SHIMIZU wrote his first play, Shomei-nin (A
Man Who Signed His Name), in 1958 while he was an
undergraduate at Waseda University, Tokyo. In 1968 he
and Yukio Ninagawa established the theatre company Gendaijin-Gekijo
(Theatre of Contemporary People). Their first play, Hearty
but Flippant, marked Ninagawa’s debut as a
director and he went on to direct the company’s
next six plays, five of which were written by Shimizu.
Having founded his own theatre company, Mokutou-sha, in
1974, Shimizu began to work in collaboration with Ninagawa
again in 1982. Tango at the End of Winter was
a major success of the 1988 Tokyo season.
PETER BARNES (1931 – 2004) wrote over fifty plays.
His stage work includes Sclerosis (1965), Leonardo’s
Last Supper (1969), Noonday Demons (1969),
The Bewitched (1974), Laughter! (1978),
Red Noses (1985), and Sunset and Glories
(1990). He is also known for his adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s
Lulu (1970), and Barnes’ People,
a series of monologues, duologues and trilogues written
specially for radio. He wrote nine screenplays including
The Ruling Class (1972) and Enchanted April
(1991). His last play, Jubilee, was staged by
the RSC in 2001.