murakami

  Through a Distant Lens



We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?


After a sell out season at Darwin Festival and rave reviews at Shinju Matsuri Festival Broome, and OzAsia Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, Mayu Kanamori's multilayered work, Yasukichi Murakami - Through a Distant Lens plays at Sydney's SBW Stables Theatre as a special event in Griffin Theatre Company's 2015 program.


Kanamori goes in search of the missing photographs of Yasukichi Murakami - a Japanese-Australian photographer, entrepreneur and inventor, who lived in northern Australia from 1897 until his internment in 1941 - in order to tell the largely forgotten story of the early Japanese in Australia.  Utilising photographic and video projections, sound design, live music and actors, photographs come to life in a conversation between a photographer from the past and one from the present.

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Mon - Fri 7pm
Sat 2pm and 7pm



Written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music/Sound Design Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design  Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha

Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto
with Yumi Umiumare

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Developed with the assistance of the Federal Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; the Japan Foundation and Playwriting Australia.


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