The Key

14:00-15:15 & 18:00-19:15, Saturday 3rd August 2019

14:00-15:15 & 18:00-19:15, Sunday 4th August 2019


Music: Francesca Le Lohé

Words: Francesca Le Lohé with excerpts from Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’ in the original Japanese.


 ‘20 years of marriage yet I can’t speak with my wife’


But the husband is desperate to communicate with his wife about one subject in particular – their mutually unfulfilling sex life.Inspired by the novella of the same name by renowned Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki, “THE鍵KEY” peers in on a secretive family and newcomer Kimura, as their lives take a dramatic turn following the husband’s new year resolution.


Fresh from its sell-out Tokyo run, this site-specific, Anglo-Japanese work invites audiences to become voyeurs as they move freely around a private residence to eavesdrop on small ensembles of singers, a dancer, and Japanese and Western instruments as this intimate drama unfolds…


Produced by The Kagi Project in partnership with Japan Foundation, Mu Arts and Powell Tuck Associates (the designers and architects behind 10 Tollgate Drive).


Supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Arts Council England, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and RWV Trust.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


10 Tollgate Drive, SE21 7LS



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Twitter: @Kagi_TheKey


The wife: Akane Kudo (soprano)

The husband: Hiroshi Amako (tenor)

The daughter: Akari Mochizuki (mezzo-soprano)


Kimura: Shouzo Ayaka (dancer)


Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute): Clive Bell

Japanese percussion: Akinori Fujimoto

Sho (Japanese mouth organ): Naomi Sato

Violin: Joana Ly (Southbank Sinfonia alumni)

Cello: Idlir Shyti (Southbank Sinfonia alumni)

Bass: Mark Lipski (Southbank Sinfonia alumni)


Composer and director: Francesca Le Lohé

Dramaturg: Alexandra Rutter

Choreographer: Kae Ishimoto

Executive Producer: Akiko Yanagisawa (Mu Arts/Azuki Foundation)

Staged by: The Kagi Project


In collaboration with Southbank Sinfonia and Whole Hog Theatre