Yuta Hagiwara (Kamome Machine)

“Happy Days”


© Rakutaro Ogiwara

Inside the Ex Noguchi Room, a floating “house” in the heart of the city, the audience comes face to face with Beckett’s absurdist play.

Happy Days is the masterpiece of the absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett. The only characters are Winnie, who is buried in earth, and her husband Willie. Packed with meaningful situations and meaninglessness, the text continues to draw directors around the world. After winning the Toga Theatre Competition’s Excellence Award for Happy Days (Act Two) in 2016, director Yuta Hagiwara brings the play to Tokyo; the new production will be staged in the Ex Noguchi Room on Keio University’s Mita campus.
The Shinbanraisha common room (a.k.a. the Ex Noguchi Room) was designed shortly after the war in 1951 by Isamu Noguchi and Yoshiro Taniguchi. In 2005 it was redesigned by Kengo Kuma and relocated. Inside this strange “house,” floating amid the buildings of Tamachi, how will the physical setting align with the absurd language? What can the audience expect to witness there?


Yuta Hagiwara (Kamome Machine)
Established in 2007 by a director and playwright Yuta Hagiwara, Kamome Machine convey the message through their personal body, focuses on social issue such like nuclear power plant and The Constitution of Japan. 
Their major works include Waiting for Godot in Fukushima (2011), performed by a road just outside Fukushima’s exclusion zone, and Public Image Limited (2012), which won an AAF Drama Award. In 2016, the company won the Toga Theatre Competition’s Excellence Award for Happy Days (Act Two).

  • Dates
  • March 1st [Thu] / 19:00-

  • March 2nd [Fri] / 19:00-

  • March 3rd [Sat] / 19:00-

    * Talk (after the performance), Guest | Wen Yuju (Writer)
  • March 4th [Sun] / 17:00-

  • How to Participate
  • Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
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  • Language
  • Japanese
  • Credit
  • Text| Samuel Beckett
  • Director|Yuta Hagiwara
  • Performers|Honami Shimizu, Shin Ito (Damian)
  • Translator|Kaku Nagashima
  • Co-organized by Keio University Art Center
  • Tokyo Production
  • Lighting|Minoru Chida(CHIDA OFFICE)
  • Stage Design|Katsunori Yokoi
  • Sound Support|Hayato Ichimura
  • Production Manager|Satomi Shimizu