In November 2011, Australian playwrights David Finnigan, Sam Burns-Warr, Georgie McAuley and Jordan Prosser travelled to the Philippines to work with the contemporary theatre group Sipat Lawin Ensemble on a month-long collaborative devising process. At the end of the workshop and devising phase, a 177-page script was produced for the site-specific re-telling of Koushun Takami’s infamous novel (and its subsequent film spin-off), Battle Royale.
On February 2012, the Sipat Lawin Ensemble produced Battalia Royale, a new theatre production inspired by Koushon Takami’s novel Battle Royale. Written and devised by the company along with Australian playwrights Sam Burns-Warr, David Finnigan, Georgie McAuley and Jordan Prosser, and directed by JK Anicoche, Battalia Royale was performed at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines on Roxas Boulevard and at Old Victoria School in Cubao.
Battalia Royale is based on the Koushun Takami novel, Battle Royale, and the movie of the same name. Battalia Royale has not been granted an official license by either the author (Koushun Takami) or the film company (Toei Company, LTD).