"Baaba's Footsteps"
at the VAULT Festival 

10-15th March 2020, 19:20

Matinee on Sunday 15th March, 16:30

For tickets and more info: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/baabas-footsteps/

by Susan Momoko Hingley
Directed by Ragga Dahl Johansen
Co-Produced by Filip Krenus (Honey-tongued Theatre Productions)

Sound Designed by Guy Connelly

Set and Costume designed by Hannah Kuchar

Lighting design: Nao Nagai

Stage Management: Natalie Wong

Cast: 

Tomoko Komura

Eyre Kurasawa

Johnny Ong

Tammie Rhee

Supported by Arts Council England.

Official selection of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2020.


ABOUT THE PLAY:

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS is a new play, written by Susan Momoko Hingley, which premiered at the VAULT Festival 2020. 

Tokyo 2020: Yu, 39, career-driven but recently dumped by her long term job, keeps beating her head against societal pressures to get married. Sick of the patriarchy and feeling powerless, she struggles to fit in her own country. Can the answer to her self-doubt lie in following her great-grandmother Takako’s footsteps and travelling to San Francisco? Armed with an airplane ticket and Takako’s diary, Yu sets out to find herself.

San Francisco 1920: Takako, 16, stares at the numerous men waiting on the dock. Armed with only a photo and a marriage certificate, she tries to recognise her new husband who she has never met, in a land she has never been. Facing down hostility and cultural differences,Takako, one of the many Japanese Picture Brides of the early 20th century, bravely sets out to create a home for herself in America. Lonely in a land that both welcomes and resents her, she finds solace in keeping a diary where she writes about her struggle. Can her diary help light the way for a great-granddaughter who she will never meet?

BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS straddles time and place, but remains a story about love and belonging. Touching, infuriating and downright funny, Yu and Takako’s stories intertwine as two generations of women struggle to find their way in societies that do not accept them. Fro, Japanese-American internment camps during WW2 to sexist work policies of 2020, we vortex through three eras by the hands of two women, struggling to find their places in lives set up for them by others. 

- A View from the Upper Circle: "Baaba’s Footsteps is a small play with big themes. It is an understated comment on racism, identify and feminism."

- The Play's the Thing: “Baaba’s Footsteps ... is a bold and often brilliant interrogation of the cycle of expectation and disappointment that is perpetuated by our insistence on engaging with false ideas of people.”

- Lemon House Theatre: "BAABA’S FOOTSTEPS takes you across different locations and time periods, but remains a story about home. It balances poignant moments with laugh-out-loud ones, with Susan weaving them together to create a story that shows that you can question your identity at any age.”






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