26/11/2014 Rakugo (Japanese 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling) in Glasgow

You are warmly invited to a forthcoming special performance of rakugo (a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan).

Date: Wednesday 26 November

Time: 17:45-20:00 (door open at 17:30)

Place: Andrew Stewart Cinema (Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ)

Performer: Katsura Sunshine

(The performance will be in English.)


Free, open to all; but please register to ensure seat allocation at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/katsura-sunshine-at-the-university-of-glasgow-tickets-14288704901

This event is organised in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan.


What is Rakugo?

Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story. The storyteller differentiates characters in conversation by moving his head from left to right, as well as with subtle changes in tempo, posture, intonation, etc.

About Katsura Sunshine

Sunshine was born in Toronto, Ontario, to parents of Slovenian origin. In 2008, Sunshine was accepted as an apprentice to the great Rakugo storytelling master, Katsura Bunshi VI (then named Katsura Sanshi), and subsequently received the name Katsura Sunshine. Sunshine received his professional debut in Singapore the following year, and completed his three-year Rakugo apprenticeship in November, 2012. Sunshine is the first ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan. He is the only Western professional Rakugo storyteller at the present time. Sunshine is also the Cultural Ambassador for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Japan.

More detail about Rakugo and Katsura Sunshine: http://katsurasunshine.com/

First published: 13 November 2014