Stage Beyond to perform Japanese classic Rashomon

Stage Beyond are going beyond borders with its most ambitious production to date. 

In just four weeks, the theatre company for adults with learning disabilities will premiere Rashomon in the Millennium Forum before embarking on an all-Ireland tour.  

A timeless tale of mystery and murder, the classic Japanese Akutagawa story was famously rendered by auteur Akira Kurosawa and described by German director Werner Herzog as "almost perfect", while Rashomon revolutionised cinema by presenting contradictory interpretations of the same event.  

Now - in a theatre adaptation by IFTA-award winning writer Ronan Carr - Stage Beyond will debut Rashomon with their outreach partners.  Director Kate Guelke explained: "Rashomon is unlike anything Stage Beyond has done.  We are drawing on elements of Kabuki dancing and Taiko drumming to really bring this 13th Century, East Asian crime thriller to life."

Artistic Manager Dee Conaghan added: "Stage Beyond has a reputation for breaking barriers and challenging assumptions. Rashomon - the origin of the phrase 'the Rashomon effect' - is all about coming to terms with different perspectives.  As a theatre company we are proud of pioneering this kind of work - work that makes people think."

Rashomon opens in the Millennium Forum at 7.30pm on Saturday the 28th May and will tour to the Lyric on 6th June and St Vincent's Dublin on June 13th. To book tickets for the Millennium Forum show, you can get in touch with the Box Office on 71 264455 or book via

Stage Beyond is grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Children In Need, the Foyle Foundation, the Acorn Foundation and the Millennium Forum for their generous support.


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