Back in 2005, two Osaka brothers named Takashi and Kanji Masuyama formed an experimental theatre company they called Kodomo Kyojin (Giant Child), which their younger brother, Yuji, joined soon after.
Now, although they’re still at the core of that troupe, the brothers — who all act and dance, while the eldest, Takashi, also writes and directs and Kanji handles design — have created ababa abarucam, a new unit named after graffiti they saw that seemed to capture a magic they’re aiming to bring to The Coronet in their first-ever production. With the now Tokyo-based Kodomo Kyojin having built a solid reputation both in Japan and abroad following 30 guerrilla-style performances at non-theater sites in Europe in 2007 — and pieces such as “Kaitai Adventure” (“Demolition Adventure”) that played out as the actors and audience knocked down a house together — ababa abarucam certainly has a hard act to follow. So, besides drawing as usual on their Korean-Japanese roots, and Osaka’s vibrant pop culture, who knows what kind of magic the Masuyama brothers will conjure up in the “imaginative fantasy drama” they have lined up for London this time . . .