performance & dance
performance & theatre

Between the Stones

An evening of Noh theatre presents the world premiere of an English play in the classical Japanese style

Noh is a highly aesthetic form of theatre featuring dance, music and poetry.

The evening opens with Takasago, a classical Noh drama based on the legend of the twin pines of Sumiyoshi and Takasago, a story about love and longevity.

Next, English Noh drama Between the Stones explores how the healing power of gardens can turn the burden of grief into a celebration of life, friendship and love.

Author Jannette Cheong and composer Richard Emmert were hailed by The Stage for their first collaboration at Southbank Centre in 2009: ‘To have created a new Noh play but retained total authenticity is nothing short of brilliant.’

They collaborate with Noh performers Teruhisa and Kinue Oshima and Akira Matsui. Kinue Oshima, the only professional female Noh actor in the Kita school, takes the lead role.

Performed as part of the 2020 Japan-UK Season of Culture, Between the Stones is the third collaboration between Cheong and Emmert, who is the founder of Theatre Nohgaku, and co-produced by Unanico.

The first Cheong-Emmert collaboration, Pagoda, premiered at Southbank Centre in 2009, was the first new Noh play by a British artist.

Dates & times

29 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 12+

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