Over the summer, the Whole Hog Theatre company announced that, with the cooperation of Studio Ghibli, they will be presenting the world’s first theatrical staging of Hayao Miyazaki’s renowned animated film Princess Mononoke at London's New Diorama next April. While tickets sold out by September, the company has launched a crowd funding Kickstarter effort to raise £5,000 ($8,000) to enhance and prolong the engagement.
The Studio Ghibli classic and epic ecological fable Princess Mononoke, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, will be faithfully re-told for the stage in Whole Hog Theatre’s adaptation using giant puppets, physical storytelling and original live music.
It is such an honour to have been given the opportunity to stage such a loved film. The whole team are huge fans of Studio Ghibli and Mr Miyazaki’s work and so passionate about bringing this project to life. We want nothing more than to perform it to as many people, and in as many places, as possible and we need you to help us.
The film tells the story of a young warrior Ashitaka. Cursed by a demon god whilst defending his village, he must leave his home forever to seek a cure. In the forbidding forests to the west, he is forced to reconcile the warring human forces and the animal deities of times past. In the midst of this bitter and bloody conflict, he meets the wolf god Moro and her human child San: Princess Mononoke. Whole Hog Theatre aims to create a faithful adaptation which the audience will leave feeling the same as they did the first time they watched the film. We will use recycled materials in our set, costume and props in order to honour the film’s ecological ethics and have as little impact on the environment as possible. There is no desire to alter the film’s narrative and atmosphere or to add a ‘new spin’ on the story – only to re-tell it in a different form.
WHOLE HOG: noun, informal
1. the furthest extent; everything
2. to do something completely or thoroughly
WHAT WE DO:
We specialise in adaptation and have always been fascinated by its possibilities and challenges. We strive to produce work that explores the outer limits of our and our audience's imaginations. We enjoy the challenge of staging the unstageable and the bold concepts, physical storytelling and explorations into puppetry which permeate our work are all about raising the expectations of the worlds which can be created onstage.
We are a volunteer lead and run organisation and everyone who has worked with us in the past and at present does so for free. We are an open company committed to finding and promoting new talent across all areas of production - everyone deserves a chance to prove what they're made of. We offer this opportunity to anyone with the talent and determination to make it happen. We are a company who are constantly excited and inspired by the books we read, the people we meet, the stories we hear and the theatre we experience. We promote artistic integrity, theatrical accessibility and freedom of imagination in all that we do.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
Whole Hog Theatre is a not for profit organisation and any donation is tax deductable to the full extent allowed by the law. Every penny you donate goes towards prolonging the life of this production, creating more performance dates and all the physical and sizeable touring and production costs inherent within this. We want to bring Princess Mononoke to as many people as possible to show our thanks for the incredible support so far!