SPIRIT – Shashari-deteh – JPNpetitfestival
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Sharekouve Gennari is a kaishakunin, an attendant in the Japanese form of ritual suicide known as harakiri or seppuku. In ancient times the kaishakunin's role was to cut off the head of the high ranking person committing seppuku and end their suffering honourably. In our story, Sharekouve Gennari suddenly finds himself no longer able to perform this duty. Cast adrift, he somehow finds himself in medieval Europe during the time of the rise to prominence of Joan of Arc. What would happen when a man who excels at one thing loses that ability? We investigate.