May 23, 2011
The theatrical company called "The Deaf Puppet Theater Hitomi" (located in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture) performed the puppet show in Ehime Prefecture on May 22. Over 400 people and families, etc. enjoyed the world of a mysterious play.
The company, formed in the International Year of Disabled Persons, 1980, does not rely on the spoken language and often uses a musical instrument during the performance.
The play was performed by the six members including three Deaf ones who used a lot of mime, gestures and a screen. It was a premiere showing in Ehime Prefecture though the company has performed inside and outside the country.
The play was a commemoration work for the company's 30th anniversary establishment, titled "The Ear, Night, and Travel to Outskirts," a tale of adventure that a man goes out to the "Town of the Deaf" to meet his dead friend, based on the legend of Africa.