Kazuko Hohki is an artist, singer, musician, animator, director, performer and storyteller. Her critically acclaimed work combines theatre, live art and performance and fuses idiosyncratic storytelling, multimedia work, original songs and her trademark deadpan humour. Born in Tokyo, Kazuko moved to England in 1978. She is a founder member of Frank Chickens, has released 5 albums, made a number of documentaries, hosted her own TV series’ for Channel 4, written and recorded for BBC Radio and published 4 books. She is also one of the UK’s most innovative theatre makers.
Over the last decade, she has collaborated and performed with Duckie, the Clod Ensemble, Yellow Earth and Guillermo Gomez Pena. She has created a series of highly celebrated and acclaimed solo and collaborative theatre shows, which have toured throughout the UK and the world. Productions include the delightful trilogy of multimedia solo shows Toothless, The Shining Princess and My Husband is a Spaceman, all based on Kazuko’s experiences as a Japanese woman living in England; the site-responsive promenade shows for adults Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers and for children, The Great Escape (A Borrowers Tale), both inspired by Mary Norton’s books about the small people under the floorboards and Oh Doh, an outdoor site responsive show framed around the notion of ‘endings’; Other recent productions include Kazuko Hohki’s Wuthering Heights, created for the UK rural touring circuit and her most recent production Last Night I Dreamed I was an Eskimo, created and presented in arctic Norway. Kazuko is currently developing Incontinental - a new production being supported by the Wellcome Trust and developed in collaboration with Medical and research specialists at University College Hospital London.