Hanafuda Denki

Tokyo’s Ryuanji Company

C Chamber Street

From 12 August 2012 to 18 August 2012

Rating: ***

Review by Catherine Lamm

Set in a funeral parlour where the staff are all dead and they provide services pre and post mortem, the daughter has married someone still alive.

This musical boast a cast of twelve performers, none great singers or dancers. But they are well versed in the style and in the ensemble. The music is engaging, the costumes and makeup are elaborate and colourful.

Done at a dizzying pace in Japanese with superscript, it is very stylized and, like panto burlesque, may not be to everyone’s taste. But we get an excellent picture of this style of theatre.