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MIURA Daisuke
Born: 1975
Function: stage director playwright
Company: Potudo-ru

Born in Hokkaido, Miura is leader of the theater unit Potudo-ru formed by members of the Waseda University Drama Club. Eschewing their early theatrical excesses, the company eliminated dramatic elements as much as possible in favor of a semi-documentary style in pursuit of a gritty realism. This has now developed into a skillful documentary-style dramatic technique that manages to blend fiction with reality, and their performances never fail to create a buzz among theatergoers. Potudo-ru's 13th production, Ai no uzu (Love's Whirlpool), won the 50th Kishida Drama Award in 2005. Other notable works are Gekijo (Violent Emotion), Koi no uzu (Passion's Whirlpool), and Ningen Shikkaku (Human No Longer).

Photo: Hikino Wakana
Ai no uzu (Love’s Whirlpool)
The setting is a room in a private club that arranges sex parties. Five men and five women meeting each other for the first time make small talk until the first couple to pair off heads up to the loft to have sex. This is repeated throughout the play. In this particular setting devoid of any emotional connection and dominated by sexual desire, with characters whose identity is defined by personality and job the hollowness of the characters is exposed, and the foolishness of people obsessed by sex is affectionately portrayed.

First staged: 2005
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 7 scenes
Cast: 12 (7 male, 5 female)
First staged by: Potudo-ru

Photo: Hikino Wakana
Ningen Shikkaku (Human No Longer)
The setting is a room in the apartment of 25-year-old Isamu, who lives alone. He has shut himself up in this room, not bothering to turn up for work and living off his parents. Caught out by a scam run by a telephone dating club, he begins to show signs of recovery after reading Dazai Osamu's novel No Longer Human, recommended to him by an ex-girlfriend. However, he still has violent fantasies of gang rape and murder, and he remains as inhuman as ever in his own imagination.

First staged: 2007
Acts/scenes: 1 act, 10 scenes
Cast: 5 (3 male, 2 female)
First staged by: Potudo-ru