Devised by Caroline Dunphy & Katherine Lyall-Watson

A hyper-realistic fantasy of a girl’s journey from a traditional Japanese Noh play into an east-west inspired future world.
A TOP 10 must see Brisbane Festival Show
— Concrete Playground, 2016
HANAKO is an official Brisbane Powerhouse Sweet Selection.
— Brisbane Powerhouse, 2016
Hanako Production Image 5


HANAKO premiered during Brisbane Festival 2016

13-17 Sept 2016, Brisbane Powerhouse | DURATION 75 mins | AGES 15+

Production photography by Barbara Lowing.

HANAKO plunges the audience into the hyper-realistic fantasy of a young Japanese girl journeying from the pages of a traditional Noh play into an imagined future-world as she attempts to escape the control of two warring adults from East and West, past and present. Traditional Japan collides with contemporary urban culture, music, anime and fashion as the audience follows Hanako on her precarious journey into the future.

A trailer for Belloo Creative's production of HANAKO by Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy. Music and sound by Dane Alexander Cast: Kimie Tsukakoshi, Noriaki Okubo, Caroline Dunphy, Masako Mizusawa, Zachary Boulton, Caitlin Hill and Nicole Harvey. HANAKO premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Brisbane Festival 2016.


Director & Co-creator: Caroline Dunphy
Writer & Co-creator: Katherine Lyall-Watson
Performers: Noriaki Okubo, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Caroline Dunphy, Zachary Boulton, Masako Mizusawa, Nicole Harvey and Catilin Hill
Trailer Production: Optikal Bloc
Video Production & Photography: Drift Pictures
Dramaturg: Kathryn Kelly
Producer: Danielle Shankey
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer & Composer: Dane Alexander
Set Designer: Jonathan Shankey
Costume Designer: Kathyrn Walsh
Graphic Designer/ Illustrator & Exhibition Curator:Tiffany Atkin
Illustrator: Tiffany Atkin
Artwork: Brydie Cossar
Marketing Manager: Madeline Römcke
Production Manager: Nicola Jones
Stage Manager: Jeremy Gordon
Assistant Stage Manager: Danielle Maxwell
Video Production & Photography: Joel Kishinevsky, Drift Pictures
Production Photography: Barbara Lowing
Soundtrack includes Deed by Steven Porter

Supporters & Acknowledgements

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. HANAKO is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH. HANAKO is made possible thanks to our cultural partners and corporate supporters.