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Theater groups from all over the country and abroad gather! A short play from Yokohama that spreads around the world! “2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival” Report

全国&海外から演劇集団が集結!横浜から世界に羽ばたく短編演劇を!「第2回 神奈川かもめ短編演劇祭」レポート

What makes the Kanagawa Kamome Short Play Festival unique from other festivals is that all 12 participating groups are divided into Block A and Block B, with six groups each performing three shows over four days, and each group is voted for by the audience, and the final day is a public judging session where the winner is decided by the votes of the six judges, in a battle format. This is almost the same as the " Gekiou Kanagawa V " held in Kanagawa Prefecture last October, where the winner is decided by votes from the audience and the judges.
With this voting system, each group has three chances to perform the performance, so it is advantageous for the performers to brush up on the content each time while checking the reactions of a wide range of audiences, rather than just one performance. At the same time, they must also have the physical strength to consistently demonstrate their abilities in all three performances. Because the evaluations of the judges, who are theater professionals, are mixed with those of the general audience, it is difficult to decide what points to highlight, and the differences in the theatrical views of the performers and the viewers are exposed. It can be said that this is a drama contest that is not easy to follow.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

On the final day, March 5th, after the A and B blocks had finished, a public judging session and awards ceremony were held on stage. The best work was determined by the six judges who made their comments on each work and the judges' scores public. From here, we will introduce the final day's performances in order of appearance.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

[A block]

Shikoku District Representative/Riki Shaka “Wolf Boy”

The past is about to attack a boy who blindly loves his abusive father and mother who only brings him hamburgers once a week, even though he is accused of being a liar with the repeated dramatic line "Don't lie." Absurd scenes unfold one after another that are neither fantasy nor reality, whether in the future or the present. The dialogue, which is played with words, sometimes makes people laugh, but it also creates a thrilling theatrical space where you never know what will happen.

Shaka Chikara “Wolf Boy” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Taiwan representative / Asuwago Seisakusho Co-coism “Concrete Jungle” (with subtitles)

A story of love, conflict, anguish, and separation between a homosexual couple that unfolds in a room in a cluttered city building with a somber atmosphere. From their conversation with a young man who visits a doctor, the story moves naturally to the lives of the lovers. The conversation between the two, who are close friends, gradually becomes tense, and ``he'' tells ``him'' that he is ``marrying (a woman) for the sake of his parents.'' The scene where he strangles his lover in a fit of passion creates tension, and the sadness of "him" remaining alone in the room at the end touches my heart.

Asu Wago Seisakusho Co-coism “Ishigu Forest Concrete Jungle” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Drama Selection Representative/Selected Drama Team “Ashita no Koto”

A special team assembled for this theater festival will perform the plays selected from among 108 publicly solicited plays. One day, a friend returns from overseas and visits the man's room with a souvenir. Coincidentally, on that day, a terrorist incident broke out in the country. While watching the news and saying, ``That's crazy,'' I had a bad feeling about the shocking souvenir of a friend who had shot someone, and something rolled out of his bag. teeth……. This socially-minded conversation drama, set in stylish, all-white art, was full of shocking eeriness that threatened the peaceful daily life.

Selected Drama Team “Ashita no Koto” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Hokkaido District Representative/Wanwans “Is love always a layup? ”

A high school's basketball club has only one member left due to a rule that prohibits romance. The member finally fell in love. A member of the club, who is in agony, decides to give up on his first love in order to continue playing basketball, but the advisor, who was also supposed to have strictly prohibited relationships, shockingly confesses, ``Actually, I have a girlfriend!'' A complete change from the serious plays of the previous two groups. The comical exchanges that unfold as they clash on stage will bring a burst of laughter. At the end, the actor playing the role of the ball appears! His reversal of the game, in which he lowered the basket and took a shot, drew a round of applause.

Wanwans “Love is always a layup? ” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Kansai region representative/ThE 2VS2 “Contradiction/National High School Girls Championship”

``Contradiction'' features a fierce battle on the Saikyo Line during rush hour between a man who prides himself on his molestation techniques that will never be discovered, and a woman who falsely accuses him of molestation and has an ass that you can't help but touch. A double-featured ``National High School Girls Championship'' in which live announcers and commentators enthusiastically broadcast a fictional competitive battle in which two high school girls use various techniques to capture the hearts of men. The passionate dialogue exchanges and flashy actions are typical of a Kansai theater company. The audience enjoyed the sharp and hilarious comedy filled with a humorous spirit of service.

