created by Caroline Dunphy & Katherine Lyall-Watson

By Katherine Lyall-Watson
Directed by Caroline Dunphy

A hyper-realistic fantasy of a girl’s journey from a traditional Japanese Noh play into an east-west inspired future world.

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.

Kimie Tsukakoshi

Kimie Tsukakoshi



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.

A TOP 10 must see Brisbane Festival Show
— Concrete Playground, 2016
HANAKO is an official Brisbane Powerhouse Sweet Selection.
— Brisbane Powerhouse, 2016
Hanako... represents all that is wonderful about festival works and the rich diversity of theatrical conversation that they generate.
— Blue Curtains Brisbane (Sept 2016)
Caroline Dunphy and Katherine Lyall-Watson have created an impressive piece of theatre … An electrically charged, cross-cultural, multi-disciplined journey
— (Sept 2016)
Like Belloo’s previous, acclaimed “Motherland” it sits comfortably in its text, but never forgets the honour of the truth behind mythology, making its World Premiere as part of Brisbane Festival something of which its local, all-female, award-winning independent theatre company should be immensely proud.
— Blue Curtains (Sept 2016)
The Belloo team have produced an action packed, fast paced mash-up of rap music, martial arts, fashion and mayhem.
— (Sept 2016)
This is a show for the curious and creative alike.
— Blue Curtains Brisbane (Sept 2016)