Brief Biography

Mamoru (he/him) is an award-winning performance maker and theatre designer with a background in zoology. He is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rooted in his knowledge and experience in designing set, costume and projection, Mamoru’s performance work often explores 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and evolution theories.

His pieces have been presented in diverse platforms including theatre, dance, live art and participatory arts. They includes What You See When Your Eyes Are Closed / What You Don’t See When Your Eyes Are Open (Nominee: Offies Award), Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) (Nominee: CATS), EATEN (Nominee: CATS), The Tallest (Tate Early Years & Families commission), 4D Cinema (Winnner, Autopsy Award) and Projector/Conjector (Aerowaves Twenty14).All his full-length pieces toured in the UK and internationally.

His theatre design work includes Mincemeat (Cardboard Citizens, Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards)and The Pink Bits (Mapping4D, Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award).

What critics said about Mamoru’s performance work


“There are few theatre-makers working in Scotland today who have the creative imagination, the gloriously eccentric sense of humour and the brilliant comic delivery of Iriguchi.” 

(Mark Brown, The National)

“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)


2024 Creative Fund, Puppet Animation Scotland: Size Matters

2022/23 Schwankhalle (Bremen) Co-production

Wellcome Collection presentation

Nomination, Offie Awards: 

What You See When Your Eyes Are Closed / What You Don’t See When Your Eyes Are Open

2022/23 Play Development Bursary, Playwrights Studio Scotland: Working Money’s Social Club

2021 Nomination, Best Production for Children and Young People,CATS(Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland):

Nomination, Creativity Award, Creative Edinburgh Awards

Winner, Infallible Award, Best production for young audiences

Sex Education Xplorers(S.E.X.)

2021 Tramway Performance Now commission:

At the Ends of the Day

2019 //BUZZCUT// Double Thrills Associateship;

What You See When Your Eyes Are Closed / What You Don’t See When Your Eyes Are Open

2018 Nomination, Best Production for Children and Young People, CATS(Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland): Eaten

2017 Tate Early Years & Families Commission

The Tallest

2016 Winner, Autopsy Award (Summerhall and Feral Arts)

Winner, Best Director, Asian Arts Awards

4D Cinema

2014 SACRED commission (Chelsea Theatre)

Frankfurt LAB Residency

4D Cinema

2014 Spring Loaded commission (The Place)


2014 N.O.W.14 commission(The Yard)

National Theatre Studio Residency 


2013 Selected, Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival


2013 Fierce Festival / Live Art UK commission

4th October 2113

2013 Choreodrome residency (The Place)


2012 The Place Prize commisson (The Place, London)

One Man Show

2012- 15 Artsadmin Associate Artist

2012 Fierce Festival / Pilot commission

Alone in Cinema

2010 Plateaux Fesival commission(Mousonturm, Frankfurt)

Into the Skirt

2009 SPILL Festival National Platform (National Theatre Studio


2009 Best Design winner, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Mincemeat, Cardboard Citizens

2004 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award

The Pink Bits, Mapping4D