Die Wolke (The Cloud) is a German children’s novel written in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster.
One day there is a nuclear accident, and everyday life for a 14-year old girl called Janna-Berta starts to break down. The world she is caught up in closely resembles Japan since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. This unwitting novel-turned-prophecy is brought to the stage in a form that ties into the realities of 2014.
Written by: Gudrun Pausewang
Translation: Yumiko Takada (Shogakukan-Bunko)
Script/Direction: Misaki Setoyama
Cast: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hana Hiduki, Kenji Shio, Kenshiro Nakata, Kenji Ohara, Yosuke Asakura, Karin Tachibana, Michiko Ishida, Kie Tsutsui, Masako Sato, Hidemasa Mase, Mikiko Omori
Theater company MINAMOZA was formed in 2001 to perform the works of playwright and performer Misaki Setoyama. Her plays depict the relationship of contemporary individuals with society from a journalistic perspective. Signature works include the post-Fukushima documentary play Hot Particle about Setoyama herself, the short piece Yubi (Fingers) which explores the standard values of the heart, and Wilco, about a young Japanese who joined a foreign military operation. In 2014, the work Karera no Teki (Their Enemy) looking at the true story of Japanese university students kidnapped in Pakistan was nominated for the 58th Kishida Prize for Drama (Kishida Kunio Gikyokushō).
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