Oppenheimer Noh

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Music Workshop

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Oppenheimer is a new Noh play in English about the American scientist, J Robert Oppenheimer, and the development of the atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago, on 6 August 1945. It uses the conventions of Noh, and an old Zen story about a fox, to explore issues of brilliant insight, horrific consequences, profound regret and atonement. Oppenheimer is a collaboration between author Allan Marett, composer Richard Emmert and master actor-teacher of the Kita School of Japanese classical Noh theatre, Akira Matsui, who will choreograph and direct the production. The principal performers are Japanese professionals or members of the Japanese-American Noh troupe, Theatre Nohgaku. The performance will feature classical and new masks made by master mask-maker Kitazawa Hideta.

Proudly supported by the Japan Foundation


Adult $65 / Concession $45 – available via classikON

Principal actor (shite): John Oglevee
Companion actor (tsure): Akira Matsui
Secondary actor (waki): David Crandall
Head of chorus (jigashira): Richard Emmert
Interlude actors (ai-kyogen): Gary Watson, Yoke Chin

Flute (nokan): Takizawa Narumi
Small shoulder drum (kotsuzumi): Omura Kayu
Large hip drum (otsuzumi): Okura Eitaro
Stick drum (taiko) Yoshitani Kiyoshi

Stage assistants (koken): Omura Sadamu, Kitazawa Hideta

About the author: For almost 30 years Allan Marett taught in the Music Department at the University of Sydney, specialising in Japanese and Australian Aboriginal music. This is the second Noh play that he has created with Emmert and Matsui. The first was Eliza, an English-language Noh play about Eliza Fraser and her imagined encounters with Aboriginal song and ceremony.