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HIROSHIMA DISPERSED


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This year sees the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. London Bubble are currently helping to develop a play script from interviews conducted by the children of the city, with the survivors from 1945.

Grandchildren of Hiroshima – which is being written by Misaki Setoyama, will be performed by an intergenerational cast in Hiroshima and Tokyo during august of this year. We are now looking for ways to share this story with a wider audience and wonder whether you might be able to help.
We are finding that in London, word Hiroshima means nothing to many younger people. Meanwhile in Hiroshima the citizens are trying to share their experience, hoping the world might learn from the event and avoid a repetition.

OUR IDEA
On August 6th we are inviting groups around the world, to arrange a reading of the Grandchildren of Hiroshima script. It’s less than an hour long, has parts for both children and adults, and will include some simple instructions for lightly animating the reading.

If you are interested in participating, we will send you a ‘flat pack’ of the script. You will need to find some people to read it, possibly some chairs and an appropriate space – we will be doing it in London but aren’t sure yet whether to do it beside the Thames or in our Rehearsal Room (both would work). You might want to invite people, you might just want to read it to yourselves – the point is this world story, is being shared more widely.
We are hoping to do this for free. We will use the wonders of the internet to send the ‘flat pack’ and to link readings together and document the endeavour. Without really trying very hard we have already received positive responses from groups in Palestine and the Philippines.

Please email peth@londonbubble.org.uk if you would like to find out more.

London Bubble often work site-specifically - always in close contact with their community, and are devoted to making great theatre making accessible and relevant on a number of fronts. Perhaps this might be common ground?

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