This Will Only Take Several Minutes / 午前2時コーヒーカップサラダボウルユートピア
A play by theatre collective, Hanchu Yuei and the Tadpole Repertory supported by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi

The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, presented a Indo-Japan collaborative theatrical production, ‘This Will Only Take Several Minuites’, as the very first featured presentation of The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges February, 2017. The piece was presented in four cities in India, having been created by a Japanese theatrical company. Hanchu-Yuei (範宙遊泳) and that of India, Tadpole Repertory.

This time, we are happy to bring the performance to Japan, thanks to the organization by Hanchu-Yuei.

Hanchu-Yuei and Tadpole Repertory started to interact since they met at the Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) in 2014, to which the director of the Tadpole Repertory, Neel Chaudhuri, was invited by the Japan Foundation, and where he watched Hanchu-Yuei’s ‘Girl X’ directed by Suguru Yamamoto. ‘This Will Only Take Several Minutes’ is the compilation of their three years’ interactive work, including Hanchu-Yuei’s exploration and tour to India in 2015 and 2016, and for which the companies worked for a month before the premiere.


Performance Schedule

Venue: Morishita studio [C studio

Date: 30th June- 7:30pm 

Date: 1st July- 2:00pm and 7:00pm 

Date: 2nd July- 2:00pm


Ticketed show, priced at 3,000 yen to book in advance. 

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Plus 500 yen on the show day

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*with Japanese and English Subtitles


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This Will Only Take Several Minutes’ is set in a city not far from yours. Six strangers confront themselves and each other, seeking out their place and purpose. They grapple with hunger and sickness, love and solitude, through their shadowy pasts and the foggy present. In all of this there is, but, one certainty – that they cannot escape this place and must try anything they can to bear it. People speaking different languages and having diverse cultures are getting connected and gathering the threads of one’s story and time.

Hanchu-Yuei’s Suguru Yamamoto has received attention not only in Japan but also from other Asian countries, for his unique staging combining the projected letters, movies, images, colours, lights and shadows with actors on the stage, and for his script questioning audiences’ sense of ethics. His counterpart, Neel Chaudhuri is originally from Bengaluru, who, now, is a Delhi-based director leading the rising Tadpole Repertory. Neel has been highly acclaimed in India, having being awarded the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright Award in 2010 and Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in 2015.


Written and Directed|Suguru Yamamoto and Neel Chaudhuri

Cast|Ayana Shiibashi, Bikram Ghosh, Kan Fukuhara, Mikie Tanaka, Piyush Kumar, and Shaik Sheeba

Script Translator|Christopher J Gregory Original Music|Samar Grewal

Lighting Designer|Anuj Chopra Lighting cooperation|Nami Nakayama

Stage cooperation|Tomomi Nakamura Stage Manager|Risa Fujie

Production Coordinator|Misako Futsuki 

Production Manager|Hatsumi Kakinoki Producer|Momo Sakamoto

Supported|The Japan Foundation, New Delhi

        PURISSIMA Steep Slope Studio Chiranjit Das Jahnvi Sreedhar 

                      Yashas Chandra Kana Kitaoka


Organized|Theater Collective HANCHU-YUEI SANKAKUNOMADO


Glimpse of the performances from Tour in India February, 2017.


Photo: One Frame Story