“Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession” had its world premiere in Bangkok in 2018. It tells the story of an artist and his life against the background of modern Thai history. In a dizzying mix of ingredients including national identity, political confrontation, art, sex, pop culture, and repeated military coups, he struggles body and soul with the question of human happiness and his loneliness. While torn apart in the process, he nevertheless has a yearning and craving for life.

This is definitely not a story of Thailand alone; it also belongs to us – we and you who are alive today.

The play is a theatrical adaptation of a novel by Uthis Haemamool, one of the foremost authors on Thailand’s contemporary literary scene. It was written and directed by Toshiki Okada, and the scenography was reconstructed by Yuya Tsukahara, a member of the performance group contact Gonzo. It was given the Best Play Award in the IATC Thailand Dance and Theatre Awards 2018, which is Thailand’s only program of awards for performing arts, and received the highest accolades in Bangkok’s theatrical circles. Its performance at the Pompidou Center in Paris (as an official program in the Festival d’Automne à Paris / Japonismes 2018) also evoked a great reaction. This elaborate 4-hour production replete with innovative features is finally going to have its first-ever performance in Japan!


27th June – 7th July 2019


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Theatre East  MAP
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
Tel: +81 3 5391 2111

2-minute walk from West Exit of Ikebukuro Station on JR lines, Tokyo Metro lines, Tobu Tojo Line, and Seibu Ikebukuro Line
*Directly accessible from Exit 2b of Ikebukuro Station underground passage


Thu. 27 June 6:00 p.m.
Fri. 28 June 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 29 June 1:00 p.m.
Sun. 30 June 1:00 p.m.
Mon. 1 July 6:00 p.m.
Tue. 2 July CLOSED
Wed. 3 July 1:00 p.m. *Post Talk
Thu. 4 July 6:00 p.m.
Fri. 5 July 11:00 a.m. *Additional Performance
Fri. 5 July 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 6 July 1:00 p.m.
Sun. 7 July 1:00 p.m.

* Performance duration: 240 minutes (including a 20-minute intermission). Sales of foods and beverages during the intermission.
* Language: Thai (with subtitles in Japanese and English)
* Doors open 15 minutes before the start of the performance.
* Ticket counter open 1 hour before the start of the performance.
* Guests arriving by wheelchair are kindly asked to contact precog personnel by email (info@precog-jp.net) in advance.

Childcare service

Parents may temporarily leave their children with this service while seeing performances at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. (The service is for a fee, and has a limit on the number of children accepted for care. Use of it requires application no later than one week before the intended day of use, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)

Contact for application & inquiries: Warabe Uta, HITOWA Career Support Co., Ltd.
Tel: +81(0)120-415-306 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)


info@precog-jp.net +81 3-6825-1223 (precog / 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on weekdays)


Original novel by

Uthis Haemamool


Toshiki Okada


Yuya Tsukahara

Assistant Director

Wichaya Artamat


Jarunun Phantachat
Kemmachat Sermsukchareonchai
Kwankaew Kongnisai
Pavinee Samakkabutr
Sasapin Siriwanij
Tap-a-nan Tandulyawat
Teerawat Mulvilai
Thanaphon Accawatanyu
Thongchai Pimapunsri
Waywiree Ittianunkul
Witwisit Hiranyawongkul


Kyoko Fujitani


Pornpan Arayaveerasid


Masamitsu Araki

Scenography assistant/Video

Takuya Matsumi

Technical director

Kazushi Ota

Original novel translation/Japanese subtitle production

Sho Fukutomi

Script translation

Muthita Panich

Translation cooperation

Patarasorn Koopipat, Matana Jaturasangpairoj

English subtitle translation

Aya Ogawa


Patarasorn Koopipat

Executive Producer

Akane Nakamura

Production manager

Yoko Kawasaki

Publicity Design/Photo

Takuya Matsumi

PR planning cooperation

AWRD (loftwork)

PR cooperation

Taisuke Shimanuki

Organized by

The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Co-sponsored by

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

Planning & Production Management

precog co.,LTD.

Produced by

The Japan Foundation Asia Center, precog co.,LTD., chelfitsch

Creation support

Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Saison Foundation

In co-operation with

Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, College of Social Communication Innovation, Srinakharinwirot University, Democrazy Theatre Studio, contact Gonzo, B-Floor Theatre, FAIFAI, For What Theatre, Splashing Theatre Company