Japanese artist Sonoko Obuchi has created a Manga Mural for the large window in the Millfield Theatre courtyard. The mural is inspired by the young people who participate in performing arts across Enfield, many of whom perform on the Millfield Theatre stage.
The drawings are taken from students who attend the Platinum Performing Arts School at Millfield House and they celebrate the opening of the Platinum Academy of Performing Arts in September 2020.
The next time you attend a show at Millfield Theatre make sure you go into the courtyard and take a look at this magnificent Manga Mural celebrating all that good in our young people in Enfield.
Japanese born Artist / Set Designer Sonoko Obuchi was the first ever artist in residence for the Historic Royal Palaces (Kensington Palace, Tower of London, Hampton Court). There she produced a contemporary film which became part of their permanent collection in 2009. Sonoko created a brand character for Anna Lou of London, a jewellery company and produced many illustrations for their products which featured in magazines including Grazia & Guardian on Sunday. They were sold in Selfridges, Topshop and in luxury fashion stores in Japan. Sonoko worked on Gorillaz 'Strobelite' music video as an assistant stylist. Her solo exhibition 'POP JAPAN' (2017, The Dugdale Centre, London) was a real success and the exhibition was extended further two months due to the high popularity. Sonoko had been a music stage designer for the Standon Calling boutique music festival 2008 - 2010, and 2015. Gilles Peterson, Hawkwind, DJ Yoda and Acid Mother’s Temple have performed on her stages. Sonoko has been a stage set designer for pantomime shows at Millfield Theatre in London for the last 9 years, and working on this year's Snow White (2020). Sonoko joined Old Vic New Voices in May 2014.
Sonoko is currently producing Manga tutorials on YouTube channel Ramen Squad during the UK quarantine period (covid-19).