Learn Rakugo Japanese Comedy

Discover the art of Japanese comedy storytelling in the comfort of your own home



2 hours Class size 10 to 50     label $98


Expand your cultural horizons with this live online workshop into Rakugo, a 400 year old Japanese comedy storytelling art form.

This is a rare opportunity for you to learn in English from Showko - the only professionally trained Japanese Rakugo artist currently working outside of Japan in Melbourne.

A Rakugo story is told by a performer who has to act out a story by themselves with only two humble props, a folding fan (Sensu) and hand towel (Tenugui). They must be able play the role of each distinct character by changing personality, facial expression, mannerisms, speech, etc. Due to the simple structure they can express and describe anything, drawing the viewer into the story through their imagination.

This condensed two-hour online workshop provides clear skills and techniques that you can implement immediately and covers the very fundamental structure of Rakugo.

Time: 2-4pm AEDT (Melbourne Time)

What you will learn:

  • Introduction and history of Rakugo
  • Introduction to Rakugo stories and jokes
  • How to perform Short Rakugo stories
  • Movements and techniques
  • Rules of performing

You will get:
  • Lots of interaction and participation
  • Q & A time
  • Scripts and access to the workshop video

This live streaming class is perfect for:
  • Learning Rakugo stories and techniques
  • Learning a new form of storytelling
  • Using Rakugo for language teaching
  • Learning new theatre or acting skills
  • Entertaining people
  • Those who love comedy
  • Those who love Japan
  • Also recommended for storytellers, teachers, students, performing artists and actors


Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What to bring
Please prepare these two items for the workshop:
  • Folding Fan (any type or a pen)
  • Tenugui or Handkerchief or Bandana
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

Your teacher

Showko is the only fully trained professional Rakugo performer living outside Japan in Melbourne. Rakugo is traditional Japanese comedy storytelling. Showko regularly runs Rakugo workshops for corporate events, universities and schools and is now hosting online workshops.

Showko also is arguably the world’s quirkiest and most original ventriloquist. She was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and has her own special on Amazon Prime Video (US & UK). Her combination of standup, ventriloquism and Rakugo is hugely entertaining and wonderfully offbeat.

More about this class

This class is new, and is covered by ClassBento's money-back guarantee.

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