The Opportunity of Efficiency


The Opportunity of Efficiency

April 2013

Inspired by the growth of efficiency as a force for change in society and the influence of big business on national and international affairs, The Opportunity of Efficiency is a story of small lives caught up in a global power struggle.

Bio-scientist Iffy Scott has made a discovery that could save millions of lives – but, it seems, not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.

Alan Harris (writer of National Theatre Wales’ first ever production, A Good Night Out in the Valleys) returns to create the company’s first ever international commission, produced by theNew National Theatre, Tokyo.

Location: In Tokyo, Japan
Members: 54
Latest Activity: May 17, 2016

To stay up to date with the show, and follow NTW staff members on their adventures in Japan, we've created a Storify Story of all the tweets and updates from Tokyo. 

Read it here

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Comment by Katherine Jewkes on May 22, 2013 at 0:21

Hi All,

I've made a short video of my trip to Japan- if you want to take a look, you can find the blog here.


Comment by Matt Ball on April 12, 2013 at 3:20

A sneaky peak behind the scenes at the assembly... 

Comment by Matt Ball on April 11, 2013 at 13:38
Comment by Katherine Jewkes on April 11, 2013 at 13:35

Well, the fish market was the most amazing experience- I took so many photos and videos which I'll edit and upload later, but here's my favourite photo of the lot in the meantime!

Photo: Fish eye lense @john_ntw @abdul_ntw #ntwjapan
Comment by Katherine Jewkes on April 11, 2013 at 6:48

It's 2.45am in Japan, and I'm getting ready to go to a fish market with John McGrath and his lovely translator. Apparently the number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, which is the maximum number which the market's infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25 and 5:50, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50 and 6:15.

Seems more difficult to get tickets to than Kabuki Theatre! Fingers Crossed we get in!

Comment by Matt Ball on April 11, 2013 at 1:08

Alun Harris tell us what its been like to work in Japan:

Comment by Katherine Jewkes on April 10, 2013 at 18:28

I've been here 5 days, and I've still not eaten Sushi! Where is a good place to go?

Comment by Katherine Jewkes on April 10, 2013 at 18:27

I gave a talk about Digital Arts at the British Council last night, here's some more info, and a link to the video if you're interested!

Comment by Matt Ball on April 10, 2013 at 5:16

Tomorrow I'm going to be giving a talk at the British Council at 3pm (9am BST), if you want to know more about how WalesLab will support Japanese artists next year you can watch the even on this live stream:

If you don't want to watch me over your breakfast (uk), or you're busy tomorow afternoon (Japan) the talk will be available on youtube later.

Comment by Matt Ball on April 9, 2013 at 15:50

After a few hours sleep we headed to Kyoto, to take in a couple of shrines,

before being shown around Kyoto Arts Centre, where this afternoon I talked to a group of local artists, talking in more detail about the projects we've helped decvelop through WalesLab.

It's a great building. A former school, which houses lots of different Arts and social projects, including the Kyoto Experiment, who were my hosts for the afternoon. After a quick dash back to the station, we're now zooming back to Tokyo on the bullet train to catch the opening night at The New National Theatre. I will try to resist the temptation to adopt the tradition from Kabuki of shouting out the actors names at important moments.

Thanks go to the British Council for arranging this whirlwind tour.


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