Play directory : Drink The Mercury

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The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    David Holman
  • Overview
    This story of the infamous "Minamata Outbreak", in which mercury poisoning from a polluting multinational factory hit the people of a Japanese fishing village, focuses on the family of 9-year-old Ioka who succumbed to what has come to be known as "Minamata Disease". The story chronicles the struggle of the people of Minamata Bay in exacting justice and compensation for this ecological and human tragedy. "Human suffering and legal wrangling still continues 40 years after the Minamata pollution incident." This play is heavily influenced by Japanese theatre forms of Noh and Kabuki and blends images of Japan that are recognisable to a western audience.