Kabuki is practiced across the world. Photo courtesy Creative Commons.

Kabuki is practiced across the world. Photo courtesy Creative Commons.

Stolen swords and cross-dressers

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese dance and drama, with an all-male cast.

But for nearly 40 years, the ANU Za Kabuki club adds a modern twist - boys play girls and girls play boys.

In this video below, 2014 Za Kabuki producer and Master of Asia-Pacific Studies graduate Naomi Holm talks about the club's 37th performance, the tale of Sukeroku and his quest to avenge his father's murder and retrieve his stolen sword.

Holm also talks about the joy of blending classical Japanese art with a modern Australian feel.