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One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre, London


ONE GREEN BOTTLE at Soho Theatre. Written & directed by Hideki Noda. English translation adapted by Will Sharpe. Starring Hideki Noda, Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard

 ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

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Written by prestigious Japanese playwright, director and performer Hideki Noda, One Green Bottle is an existential tragicomic play starring Hideki himself, Olivier Award-winning and acclaimed actor and director Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard, in an English translation adapted by Will Sharpe. Premiering in the UK by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre in association with NODA ∙ MAP, One Green Bottle uses the domestic context of an ordinary family to explore themes of intolerance and obsession, selfishness, consumerism, and the very human desire for fulfilment.

A father, a mother and their daughter have all made arrangements to go out on the same night, each to their own commercial heaven, but someone must stay at home to look after their heavily pregnant dog. People are waiting, start-times are looming. Unwilling to give up their plans, bickering spirals to deception and chaos, chained up and trapped within their own house. A social comment on the effect of technology in life and close relationships, One Green Bottle offers a surreal and dark take on the puzzling state of the modern world and the breakdown in communication between people.

"We are delighted to be welcoming back these long-time collaborators. Their remarkable theatrical taste and universally recognisable (sometimes terrifying) stories combine to make unique and thrilling theatre." - Steve Marmion, Soho Theatre Artistic Director 

 ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

ONE GREEN BOTTLE Production shots © Kishin Shinoyama

In One Green Bottle all gender roles are reversed. The father is played by acclaimed performer and director Kathryn Hunter whose extensive credits include Hideki Noda’s The Bee, RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear and others, Peter Brook’s Valley of Astonishment and Fragments and Robert Lepage’s Cards. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Artistic Director Hideki Noda himself plays mother and the daughter is played by Glyn Pritchard, whose credits include Katie Mitchell’s Ophelia’s Zimmer, Royal Court Theatre, The Dark Philosophers, National Theatre Wales, Othello directed by Kathryn Hunter for the RSC, Fuente Ovejuna, National Theatre and Hideki Noda’s The Diver (Soho Theatre) and The Bee (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Soho Theatre). The play’s English translation is adapted by Will Sharpe, an award-winning English-Japanese writer, director and actor, responsible for the acclaimed award-winning Channel 4 series Flowers.

“I have been looking forward to returning to Soho Theatre. When I performed The Bee in 2006 for the first time, I felt that my international career started in the true sense of it. Since then, fortunately our shows have always gone down well with Soho Theatre’s audiences. This theatre loves comedy, physical performance and drama. Our show lies at the cross and border of those three. I wish the audience enjoys our show again. When I come back to Soho’s dressing rooms – which is not tidy but it is cosy – I will feel I’m back to my second homeland. And there’s no place like a second home.” - Hideki Noda