ThE 2VS2 “Contradiction/National High School Girls Championship” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Tokyo area representative/Niyon −bion− “Ferris wheel”

A woman with a fear of heights and a man who is a heavy smoker end up on the same Ferris wheel at an amusement park, and they are forced to ride the Ferris wheel every year on their birthday. The two start a conversation despite being wary, and while the Ferris wheel suddenly stops in the sky, they begin to talk about their lives... The clumsy way of life of the two men and women is revealed through a series of quiet and careful lines, which is endearing. The casual comedy-drama that takes place in everyday life washed my soul, and the nostalgic stage design also caught my eye.

Nichion -bion- "Ferris wheel" Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

[B block]

Tohoku region representative/Gin's Bar "Ihatov's Snow"

A port town in Iwate Prefecture immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake. A man continues to search for the whereabouts of a relative who comes to a school gymnasium that has been turned into a morgue. He claims to be a mortician, and while carefully mourning the bodies whose families have yet to come to pick them up, he continues to speak quietly to them as if they were still alive... From the moment this one-man play, which takes the theme of the Great East Japan Earthquake, begins, you are immediately drawn to the artist's smooth storytelling. The events of that day must never be forgotten. The various thoughts of Mr. Gintaro Ibuse, who lives in the disaster area, touched my heart.

Gin's Bar "Snow of Ihatov" Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

South Korean representative/troupe masterpiece Cornfield “Where the Clock Was” (with subtitles)

A new work by a Korean representative who won both the Kamome Award and the Drama Award at the 1st Kanagawa Kamome Theater Festival. The father, who ran a watch shop, passed away after a long battle with illness, and the daughter he left behind appears in a rejuvenated form, and the two have fun talking about various memories... It was a shame that the actor who played the father was unable to appear in the third performance due to family reasons, and a substitute was substituted at short notice, but the sunflowers were in full bloom, representing the summer season that my father loved. The stage design was beautiful, and the saxophone and guitar music played on stage skillfully created a sad yet warm scene.

Theater Company Masterpiece Cornfield “Where the Clock Was” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Kyushu District Representative/Blue Egonaku “Aru Story”

A story about two men who form a comedy duo and a childhood friend who marries one of them. The story begins with the duo performing manzai at the home as they grow older, and then travels back in time to their younger days, weaving together the sad episodes of friendship and life in which the three of them sometimes pass each other and then connect with each other. go. It was a challenging piece of work that made a complicated script that moves backwards in time and returns to the present in a simple way.

Blue Egonaku “A Story” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Tokai District Representative/Tokai Rengo “And She”

A unique work in which a girl who works as a library committee member talks about her feelings and fantasies about her beloved senior who comes to the library to borrow books in a comical way. The innovative production is also impressive, with all the actors, including the senior role, other than the main girl, miming on stage but not speaking a single word. The actress's ability to keep talking for 20 minutes, describing the scenes and feelings of the girl and her senior, and the detailed script, which is like a novel, are impressive. The big plot twist when the senior who made the audience imagine that he was a really good-looking guy made his appearance drew laughter.

Tokai Rengo “And She” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

China region representative/Com Tantan “Mole on the Moon”

Today, I met a water vendor and her customer for the first time outside the store. The man tells the woman, who is trying to change her unhappy life by wearing a false mole, that the moon has moles, and the two begin a mysterious spell that will make their wishes come true... A woman who uses lies to extract money from a man, and a man who hands over money knowing that he is lying. A woman full of debt who rejects a man who says he loves her. The stage portrays the loneliness and sadness of two people who wish for happiness.

