Official Program

Satoko Ichihara / Q

Favonia’s Fruitless Fable /
The Question of Faeries


10.25−10.28, 2018Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center


A double bill of major plays by a playwright who examines contemporary city life

This is a double bill of two of Satoko Ichihara’s major plays: Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, which was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Kunio Drama Award and was Ichihara’s first work to be performed overseas, and The Question of Faeries, which deals with the shocking massacre at a Japanese care home for the disabled in 2016. Director and playwright Ichihara has recently turned her hand to writing novels and continues to expand her activities and ambitions. The majority of her plays take the form of monologues that brim with animalistic desires and sexual metaphors—a raw touch that at times stirs a physiological aversion in the audience.

In Favonia’s Fruitless Fable, a female office worker who wants genuine leather shoes instead of fake leather ones encounters a series of strange characters wandering around an alley. In The Question of Faeries, the three parts each related in a different style (rakugo storytelling, music, and a seminar) are performed almost like a monodrama by the France-based actor Kyoko Takenaka.

Ichihara is tenacious in her examination of the contemporary human condition, whereby we live our lives in the city buffeted by consumption and our psychological complexes stimulated by the torrent of information. Through the energetic bodies of the actors, her potent gaze drags onstage the social frictions we deal with on an everyday basis, highlighting what is often relegated to invisible areas of life.


October 25 (Thurs)19:30- [A]*
October 26 (Fri)19:30- [B]
October 27 (Sat)14:00- [B]◎  19:30- [A]
October 28 (Sun)14:00- [A]◎  18:30- [B]

◎ Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
* Post-performance talk
Details will be announced at a later date.
Duration: [A] 85 min. / [B] 110 min.


Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center 546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8156
-5 minutes’ walk from exits 22 and 24 of Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line) and Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line).



Performed in Japanese with English surtitles


Audiences aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
(Favonia’s Fruitless Fable only)

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥2,500 / Day ¥3,000
Youth, Students Advance ¥2,000 / Day ¥2,500
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥4,500 (Advance Only)
Satoko Ichihara 2 Performance Pass ¥4,500 (Advance Only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.



Day Tickets

Same day tickets will be available for each performance at the venue box office one hour before the performance starts.
The latest information on ticket availability will be updated below at 11:30am on the day of each performance. We also accept ticket availability inquiries by phone.
Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-19:00).



Satoko Ichihara

Photo by Mizuki Sato

Playwright, director, and novelist Satoko Ichihara was born in 1988 and studied theater at J. F. Oberlin University. She launched Q in 2011. She uses monologue to relate from a female perspective the vitality of humanity that shines in a world of confusion as well as the absurdity of life. Stressing the physicality of actors, her work is characterized by its emphasis on linguistic expression and rhythm. Her plays capture and reconstruct human actions as if observing animals, seeming to directly shower the audience in the vigor and power of life. In 2011, her play Insects won the 11th AAF Playwriting Prize. In 2016, she published her novel Insects in the literary journal Subaru. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the 61st Kishida Kunio Drama Award for Favonia’s Fruitless Fable. It was subsequently performed at the Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival. She is a Junior Fellow of The Saison Foundation.

Photo by Mizuki Sato

Photo by Mizuki Sato

Photo by Mizuki Sato

Photo by Mizuki Sato

Photo by Mizuki Sato


Written and directed by Satoko Ichihara
Set design: Tomomi Nakamura
Lighting: Reiko Kawashima
Music Composer: Masashi Nukata (Tokyo Shiokoji / Nuthmique)
Stage manager: Chinatsu Iwaya
Company manager: Yoshiki Masuda
Dramaturge: Masahiko Yokobori

Favonia’s Fruitless Fable
Performers: Kimio Taketani, Yurie Nagayama
Lighting design: Ryoya Fudetani
Video: Sumire Mori

The Question of Faeries
Performers: Kyoko Takenaka, Takako Yamamura, Mayo Hyodo
Piano player: Ryo Sugimoto
Supported by Japan Arts Fund (Favonia’s Fruitless Fable), The Saison Foundation
Presented by Q (Favonia’s Fruitless Fable), Kyoto Experiment

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