Barefoot Gen

By Keiji Nakasawa

A professional world premiere of an adaptation of this Japanese Manga telling the story of a family living in Hiroshima during the Second World War.

Maya Productions are working to produce a new theatrical adaptation of this seminal Japanese Manga Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakasawa. Seen through the eyes of an 8 year old boy Gen, the play tells the powerful story of an anti-war family living in Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War.

Over 70 years after this catastrophic event, we are still a world at war.

Maya’s artistic director Suzanne Gorman was involved in the world premiere of this adaptation in Sheffield in 1996. The Crucible’s youth theatre production of Barefoot Gen was thus reviewed by The Star,

“This astonishing world premiere is one of the most shockingly powerful and moving pieces to be seen at the Crucible in too many seasons ….a story that needs to be told to a new generation.

We will create a play that will tour for schools and young audiences. Alongside the production we will develop a project that examines how the world has moved on, and asks what our relationship to weapons of mass destruction is, and should be today.

Maya have recently collaborated with  Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Age Uk, and Trinity School Belvedere to explore the play text and its themes.


Photography by James Creatham from Surround Summer Studios.
Production Photographs by Darren Woolway