Com Tantan “Mole on the Moon” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Kanagawa District Representative/Chili Actors “Shirazunouchi”

This work won the honor of ``Gekiou'' at ``Gekiou Kanagawa V'' last October. The hilarious conversation drama between the young mother-in-law who neglects Oyashirazu and Oyashirazu himself, who urges him to get rid of me before he gets cavities, is still alive and well. It was impressive to see that the production had been refined for KAAT's large studio, making it a work that was easier to understand and more straightforward to enjoy. The ability of the three actors to rhythmically perform the fast-paced dialogue (their singing skills, which appear as part of the production, are also quite impressive!) also shined even more than in ``Gekiou V.''

Chili Actors “Shizu Uchi” Image provided by: Kanagawa Kamome Short Theater Festival Executive Committee

Public judging & awards ceremony

After the last performance of Blocks A and B, the six judges gathered for the public judging and award ceremony, which took place from 5:30 p.m. Stage designer Rei Koike, playwright/director Yutaka Narui representing theater group Caramel Box, scriptwriter Kazuhiko Ban, playwright/director/choreographer/dancer Mikuni Yanaihara of Nibroll, Magcal Tobiza's playwright/director Kensuke Yokouchi and director/actor Lasalle Ishii, who are also table members, first provided reviews on the 12 works.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

This theater festival brought together a wide variety of works, and it was impressive that each judge gave a multifaceted review based on their own field of expertise. Mr. Narui, Mr. Ban, and Mr. Yokouchi made detailed requests regarding how to finish the script and direction, and also gave hints on how to make the work even better. Mr. LaSalle Ishii explained the mechanisms that create laughter, mainly in comedies, and Mr. Yanaihara also talked about how actors use their bodies. Mr. Koike will also give advice on how to create effective stage art and directing, which is not often talked about. It gave not only the performers but also the audience a perspective unique to theater, asking, ``Is it possible to see things like this?''

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

Before the "Kamome Award" is decided, each award will be announced. The winner of the Drama Award, which was said to be the subject of heated debate among the judges, was ``Ferrissha'' by Nihon. The ``Direction Award'' went to ``Concrete Jungle'' by Taiwan's representative Asuwago Seisakusho Co-coism. The ``Actor Award'' was presented to Akiko Iwase, the writer, director, and star of ``Ferrissha,'' which also won the Drama Award, and received a big round of applause from the audience.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

The next announcement will be the Audience Award, which will be decided by aggregating audience votes from the first day, March 2nd, to today's final day. Based on the voting results displayed on the screen, Chiri Actors' ``Shirazunouchi'', which received 104 votes, won the ``Audience Award'', followed by Nichiren -bion- ``Ferrissha'', and Wanwanz ``Ferrissha'' in 3rd place. Love is always a layup? ” The result was.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

Finally, it was time to announce the "Kamome Award", which will be given to the best work and team. The audience was excited by the thrilling presentation format in which the judges divided the scores among the groups and added them up right in front of their eyes based on the results of the audience vote that had just been announced. Every time a vote was received from each judge, there was an uproar, and the winner of the prestigious "Kamome Award" was Chili Actors, representing the Kanagawa area, who showed great strength in the audience voting!

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

Holding the microphone with an excited expression on his face, director and director Tamashi Oshima, who played the role of Oyashirazu, hugged the members of the troupe and said, ``I'm surprised. It's a great result, with a local representative winning.'' , we're all surprised at how we're going to deal with this from now on (lol), but I want this competition to be even more exciting, and it's really fun to see all the idiots from all over the country who are passionate about short plays come together and interact with each other. From now on, Chili Actors will continue to be based in Kanagawa, so please remember our name when you go back home!'' LaSalle Ishii also commented, ``The tempo was good, the mouth marks were good, and the setting was well done. I think it was a work worthy of the Kamome Award, as it was a deeply interesting and interesting work."

Finally, the participating groups that were in the audience took to the stage, and Tomofumi Nakayama (theater 045 syndicate), who had been the MC from the block tournament, Kazuka Mashima (Resitter Planning), and Satoshi Maruo, the executive committee chairman of the theater festival. , the judges, and the audience came together as one, calling out ``Seagull!'' and ``Fly!'' to end the four-day heated battle.

2nd Kanagawa Kamome Short Drama Festival

In the second part, we will bring you an interview with the Kamome Award-winning theater company Chiriactors and judge LaSalle Ishii. Please enjoy both!

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