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Forthcoming Events



2-19 August Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

(Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

7 August Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick

7 October Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

26 October SPILL Festival, Ipswich

10 November Theatre Royal Dumfries, Dumfries


10 August Pitch Cabaret, Glasgow

23 August Contact, Manchester

The Tallest

29 July Platform, Glasgow

9-10 August Merchant City Festival, Glasgow

22 September UNCON 2.0, Perth Theatre, Perth

Theatre Design

Kleider Machen Kaiser

Premier 21 April 2018 @ tjg. Theater Junge Generation, Dresden, Germany

photo: Julia Bauer

EATEN is back!: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

Brief Biography

Originally trained as a zoologist, then as a theatre designer, Mamoru is also a performance maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The performance works are rooted in his knowledge and experience in theatre design (set, costume and projection) as well as broad interests in 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and evolution theories.

All his full-length pieces have toured in the UK and internationally to countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and the USA.

His theatre design work include Mincemeat (Cardboard Citizens, Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards), Gloria: A Pigtale (Mahogany Opera Group, Bregenz Festival and ROH) and The Pink Bits (Mapping4D, Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award).

Mamoru was an Artsadmin associate artist 2012-15.

To view/download Mamoru’s portfolio, click here

What critics said about Mamoru’s performance work


...a really cunning, witty work that makes the brain cells spark with delight. (Mary Brennan, The Herald)

...surreally comic...exploration of time by one of the UK theatre’s most ingenious figures. (Tom Wicker, The Stage)

...beautifully techno-cockoo ... charmingly dead-pan, witty and inventive. (Donald Hutera, The Times)

...Iriguchi’s wild imagination and rudimentary graphics could lead us anywhere. (Peter Crawley, The Irish Times)

...absurdly hilarious, it's also very sweet. One of the most imaginative things you’ll see (Lyndsey Winship, Time Out)


2016 Autopsy Award (Summerhall and Feral Arts for 4D Cinema)

2016 Best Director, Asian Arts Awards (for 4D Cinema)

2014 SACRED commission (Chelsea Theatre for 4D Cinema)

2014 Residency (@ Frankfurt LAB for 4D Cinema)

2014 Spring Loaded commission (The Place for GRAFT)

2014 N.O.W.14 (The Yard for PAINKILLERS)

2014 Residency (@ National Theatre Studio for PAINKILLERS)

2013 Projector/Conjector selected as a Priority Company @ Aerowaves, Spring Forward Festival

2013 Choreodrome residency (@The Place for GRAFT)

2012 The Place Prize commisson (The Place, London for One Man Show)

2012 Fierce Festival / Pilot commission (Birmingham for Alone in Cinema)

2010 Plateaux commission(Mousonturm, Frankfurt for Into the Skirt)

2009 SPILL Festival National Platform (National Theatre Studio for Pregnant?!)

2009 Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards                                   (Mincemeat, Cardboard Citizens)

2004 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award

(The Pink Bits, Mapping4D)

Current/Recent Collaboration with other artists

Brian Lobel – The Sick of the Fringe/Cruising for Art/ various projects

Mamoru’s role: Performance artist/ Graphic Designer

Mamoru worked as graphic designer for Brain’s various projects including Carpe Minuta Prima, Purge and his DVD published by Live Art Development Agency. Mamoru regularly performs for Cruising for Art that Brian curates.

Eilidh MacAskill– The Clothes Show (working title)

Mamoru’s role: Performance artist

Mamoru was invited to work with Eilidh on her new performance piece about gender in children’s theatre. Their first outing was at Southbank Centre, London, July 2016.

Freddie Opoku-Addaie / Graeme Miller – Show of Hands

Mamoru’s role: Designer

A choreographic piece that was premiered in autumn 2013 as part of Dance Umbrella. It is currently touring nationally.

Susanne Zaun – Alice im Wunderland, Die Schneekönigin

Mamoru’s role: Designer

A Schlosstheater Moers production for children based on The Snow Queen to be premiered in autumn 2014 and runs till February 2015. Susanne is a preformance maker, director and dramaturg based in Frankfurt. She is working with Mamoru also as dramaturg on his new projects.

Tim Jeeves -- The Kindness of Strangers

Mamoru’s role: Designer

In1998, after intensive treatment for malignant tumours in his leg, lungs and liver, Tim was given bone marrow by an anonymous donor. Partly a reflection on how to thank the most significant person Tim has never met, but also an exploration of how we deal with another’s generosity, The Kindness of Strangers opens a bag of marrow and – even though it might get a bit messy – takes a look at what’s inside

Nicola Conibere -- Count Two / Practice

Mamoru’s role: Lighting Designer/ Production Manager

Choreographical projects. Other collaborators: Gerrard Bell, Antje Hildebrandt, Tim Jeeves, Elena Koukoli, Taylan Halici, Neil Callaghan, Helka Kaski, Lucille Acevedo-Jones, Duncun McLeod. 

Frederic Wake-WalkerGloria: A Pig Tale

Mamoru’s role: Designer

A darkly comic opera by HK Gruber. A co-production of Mahogany Opera Group, Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival. The tour includes Royal Opera House and Bregenz Festival (Austria).

Andy FieldJerwood Choreographic Research Project

Mamoru’s role: co-researcher

Andy is working independently with three artists Nicola Conibere, Dan Canham and Mamoru– to look at choreographic practice which places the audiences actively in the centre of instruction based performances.