2009: A complex, multi-layered piece of visual theatre in which the audience wear white paper kimonos and drink white tea as they sit within a cocoon of paper prayer flags and origami birds. The piece deftly uses the role of tea in British and Japanese life as a way to explore colliding cultures, clashing personalities and the sinister demons a daughter leaves unspoken.
White Tea takes its influences from Japanese minimalism, Kakuzo Okakura’s one-hundred-year-old Book of Tea, Sei Shonagan's one-thousand-year-old Pillow Book and the artwork of Yoko Ono. We follow Naomi and Tomoko as they journey from Paris to Japan in search of Naomi's sick mother and a long-lost sister that nobody knew existed. An absurd, eccentric story unfolds of beauty, brutality, giving and grieving.
WINNER - Scotsman Fringe First
WINNER - Herald Angel
WINNER - Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize.
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ The Big Issue
★★★★ The List
A co-production with the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
31 July 2009, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
6-31 August 2009, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
2 September 2009, Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.
3 September 2009, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.
5 September 2009, Cumbernauld Theatre.
9 September 2009, Howden Park Theatre, Livingston
11-12 September 2009, Rothes Hall, Glenrothes.
15-26 September 2009, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
Written and directed by DAVID LEDDY
Naomi - GABRIEL QUIGLEY
Tomoko - ALISA ANDERSON
Set and Costume design - BECKY MINTO
Video design - TIM REID
Lighting design - NICH SMITH
Sound design - GRAHAM SUTHERLAND
Assistant Director - STEF SMITH
Stage management - LINDSEY MILLIGAN
This play is included in the free e-book of Hits and Misses which can be downloaded here