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A newcomer to TIP, Ensemble Abbi Hamed is excited to get back onto a stage after a little hiatus…

Abbi Hammed: Ensemble


Tell us about yourself.

I’m a robotics engineer from London and have lived in Japan for 5 years. I used to have lots of hobbies back home, including acting, which were sadly but inevitably lost for a long while when I moved away.

With regards to previous involvement in drama, all my experience has been from the drama society at my last university, in which I was heavily involved! I did that for around four years, and had the chance to try out lots of different activities such as directing, producing, acting and even marketing for the plays. I was directly involved in four main productions, acting in small to medium roles in three of them. There were also several short-plays of which I acted in a couple. Also, I regularly took part in the weekly drama workshops wherein we had the chance to learn about various techniques including improvisation, voice projection and even tried radio plays!

I had a great time at the drama society and it is one of the things I've missed the most about my life back in England.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

Its been more than 5 years since I did anything drama at all!

I'm very excited to be doing something again and I'm hoping that this experience will help me to get back into it, despite being in Japan.

I'm also excited to meet the people involved in TIP, learn from other much more talented and experienced directors, actors and actresses, and through that hopefully have the chance to make new friends and also perhaps new chances to do more drama in the future.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

Because I'm in it… just kidding obviously! I think TIP seem to be a very professional and organised group despite being comprised of volunteers. I think many here are very experienced and the production team all seem to know a lot. In particular the director seems to be passionate about the source material and has some interesting ideas. As such, I feel that this is bound to be a great show. And besides, its Macbeth!

Today we meet David Baldwin, a TIP newcomer who’s taking to the stage again after a long break.

David Baldwin: Second Murderer, Seyton


Tell us about yourself.

I studied drama in college and wanted to direct. This will be my first production in 21 years. I played Macbeth in college.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

Getting my feet wet.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

I like that the director is saying, ‘It's a dark, violent play and we're going to be showing it as such’. He is not simply ‘doing Shakespeare’.

Supporters of TIP are invited to come join us on August 22nd to take part in an important annual meeting.


Tokyo International Players Annual General Meeting (AGM). The one time a year that anyone can vote! Come out and have your say!


To be voted on:

1. Election of Officers to serve for a period of one year commencing September 1, 2016.

2. Election of the portion of the Board that will serve a two-year term commencing on September 1, 2016.

3. Addendums to the Constitution.

4. Approval of the budget for 2016-2017 season.


*The regular monthly board meeting will follow immediately after the Annual General Meeting.


Monday 22nd August 2016 at 7pm


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Meet Taishi Fujiwara, who has trod the boards for TIP before, in our production of 15 Minute Hamlet for the One Act Comedy Festival!

Taishi Fujiwara: Donalbain, Siward


Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Japan. I studied Shakespeare in a U.S. college.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

I am looking forward to working in an English-speaking environment.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

Living in Japan, I think it is a rare opportunity to see a show in English. So please come and support us!

Jaya Powell is a new face at TIP, who’s looking forward to getting her teeth sunk into her first Shakespeare production.

Jaya Z. Powell: Doctor


Tell us about yourself.

I am a research student at Sophia University. It's a very challenging task to do research nonstop, and I'm in my own head a lot of the time. I'm looking forward to express myself emotionally through this play, as well as stepping into "someone else's" headspace for a little while.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

I think the play delves deeply into human nature, and shows us what can happen when we let our own selfish interests cloud our better judgment. I think it's a lesson that many people would do good to be reminded of.

New to TIP, new to Shakespeare performances, and new to the stage! Meet…

Theresa Hyland: Ensemble


Tell us about yourself.

I'm an English teacher at a university in Tokyo. When I'm not teaching English or rehearsing for Macbeth, I'm usually studying more languages or doing something with the "Lord of the Rings" fandom.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

Everything! This is my first show ever -- not just my first with TIP or my first Shakespeare show. I'm excited to learn more about acting and to have my first experience on stage.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

If you want to see an interesting interpretation of a great play put on by friendly, passionate people, this is the show for you, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Today we meet TIP veteran Ghiselle Camacho.

Ghiselle Camacho: The Porter, Ensemble


Tell us about yourself.

A want to be a Renaissance woman who dabbles in art, theatre, music, history, theology, gardening, cooking, kimono collecting, early childhood education, parenting, movies, and Plants vs. Zombies.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

This is my first Shakespeare play since university. Reading Shakespeare was a favourite course. I'm excited to have the opportunity to work on a piece by The Bard.


What challenges do you foresee?

The role of the Porter is traditionally a male. His appearance is brief but there's so many reasons for him being there. The challenge is being able to convey those reasons to the audience in that short space of time.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

For the same morbid and exciting reasons we watch the Game of Thrones, Spartacus, The Sopranos, Harry Potter, and all the other blockbuster hits: to be entertained. The only difference is that this is live theatre and so the experience is way more intense. And it's Shakespeare! The English language would be pretty boring without him!

Meet TIP newcomer, Rob Donegan!

Rob Donegan: First Murderer, Menteith


Tell us about yourself.

I am interested in acting, music, reading and I love living in Tokyo.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

I am looking forward to being part of a fast moving and dynamic production..


What challenges do you foresee?

I think the challenge of Shakespeare is to make it real and relevant.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

I think this will be a great opportunity to see some Shakespeare in Tokyo in the 400th year since his passing. Fresh perspectives will be shown on the universal themes of ambition and the corruption of power. As well as that, it will be a marvellous night out with lots of potential for post show chats over gin and tonics!

In the run up to TIP's production of Macbeth, we take a little time out to meet the cast...

Annika Beifuss: First Witch & Sergeant


Tell us about yourself.

I gained my first theatrical experience at the tender age of nine, playing a butterfly in a primary school of a small town in rural Germany. My enthusiasm for drama hasn't left me since. I spent the larger part of my studies with a theatre group, acting, directing, stage designing, lighting and sound,... and am very happy to be part of the lovely TIP now.


What are you looking forward to in the production?

Seeing everyone gradually transforming into their roles and enjoying to be part of something bigger, and learning something new - every character has taught me something new so far.


What challenges do you foresee?

Becoming a really scary witch; expressing everything I need to only with my voice; having to spend a lot of time on standby; and not clapping my hands for my fellow actors and actresses from backstage.


Why do you think people should come see the show?

It is Shakespeare and a great play! Many people know the plot, but are curious about our way of telling the story.


Tokyo International Players Youth Program is proud to present two back-to-back, family-friendly productions: Hairspray Jr. and Disney's Mulan Jr. 
Look no further for information about the performances, including showtimes and ticket prices.


Hairspray Jr.

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray Jr. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray Jr. is a show that celebrates diversity and will bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor.

Disney's Mulan Jr.

Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China in this stage adapation of Disney's Mulan. Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. When the Huns invade, it is up to the misfit Mulan to save the Emperor. Disney's Mulan Jr. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit.


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