A Belloo Creative & Critical Stages Production
Director & Co-creator
Caroline Dunphy
Writer & Co-creator Katherine Lyall-Watson
Dramaturg Kathryn Kelly
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer & Composer Dane Alexander
Set Designer Jonathan Shankey
Animation John Grist
Illustrator Tiffany Atkin
Artwork Brydie Cossar
Cast Noriaki Okubo, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Masako Mizusawa, Caroline Dunphy, and Zachary Boulton

Inspiring cross-cultural contemporary performance.

Come on a dizzying & electric cross-cultural adventure! This is a truly exciting new contemporary production: it is bold, explosive, accessible for a broad audience & terrific fun. 

Woven together with contemporary voices, electronic music, Japanese urban myths, anime, live DJ & boxing, HANAKO is driven by a young girl’s desire to write her own future.

It is based on a true story from 1902 of an American producer who turned a Japanese dancer, Hanako, into a star by getting her to die graphically on stage every night. Her death scenes were so extraordinary that they caught the attention of Auguste Rodin who sculpted more than 50 statues of her.

Available to Tour



Theatre, Drama


Suitable for audiences 15 and over due to adult content.


70 minutes, plus interval

Minimum Stage

7.5m width x 7.5m depth x 4.5m height

Previous Seasons

Brisbane Festival 2016

Technical Specifications

What people are saying

The Belloo team have created an action packed, fast paced mash-up of rap, martial arts, fashion and mayhem. Aussie Theatre

[Hanako] represents all that is wonderful about festival works and the rich diversity of theatrical conversation that they generate. This is a show for the curious and creative alike. Blue Curtains Brisbane

Selling Points

Audience for this work are fans of drama, contemporary performance, entertainment-seekers, people looking for high quality original work, those interested in contemporary world history, literature (especially Japanese literature) and the arts. Age range is broad, and the work is designed to appeal equally to younger audiences from 15+ through to older patrons 65+.

  • Hanako is the newest work from Brisbane-based all-female theatre company Belloo Creative. Their production Motherland won numerous awards including Matilda Award for Best Independent Production and Groundling Award for Best Overall Production
  • There’s a strong Japanese flavour to this contemporary work as it’s based on a classic Japanese works and features a cast from Japan and Australia. The performance will be in English with some sections in Japanese.
  • The audience will experience a mash-up of theatre, anime, fashion, martial arts, boxing and a live DJ.
  • Hanako has been nominated for 5 Matilda Awards (winners to be announced 20 February 2017)