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Electric Japan: Kentaro Kobayashi

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

As part of Coronet Inside Out, Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturg, theatre director, and manga artist Kentaro Kobayashi has shared a recording of his hugely popular solo show Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life.


“My solo performance “Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life” was staged at The Coronet Theatre in 2017. It is a performance that depicts the world through a live picture book. Now you can watch it on YouTube. You can enjoy it even if you do not understand Japanese. Thank you everyone. And have fun everyday!” – Kentaro Kobayashi


Watch Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life



Following his sold-out UK premiere at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2015, award-winning performance artist Kentaro Kobayashi brought Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life exclusively to The Coronet Theatre in 2017.

Featuring original hand-drawn animation by Kobayashi, audiences are immersed in a spectacular world of art and magic which playfully mixes mime-based live performance with film and projection. Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life glimpses into the solitary universe of one gentleman’s daily existence. Obsessed with trivial pursuits, Mr Potsunen’s story is touching, eccentric, and wonderfully funny.

Potsunen is a series of theatrical sketches written, directed and performed by Kentaro Kobayashi. First performed in 2005, Potsunen has since developed a huge fan base in Japan, leading to extensive international tours.


Watch Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life

Additional Information

Kentaro Kobayashi was born in Kanagawa Prefecture on April 17, 1973. Kobayashi has appeared in many works as a performer as well as writing and directing works for video and the stage. His creative activities are diverse, including novels, picture books, manga, anime works, and exhibitions. In 1998, he announced his debut work, a comedy performance series “Ramen’s Box Type”.

In 2002. He has started a theatre project “K.K.P.” through which he created numerous works such as “TAKE OFF ~ The Wright brothers ~”, “Nokemono Nokemono”, and “Uruu”.

In 2005, he made his solo debut as “Potsunen”, which led to three international tours. Also, he has produced “Kentaro Kobayashi TV” for NHK BS Premium, which has been broadcast for 10 years. In 2016, he launched a comedy play group “The Kajala”.