What We Do

Black Stripe Theater are a group of artists and educators.
The group have worked extensively as:


Actors creating exciting and accessible performances

Theatre in Education

Performers in theatre in education tours


facilitators bringing dynamic and inclusive drama workshops to young people


Speakers sharing ideas through talks at conferences

School Performances

Teachers guiding young people and teachers in creating school performances


coordinators making corporate clients confront and tackle workplace issues

Who we are

The Black Stripe Theater is a group of international directors, actors and teachers bringing English-language theater opportunities to Tokyo and other cities in Japan.

Our Mission

Black Stripe Theater aims to engage, inspire, challenge and entertain young people and audiences by creating exciting drama opportunities through our workshops, talks, school visits and performances. We believe drama can be used as a powerful tool to change young people’s lives for the better.

The company name Black Stripe comes from a line in Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, the company’s inaugural production, spoken by the character Gus ruminating about the crockery

The group have collaborated on many productions of classic, modern and contemporary English-speaking plays. In 2017 the group started taking their performances into schools and universities with the aim of bringing accessible, educational and fun performances to young people.

Chris Parham

Chris Parham

Chris is from London. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College. He has taught Drama and acted on stages throughout the UK and Japan.

Walter Roberts

Walter Roberts

Walter is from Nebraska. He trained at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and worked extensively in rep. theatre after graduation. He came to Japan as a cellist with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago in 1992. Walter has worked as a musician, actor, director, singer and narrator.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris

Tim Harris is from London. Since moving to Tokyo in 1973, he has written for numerous publications, here and abroad, and has worked as an actor, narrator, director, and diction coach for professional singers at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and elsewhere.

Brandon Francis

Brandon Francis

Brandon is from Norwich. He started his acting career with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He has worked as a professional actor on stage, screen and radio in England, America and Japan. He also has extensive experience running drama workshops with various Theatre companies.

Antun Percic

Antun Percic

Antun Percic is a Croatian and British actor. He has worked extensively in theatre, TV, radio and film throughout Europe, North America and Japan.

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Dealer’s Choice

Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber was staged at Trance Mission theater space in Sangubashi, Tokyo in March 2017. The play was directed by Chris Parham. Gina Benson was Assistant Director. Cast: Phillip Arneill, Brandon Francis, Read more…


The Dresser

The Dresser by Ronald Harwood was staged at Trance Mission theater space in September 2016. The director was Keiko Tsuneda Cast: Phillip Arneill, Christians Brew, Nicolas Gregoriades, Timothy Harris, Louise Heal Kawaii, Lizzie Howard and Read more…



Seven by 7 contemporary playwrights was staged at Trance Mission theater space in April 2016. This production was directed by Rachel Walter. Cast: Sarajean Rossiti, David Mashiko and others.

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