Peel the Limelight to recount the history of the hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army, in their first original work titled “Hollow”
Peel the Limelight’s third production this season will be an original theatrical piece titled “Hollow”, devised and performed by Peel the Limelight. It recounts the history of the hundred of thousands of women, commonly referred to as “comfort women”, who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II. Following the sold-out and critically acclaimed productions of “Agnes of God” in March and “I Am My Own Wife” in May, “Hollow” will premiere on August 3rd at 8:00 p.m. and run every weekend of August at the Peel the Limelight Studio.
The Japanese government facilitated and funded a state sanctioned system of military brothels across the Asia Pacific theatre before and during World War II, so-called “comfort stations”. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 women were abducted and enslaved by this program but exact numbers are still a matter of research and debate. Most of the women were from Korea, China and the Philippines, although Malay, Taiwanese, Dutch and Australian nationals were also involved. The majority did not survive World War II and according to author, journalist and documentary maker Griselda Molemans,“The system of Japanese forced prostitution claimed victims of at least 26 nationalities.”
"Hollow" - an original work by Peel the Limelight
“Hollow” is inspired by the testimonies of the survivors and based on documentary evidence of the systematic abduction, rape, torture and abuse they suffered. It explores the legacy of these women and their transcendent strength to endure one of the darkest episodes of the 20th century. In a world where the remaining survivors still wait for an apology, what does it say about justice? The play is recommended for audience ages 15 or older. A special preview performance will be available on August 2nd at 8:00 p.m. for teachers interested in assessing the possibility of bringing a group of students to the show.
Devised and performed by Peel the Limelight
Production Design: Kochawan Chayawan
Sound Design: Surasak Kerdsin
Dramaturgy: Peter O’Neill
Ensemble: Valerie Bentson, Wisarut Homhuan, Panuwat Inthawat, Thanabodee Kodchapokee, James Laver, Siree Riewpaiboon, Neil Anthony Rusia, Claire Stanley, Ariya Theprangsimankul, Varratha Tongyoo
Fridays and Saturdays in August at 8:00 p.m.
(August 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25)
Running time: 75 minutes
Tickets: General admission THB 700; Early Bird THB 600; Members THB 500; Students THB 500
Venue: Peel the Limelight Studio, conveniently located a 5 minute walk off BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit stations