This afternoon I went to see Harajuku Girls at the Finbourough theatre. I only happened to find out about it through Twitter recently, but the play is only on till the 21st, so I rushed to get myself some tickets.
The story follows three high school girls who have just graduated. On the last day of school, they rejoice as they’ll never have to hear the principle’s old boring speeches again! But then what? Wait for exam results to know if you’ve made it into your top choice of university? Accept the fact that you’ve probably failed and start working? Or do everything you can to follow your dreams? And what happens to those who feel like they don’t really have a place…?
The girls are torn between following what their parents want them to be, and how society expects them to act, not only as a person, but as a woman. As is often heard in Japanese society, “The nail that sticks out gets hammered”. We see examples of characters that tried to be different, but eventually had to fall in line and conform to society. Those who try to pursue their dreams are told they can not, so instead they resort to unconventional ways to achieve this, which doesn’t end well.
Harajuku Girls features several comical moments, but is quick to bring us back to reality. The cast is small, with some actors even playing serval roles. They even change the sets themselves, which I found really interesting. It was done in such a way that it completely fit in with the story, and felt somewhat natural. The transitions were so smooth, you could have almost been watching movie. Although, it lasts two hours, you feel like it’s over in moment. So all in all, I have to say I really enjoyed it!
Harajuku Girls is on till the 21st, so there’s still time to catch it if you can!
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