masterclass series

Adelaide Fringe Masterclass: SHOWKO (Rakugo / comedy)



Welcome to the quirky and hilarious world of Showko -- Australia's favourite Japanese comedian. Wonderfully funny and off-beat, Showko's blend of stand-up, puppetry, ventriloquism and Rakugo (Japanese storytelling comedy) is hugely entertaining and utterly unique. Growing up in the kookiest culture on earth, she escaped into a childhood fantasy world of making and talking to puppets -- now it's her job.

Expand your cultural horizons with this masterclass into a 400 year old Japanese storytelling art form. This is a rare opportunity for Australian artists and performers to learn from Showko - The only professionally trained Japanese Rakugo artist currently working outside of Japan.

A Rakugo story is told by a performer who has to act out a story by themselves with only two humble props, a folding fan (Sensu) and hand towel (Tenugui). They must be able play the role of each distinct character by changing personality, facial expression, mannerisms, speech, etc. Due to the simple structure they can express and describe anything, drawing the viewer into the story through their imagination.

This masterclass covers the very traditional fundamental structure of Rakugo.

Participants: Performers: Comedians, Dancers, Actors, Circus Performers, Physical Theatre Artists, Ventriloquists…

Venue: The Mill’s Breakout Space. 154 Angas Street, Adelaide.

Date/Time: Sunday 10th March, 1pm-3pm