AKIO! is a shy young boy who is bullied at school and spends his waking hours immersed in video games – the only thing that can draw his attention away is Harumi, the girl of his dreams. The adventure begins when a strange chain of events lead AKIO! and Harumi to be sucked into a video game world.
When Harumi is kidnapped by a powerful, villainous creature, AKIO! has to save her but where will he get his strength? Where will he find his bravery? How will he stand up and face fear head on? In his quest to rescue Harumi, AKIO! will meet wise friends and terrifying monsters, all the while learning what makes a hero, what defines a villain; and perhaps how the two are not so different after all. Through power of will and strength of heart, AKIO! learns the most powerful weapon of all…
“AKIO! reminds me of a universal dream,” said Sascha Hall, Producer, Blue Theatre Company. “To be our own hero in life. Our children will see themselves in AKIO! as we empower our hero’s of the future.”
AKIO! is a physical theatre piece, which combines acting, dance, choreography, movement, sound and audio-visual design to tell a universal, coming-of-age tale. Inspired by Japanese theatre-maker, Tadashi Suzuki and his philosophies of theatre performance and culture, AKIO! is a marriage of cultures into one uplifting story of love, bravery, courage and discipline.
Theatrically, it explores the beauty of the human body, as it weaves Japanese mythology and gaming culture into an adventure to be enjoyed by all ages. A celebration of childhood, AKIO! is love and learning to understand and accept your enemy in the face of violence.
Saturday 4 July to Sunday 12 July 2015
Except Monday 6 July
Multiple times and performances. Check official event website for details.
School holiday groups: $25