Haruka Abe rehearses the role of Mari in Harajuku Girls at the Finborough Theatre.
The world premiere of a new play set in Japan – Harajuku Girls takes us deep into the neon-lit streets and forbidden passageways of Tokyo.
“I don’t know a girl who hasn’t been groped on a train. There’s always someone trying to cop a feel. Might as well get paid for it.”
On Jingu Bridge in Tokyo, teenage girls dress in cosplay outfits for fun, fashion, and the fantasy of being someone else, but for Mari, Keiko and Yumi, their schooldays are over. Their journey to escape from overbearing parents, stifling dead-end jobs and economic deprivation, takes them to Kabukicho, Tokyo’s ‘pink’ district of panty shops, love hotels and image clubs. Only they can decide how far they’re willing to go.
As the three young women grow up and apart, they tread a dangerously fine line between empowerment and victimhood as they struggle to pursue their dreams, despite the obstacles that society and tradition put in their way.
Jude Christian –the 2013 winner of the National Theatre Studio Bursary for Emerging Directors – directs the world premiere of this provocative new play by award-winning playwright Francis Turnly.
A play about friendship, fantasy, and what it means to be free.Overview
Japanese born Haruka Abe spent her youth split between Tokyo and New York before settling in London.
She gained UK wide recognition playing the role of Miko in all 5 series of the hit comedy Ideal opposite Johnny Vegas and My Phone Genie for ITV1.
Other notable screen credits include Cucumber, About Time for Working Title Films, 47 Ronin for Universal Pictures, The Knife That Killed Me, Random 11 for Vertigo Films, Emerald City for NBC. Most recently she has played series regular Tippi in Kiss me First for Netflix/Channel 4, Tomoko in Channel 4 comedy Stath Lets Flats, May-Ling in BAFTA Cymru nominated Late Shift and Suzume in Giri/Haju for the BBC/Netflix.
Her multi award winning short films Stanley Pickle and Yuki have won worldwide critical acclaim.About Sainou
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Clients are represented by agents David Marsden, Paul Martin & Hermione Halpin, with assistance from Dominique Munday and Kristian Wall. We work together as a close team covering all media with particular focus on Film, Television and Theatre in both the UK and overseas.