Norimizu Ameya “Blue Tarp” in Tokyo

  • Events
  • November 14 - December 6, 2015
  • Former Toshima City 10th Junior High School

About the event

A story of trauma and hope, told by Fukushima high school students
“Blue Tarp” was first developed with 10 students from Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Sogo Senior High School in 2013. The students performed it in the grounds of their school, housed in a temporary building and with the signs of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami’s destruction still visible in the background. This haunting story of life, death, and hope saw the students struggle to come to terms with their absent classmate. Though performed for only two days, it won great acclaim and was awarded Japan’s top drama prize. Two years on, it is revived with some of the original cast and new students in the grounds of a former school in Toshima.


Norimizu Ameya
Director, artist
Born in 1961. Norimizu Ameya initially worked with Juro Kara’s theatre company before founding Tokyo Grand Guignol 1984. In the 1990’s, he moved into the field of visual art. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1995 but then went on an artistic hiatus for some years, during which time he opened a pet shop. He returned to visual art in 2005 and to theatre in 2007. His theatre work has previously appeared at F/T in 2009 with a revival of his 2007 SPAC production of “Transfer Student” (by Oriza Hirata) and a staging of “4.48 Psychosis” (by Sarah Kane), followed by “The shape of me” in 2010, and “ground” in 2011. He created an art tour of the Kunisaki peninsula in 2012 and 2014, along with novelist Mariko Asabuki. In 2013, he won the 58th Kishida Kunio Drama Award for “Blue Tarp”, which was presented in 2013 at Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Sogo Senior High School. In the same year, he also took part in Osaka International Art Festival for Kids with a play for children created by his own family. He formed a new group, Grand Guignol Future, in 2014, creating a performance based on an actual aviation accident with art critic Noi Sawaragi. In his wide-ranging work he has also performed with the likes of Takahiro Fujita (mum & gypsy), Fuyuki Yamakawa, and Otomo Yoshihide.

Ticket information

Advance: ¥3,500 (Standing: ¥2,500)
Day: ¥4,000 (Standing: ¥3,000)
Unreserved seating

Buy Tickets: http://www.festival-tokyo.jp/15/en/ticket/


Former Toshima City 10th Junior High School

4-8-19 Chihaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan 171-0044


11/14 (Sat) 11:00/14:30
11/15 (Sun) 11:00/14:30
12/4 (Fri) 14:30
12/5 (Sat) 11:00/14:30
12/6 (Sun) 11:00


Text, Direction
Norimizu Ameya
Assistant Director
Aki Nishijima
Stage Design, Sound
Norimizu Ameya
Technical Manager
Eiji Torakawa
Stage Manager
Koro Suzuki
Sound Co-ordination
Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Production Co-ordination
Masanori Okuno, Akane Nakamura (precog), Toshifumi Matsumiya, Hirotomo Kojima, Sachio Ichimura (Festival/Tokyo)
Presented by
In co-operation with
Fukushima Prefectural Iwaki Sogo Senior High School

Press release

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