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Theatre Collective HANCHU-YUEI

We are actively translating plays and hoping to perform and collaborate internationally.

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+81 9061821813


HANCHU-YUEI is a theatre collective based in Tokyo, founded in 2007, and tours nationally and internationally.

Suguru Yamamoto writes and directs for the theatre collective.


His works focus on the boundary of reality and unreality, and the story travels between each side of the boundary and questions the locations of un/reality.


Suguru’s creation starts at the topics that he comes up with, such as life and death, family, sense and words, collective society…and aims further to access universal ‘questions’.


His works have received attention not only in Japan but in other Asian countries for his unique way of rendition integrating the projected letters, photos, movies, colours, lights and shadows with the performers on the stage, and for his strong scripts, which often makes the audience question their ethical viewpoint and boundaries.


He was awarded the Best Original Script and the Best Play in Bangkok Theatre Festival 2014 for “Girl X.”

He won the 66th Kishida Kunio Drama Award for “BANANA FLOWER CAN BE EATEN.”


The constituent members of HANCHU-YUEI are six –

Suguru Yamamoto (representative, playwright, stage director),

Sachiro Nomoto, Kan Fukuhara (all the above actors),

Kazuki Takakura (art director),

Satoshi Kawaguchi (writer),

and Momo Sakamoto (producer).


Suguru Yamamoto

Theatre writer/director, HANCHU-YUEI representative.

Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1987.

Grounded in the films, literature, music and art he absorbed from a young age, he constructs a world on stage which vividly reflects the modern “information society” where ethics and moral values change at an accelerated pace.


He has a wide repertoire, include "The Theatre on the Other Side," which is also a platform for online creation, "Series Adults and Children" that can be enjoyed together with children, and workshops for young people and welfare facilities.

He has been involved in many performances, international co-productions, and plays in other Asian countries and North America.


“Girl X” garnered him the Bangkok Theatre Festival 2014 Award for Best Original Script and Best Play.

He won the 66th Kishida Kunio Drama Award for “BANANA FLOWER CAN BE EATEN.”


Yamamoto is a Fellow of The Saison Foundation.


Overseas:TPAM in YOKOHAMA participation led to international expansion.



Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur.

Thailand. Bangkok.

India. Kerala, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai. Singapore.

China. Hangzhou.

U.S.A. New York.

Australia. Sydney.

●International collaboration


Malaysia:×Ayam Fared. Malay ver.『Gadis X』

Thailand:×Democrazy Theater. Thailand ver.『Girl X』

India:×The Tadpole Repertory. Co-Script, Co- Direction, Co-Acting. 『THIS WILL ONLY TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES-』

Singapore:×The Nscessary Stage. Haresh Sharma. Alvin Tan. Co-Script, Co-Direction, Co-Acting.『SANCTUARY』


●Projects centered on international exchange, such as providing plays and symposiums.

USA:Japan Society's Play Reading Series Continues with "Girl X"

Indonesia:Asian Playwrights Conference 2019

Korea:9th Modan Japanese Drama Reading 『This Night and His Friends』


●Study Abroad


Asian Cultural Council (ACC) 2018 New York fellowship.(interhalf year)

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