Expand your cultural horizons with this online workshop into Rakugo, a 400 year old Japanese 🇯🇵 comedy storytelling art form. This is a rare opportunity for you to learn in English from Showko - The only professionally trained Japanese Rakugo artist currently working outside of Japan in Melbourne.
A Rakugo story is told by a performer who has to act out a story by themselves with only two humble props, a folding fan (Sensu) and hand towel (Tenugui). They must be able play the role of each distinct character by changing personality, facial expression, mannerisms, speech, etc. Due to the simple structure they can express and describe anything, drawing the viewer into the story through their imagination.
This updated and condensed 2 hour online workshop provides clear skills and techniques that you can implement immediately and covers the very fundamental structure of Rakugo.
"The workshops were so much fun and very engaging! It was a great opportunity to learn a lot of the aspects of Rakugo."
What you will learn:
• Introduction and history of Rakugo
• Introduction to Rakugo stories and jokes
• How to perform Short Rakugo stories
• Movements & techniques
• Rules of performing
• Lots of interaction and participation
• Q & A
• Including scripts and access to the workshop video
• All in English.
27th Feb 2021 (Thursday)
2-4PM (Melbourne time AEDT)
Online Zoom Workshop
Price: only AUD$98
(Includes scripts and access to the workshop video for 1 month)
A Sensu (folding fan) and a Tenugui or a handkerchief. You can purchase a Rakugo Sensu(fan) and Tenugui (handkerchief) here.
What is Rakugo?
RAKUGO ~Japanese Sit Down Comedy~
Rakugo is a form of entertainment best described as Japanese sit-down comedy or comic story telling. During a show the Rakugo performer sits on a small pillow dressed in a kimono and acts out the whole story by themselves equipped with only a fan (Sensu) and hand towel (Tenugui) to help convey ideas.
A Rakugo story is told through the conversations between characters, therefore, the performer must be able play the role of each distinct character by changing personality, facial expression, mannerisms, speech, etc.. In most cases the characters have strong stereotypical personalities and characteristics so that as the performer switches from one character to another the audience readily detects the change.
To be a professional Rakugo performer you have to ask a Rakugo master to become their protégé and only a person who can complete training for 3 years can be accepted as a Professional Rakugo performer.
Showko trained as a Rakugo performer under Master Kakushow in London receiving the 400 year old traditional name Showko Showfukutei upon completion. She is one of 1500 Rakugo performers, only a handful of women and the only one living overseas.
Showko is a member of the Kamigata Rakugo Association and regularly goes back to Japan to perform at the Hanjyo-tei Rakugo Theatre in Osaka where only professional Rakugo performers can perform. Showko’s style of Rakugo is very animated with lots of actions and facial expressions so that any age groups seeing Rakugo for the first time can understand and enjoy Rakugo humour.
Showko performs Traditional Rakugo, personal life story Rakugo and Ventriloquist Rakugo.
The Mill - Adelaide Fringe Masterclass
Rakugo Masterclass held at the Mill during the Adelaide Fringe where Showko was chosen over many applicants to run this unique workshop.
Osaka Temma Tenjin Hanjyo-Tei Rakugo Theatre
(Exterior view above. Interior view below
Why Speak Japanese? Event
Monash University, Melbourne
Puppet Rakugo is an award winning form of Rakugo developed by Showko's master, Kakushow. Only the three members within Kakushow Showfukutei's Rakugo family are allowed to use this style. Puppet Rakugo is suitable for all ages.
Showko's own unique version of Puppet Rakugo is called Ventriloquist Rakugo as it incorporates her specialist ventriloquist skills.