Natsuko Mineghishi delivers an impressive performance in Back at the Dojo.
"The surprise package is performer and martial artist Natsuko Mineghishi, a real-life karate black belt (she runs her own dojo in Melbourne) and an accomplished singer.Her sensei is pure gravitas and her power and speed – demonstrated in a bout with actor and karate practitioner Dara Clear playing a brown-belted wise guy – electrifies the room. Stage fights don't always convince. This one had the room gripped and close to cheering."
A diminutive but commanding presence, Mineghishi plays Danny’s sensei on stage and makes the theme of discipline and honour tangible. Having a real sensei there leading a fair amount of karate (having trained the cast in the basics with a class each day during rehearsals) gives the play a visceral physicality and exhilarating energy. The crack of Mineghishi’s bamboo cane across the younger Danny’s body makes you wince, while a fight between the sensei and a brown belt is thrilling.
Outstanding performance by Natsuko with her beautiful singing! As well as a orchestrating a brilliantly entertaining afternoon with a unique program covering all possible aspects of the theme from music, delicious delicacies and as well as colourful garments to try and purchase. Had the opportunity to also meet some wonderful people from divers backgrounds with a passion and appreciation for classical music. Looking forward to enjoy the next programme!! Mashi