In Japan it is said that if you fold a thousand paper cranes your wish will come true.
From West to East from East to West, A Thousand Cranes aims to create visual, vibrant, physical theatre inspired by stories from Japan and Europe which celebrate and unite the two differing cultures and is committed to work that promotes intercultural dialogue and exchange.
A Thousand Cranes theatre company was founded in 2006 by performer Kumiko Mendl and director Vicky Ireland MBE. Combining Vicky’s lifelong passion for Children’s Theatre and interest in Japan and Kumiko’s childhood memories of living in Japan we decided to create a company dedicated to bringing the many fascinating stories and culture of Japan to UK young audiences. With the help of artsdepot in North Finchley, London we have been able to create three shows and were made Artistic Associates of the venue in October 2009.