ONLINE EVENT - Tokyo Rose: the Fascinanting Life of Iva Toguri
Thursday 28 October 2021
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In 1949, Iva Toguri is charged with treason in one of the most controversial trials in American history. Iva stands accused of being the notorious 'Tokyo Rose', a Japanese wartime disc jockey who broadcast Axis propaganda to the Allied forces in the Pacific. But was Iva the villain she was made out to be?
The award-winning Burnt Lemon Theatre is bringing Iva Toguri’s story to the stage in a new musical on tour across the UK from 16 September through to 30 October (see below for tour dates and venues). Developed from their 2019 Edinburgh Fringe hit show, this new production sheds light on a fascinating and determined woman and her life trapped between the USA and Japan.
In this special event, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott is joined by the musical’s producer Tanya Agarwal and co-writer Maryhee Yoon to discuss the inspiration behind this production and how they have managed to transpose a complex life into the form of a stage musical. Offering a peek into rehearsals and extracts from the soundtrack, please join us for an informative and immersive Sunday morning special!
TOKYO ROSE Touring Schedule
- 16th September – 18th September | MAST Mayflower Studios | Southampton
- 23rd September – 16th October | Southwark Playhouse | London
- 18th October - 20th October | Curve | Leicester
- 21st October - 23rd October | North Wall Arts Centre | Oxford
- 26th October - 27th October | Corn Exchange | Newbury
- 28th October - 30th October | Birmingham Hippodrome | Birmingham
Tanya Agarwal is a producer with Burnt Lemon Theatre. She shares the company’s vision in creating innovative, thought-provoking theatre that makes for positive change. With an MA in Producing from Mountview and impressive credits including her work with Police Cops, Tanya pairs Burnt Lemon's ambitions with a sizzling plan of action. Tanya is also the Programme Coordinator for Assembly Festival.
Maryhee Yoon is a Korean American actor and theatre maker based in London. She studied at East 15 Acting School before working as co-writer on Tokyo Rose. Maryhee’s other work includes *A GREAT BIG SIGH* (co-writer and actor).
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