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A Fool’s Life ()

Produced by

Ahuri Theatre and Why Not Theatre

Creator: Dan Watson
Director: Dan Watson

Based on the life and work of Akuragawa Ryunosuke


The Great Hall – Longboat Hall


September 30th, 2011 – October 8th, 2011

Awards & Nominations

2012 Dora Award Winner ~ Independent – Outstanding Sound Design

2012 Dora Award Nominee ~ Independent – Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance – Ensemble  Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design


A Fool’s Life is a fantastical tale about a family man coming undone. This new play is inspired by the life and short stories of Japanese writer Akutagawa Ryunosuke, often referred to as ‘the father of the Japanese short story’, and best known as the author of Rashomon. Dark, bizarre and absurd, this multi-lingual piece combines movement, live drumming, shadow puppetry and projections on a set made entirely of paper. (


Claire Calnan Performer
Julian DeZotti Performer
Haruna Kondo Performer
Derek Kwan Performer
Richard Lee Performer

Creative Team

Dan Watson Conceived by
Dan Watson Director
Sean Frey Set Designer
Sonja Rainey Set Designer
Sean Frey Costume Designer
Sonja Rainey Costume Designer
Sean Frey Projection Designer
Sonja Rainey Projection Designer
André Du Toit Lighting Designer


Gaishi Ishizaka Percussion


André Du Toit Stage Manager
Ravi Jain Producer
Mathew Clement Assistant
Sasha Tate-Howarth Assistant
Helah Cooper Assistant
Dalal Badr Assistant
Minoo Janmohamad Assistant
Roshan Ahmadvand Assistant
Norah Sadava Assistant
David Fuhrman Assistant