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“…we were both blown away by the show. The choreography of the movement was exquisite; the acting, superb.” – Mooney On Theatre

“Body and mind, treachery and salvation – the Ahuri company marry these dichotomies with wit and grace…” – NOW Magazine

“… A wonder” – Globe & Mail

“This show was a lot of fun and introduced me to methods of devising work in the tradition of Lecoq. I love international collaborations, and always welcome the opportunity to interface with artists from other perspectives. Wildly inventive and imaginative, in this show I got to run around with horse legs, descend into hellish nightmares, and puppet a monkey.” — Derek

A Fool’s Life is a fantastical tale about a family man coming undone. This original play was inspired by the life and short stories of Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke, often referred to as “the father of the Japanese short story”, and best known as the author of Rashomon. Dark, bizarre, and absurd, this multi-lingual piece combines elements of movement live drumming shadow puppetry and projections on a set made entirely of paper.

Ahuri Theatre presents in association with Why Not Theatre

A Fool’s Life
Conceived and Directed by Dan Watson

World Premiere: September/October 2011
Theatre Centre, Toronto

Richard Lee, Claire Calnan, Derek Kwan, Julian DeZotti, Haruna Kondo

Director: Dan Watson
Set, Costume, and Projection Designers: Sean Frey and Sonja Rainey
Lighting Designer: André du Toit
Sound Designer and Live Percussionist: Gaishi Ishizaka

A Fool’s Life was nominated for six 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in the Independent Theatre category:

  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Ensemble
  • Outstanding Direction
  • Outstanding Set Design
  • Outstanding Lighting Design
  • Outstanding Sound Design (received)
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