Kabuki Greats Historical Period Dramas
- by The Violet Club
The first in a three-part series about the kabuki theatre of Japan, this volume introduces eleven period pieces based on historical events, often taking place in the Edo period. The plays deal with a range of topics and themes, such as disputes among samurai families. Although they are based on real events, these theatrical works are fictionalised representations involving dramatic and sometimes absurd developments, exaggerated performances styles, and extravagant costumes. Because of the vast repertoire of this genre, only the most dramatic, impactful, and formally notable plays have been selected for this overview, filled with vibrant costumes, stage views, and detailed analyses.