Kitchen is the author's first play. It has been performed in over
50 major cities around the world.
In 1988 Koichi Kimura, who had directed the play
six times in Japan, gave the author £30,000 to seed the project.
It took twelve years to put together and was finally directed by
Kimura with his company, Chijinkai, in the summer of 2000.
Book by Wesker, lyrics by Nigel
Forde, score composed by Derek Barnes based on ideas sketched by
The unique aspect of this musical is that the book
calls for music and dance from beginning to end.
dense and tense relationship between the music and the
I have never seen any other musical like this before which
so strongly and perfectly unites singing, dancing, and acting altogether
the music is beautifully finished with a variety of rhythms, pop and
Hiroko Nagai: Sekai-Nippoh Newspaper
'This Japanese/British co-operation turns out
to be an unprecedented, original musical
love, despair, work,
racial discrimination, dreams - all reside in the many layers of
Kenichi Yamamoto: Asahi Newspaper