We believe that great theatre is not a luxury, but a necessity. With its power to exhilarate, to inspire and ultimately to transform, there’s a reason people have been going to see plays for over two thousand years.
But we also know in many cases, theatre falls well short of what it’s capable of. Cliches are mistaken for authenticity. Insecurity replaces daring. And courage falls a distant second to being liked.
Sheepdog Theatre, however, is committed to theatre that evokes recognition of the entire human condition. We believe in works that feel dangerous, exhilarating and ultimately gives an insight into what it means to be alive.
And by performing small-scale shows in venues that put you, the audience, right in the thick of the action, we have nowhere to hide.
Which is just the way we like it.
For a city of 13 million people, Tokyo has surprisingly few opportunities to see quality English theatre. Despite a global status to rival New York or London, the absence of a diverse international theatre scene reflects poorly on a city that’s about to host the Olympics.
In light of this, Sheepdog Theatre’s objective is to:
- Deliver powerful English-speaking theatre that audiences would expect to see in any major city
- Establish greater awareness of theatre in Tokyo for both local and international audiences
- Collaborate with Japanese and International theatre companies to share resources and experiment with new interpretations
- Provide an opportunity for actors in Tokyo to further develop their skills and level of exposure
- Tour festivals and promote Tokyo as an emerging theatre hub
If you’re interested in helping bring these initiatives to fruition, we’d love to hear from you.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – MICHAEL WALKER
Michael is a graduate of Australia’s Theatre Nepean and worked for ten years as a professional actor in Sydney. His credits include Occasional Coarse Language, a feature film released by Village Roadshow, more than a dozen TV commercials and regular appearances on stage.
He set up his first theatre company in 1997, debuting with Killing Time, a play he wrote, directed and acted in.
After moving to Japan, Michael became the founder and artistic director of maidenagoya productions, Chubu’s first ever independent theatre troupe.
Among their numerous productions was a bilingual version of Romeo & Juliet starring Irene Dewald. With its unique interpretation, stunning costumes and performance in the round, the show proved popular with Nagoya audiences. It later toured Tokyo where it was also well received.
Michael now returns as a resident and is looking forward to helping promote theatre in Tokyo.