F/T in the City Performance Series
This highly diverse art and performance series unfolds in various places around Tokyo and its surrounding area. Bringing audiences into contact with local history, culture and communities, the site-specific events shape a new relationship between spectators and participants.
Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi” 
Written and Directed by Shigeki Nakano
Dramaturge: Kaku Nagashima
Based on “The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi” by Kido Okamoto
October 6th — October 9th

VenuesPARADISE AIR, FANCLUB (start point), and other locations
Dates10/6 (Fri) 15:00
10/7 (Sat) 11:00 / 15:00
10/8 (Sun) 11:00 / 15:00
10/9 (Mon) 11:00 / 15:00
Running Time165 min.
LanguagePerformed in Japanese
TicketsUnreserved seating
Advance: ¥3,500 / Same Day: ¥4,000 / Students: ¥2,300 / Other tickets available
Early Bird Discount¥2,500
Festival Pass (5 Performances)¥2,800
Festival Pass (3 Performances)¥3,000
Student ID required
High School Students and Under
Student ID or proof of age required
Photo: Yusuke Abico

Box office opens 1 hour before. Doors open 30 minutes before.
Includes outdoor performance.
The performance is a tour of multiple venues, starting from FANCLUB.
Continues in case of rain. Canceled in case of storm. Updates are published on the F/T website.
There is no roof over the audience seating. In case of rain, please bring a raincoat.
Audiences using wheelchairs should please contact the F/T Ticket Center before purchasing a ticket.

On the trail of Edo’s famous old detective stories in Matsudo

Known for its radical “mistranslations” of Western and Eastern classics into contemporary everyday settings, Shigeki Nakano + Frankens returns to Festival/Tokyo for the first time in four years. This new work is based on the popular Kido Okamoto detective stories, “The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi,” which are richly steeped in the atmosphere of Edo (feudal-era Tokyo). Audiences will experience this site-specific adaptation in the city of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture, which is separated from Tokyo by a river. Hunting for clues to solve a mysterious case, audiences travel between various unique locations in the city.


    Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi” (photos: Kazuki Matsumoto)

    Previous Productions

    • (1)I am Feminist!_2015_photo_Matsuo _Ujin“Yotsuya Zotanshu + Yotsuya Kaidan” (2013)
    • (2)Self Documentary_2015_photo_Matsuo _Ujin“Hiking” (2014)
    • (4)La Toilette_2017_photo_Fujikawa_Takashi“Invisible Theatre” (2016)
    • (5)Portrait of Francepan_2017_pthoto_Matsuo_Ujin2016
  • 2015
  • (5)Portrait of Francepan_2017_pthoto_Matsuo_Ujin 2016

Artist Profiles

Shigeki Nakano + Frankens

Formed in 2003, this company has developed a unique style of freely adapting and arranging translated drama and theatre texts. Its unorthodox and revisionist approach has both enthralled and angered fans of the original plays. Since 2010, its output has also included applied drama activities outside of regular theatre spaces.

Shigeki Nakano

Director (Shigeki Nakano + Frankens)

Born in Tokyo in 1973, Shigeki Nakano teaches theatre at Nihon University. His recent work has focused on outreach, workshops and education as well as international exchange. His double bill “Yotsuya Zotanshu + Yotsuya Kaidan” was featured in Festival/Tokyo 2013.

Cast & Creative

Written and Directed byShigeki Nakano
Dramaturge:Kaku Nagashima
Based on“The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi” by Kido Okamoto
Performers:Eiji Takeda, Yuya Tanaka, Michiyoshi Suzuka, Takeshi Fukuda, Takehiro Go, Maki Koizumi, Junko Saito, Rei Kitagawa, Ai Sasaki, Olivier Kazuma Michihiro, Minami Shindo, Maika Koguchi, Shiro Suzuki (A.C.O.A)
Lighting:Hideya Takahashi
Stage Manager:Megumi Sato
Sound Co-ordination: Wataru Shoji (PARADISE AIR)
Assistant Stage Manager:Saki Takashima
Audience Movement Supervisor:Mari Hoshi, Aki Miyatake(PARADISE AIR)
Map: Rinako Horikiri, Nao Nakamura
Photography:Kazuyuki Matsumoto
Video Documentation:Takaki Sudo
Flyer Design:Tadashi Ueda
Production Coordinators:Saori Azuma, Ayuchi Mizubuchi , Toshifumi Matsumiya (Festival/Tokyo)
Production Assistant:Hatsumi Kakinoki
Interns:Minako Iwai, Asuka Noguchi, Aoi Hashimoto, Saki Yokomi
Front of House:Maiko Iwama
Presented byPARADISE AIR, Festival/Tokyo
In cooperation withHamatomo Corporation, Machizu Creative Co., Ltd.
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017
Supported by the Matsudo City Community Culture Project