Five Days in March

Five Days in March (2012) was a staged reading by Oslo International Theatre in collaboration with The Norwegian Theatre, with a play by Japanese Toshiki Okada as its foundation.

About Five Days in March Okada has said that he wanted to react to the (most recent) war in Iraq, without leaving the mundane. In the play the youth Yukki and Minobe meet randomly. They shut themselves into a hotel room in five days in March 2003; while USA invades Iraq and anti-war demonstrations fill the streets they focus on alcohol and unlimited sex. They escape the outer world and are finally free, but for how long can one be free? For how long can one be with another person? Can one relate to global events and conflicts, or is it just as well just moving to March?

Toshiki Okada, born in Yokohama in 1973, founded the theatre company chelfitsch in 1997, and has written and directed a number of productions for the company since then. In particular he is known for his use of hyper-realists Japanese mundane speech. Five Days in March won Kishida Drama Award in 2005, and the same year Okada received the Japanese Yokohama Award for Art and Cultural Encouragement.


E-mail from Oslo International Theatre, 07.06.2012


(Objekt ID 29190)
Object type Production
Premiere June 14, 2012
Produced by Oslo International Theatre
In collaboration with The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada
Audience Adults
Number of events 3
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Reading
Running period June 14, 2012  —  June 16, 2012
Name Role
Toshiki Okada – Playwright
Anne Lande Peters – Translation
Øystein Ulsberg Brager – Direction
Philip Thorne – Direction
Otto Homlung – Dramaturge
Yngve Berven – Actor
Huy Le Vo – Actor
Rune Storsæther Løding – Actor
Ida Løken Valkeapää – Actor
Espen Løvås – Actor
Sveinung Oppegaard – Actor
Kirsti Stubø – Actor
Espen Hjort – Director’s assistant
Performance dates
June 16, 2012Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – Reading
June 15, 2012Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – Reading
June 14, 2012Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – National premiere, Norway