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


10 Tollgate Drive, SE21 7LS


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

Double bass, cello, violin and clarinet (tbc)

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 Whole Hog Theatre