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Pecha Kucha at Japan House


Kumiko was invited to give a Pecha Kucha presentation on behalf of A Thousand Cranes at the press launch for the exciting new Japan House London on May 22

The Launch was held at the impressive Magazine Restaurant beneath the iconic waves of the late Zaha Hadid’s extension to the  Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Kumiko was one of 6 Pecha Kucha’s presented (20 slides x 20 seconds). Her Pecha Kucha will be available to view later on

We look forward to working with Japan House in the future


Little Mochi Man’s life begins …


Research and development begins on our new show Little Mochi Man for children aged 4-7 years and their families. We are now seeking bookings for Spring 2018. Please contact for more information.

With support from Arts Council England and artsdepot we are looking forward to a busy and productive period in artsdepot’s creation space discovering the adventures of the runaway Mochi Man.

Mochi is a traditional rice cake made at New Year time by pounding special glutinous rice with a mortar and pestle.

See the spectacular skill involved in high speed mochi pounding below!



Tanabata Star Festival at Kew Gardens


Haruka will be telling the wonderful tale of Tanabata in the Minka House, Kew Gardens on Wed 3 and Thurs 4 August.

12.00, 13.30, 15.00

Join us for this special event.





Tales from Old Japan at Bedford Park Festival, Chiswick, London


Kumiko will be performing Tales from Old Japan at the Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick London on Saturday June 18 at 11am.

Tickets £5 suitable for children and their carers 4+

To book tickets and for more information click HERE

Final show of Me and My Cat? at the Linton Children’s Book Festival


This is the 6th bi-annual Children’s Book Festival in Linton Village in South Cambs. All the events are free and the organisers are tireless and dedicated volunteers committed to sharing the joy of reading and books. We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to perform all our shows to date and this year we will be presenting Me and My Cat? fresh from the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts !  Saturday 21 May 10.15am



Tales from Old Japan at the V and A

Kumiko at V and A

On Sunday 1 May Kumiko performed Tales from Old Japan to over 1000 adults and children over the course of the day.  We were in the enormous Raphael Gallery together with Koi carps and samurai hat makers, origami folders and dancers. Despite all the distractions (and with the help of a brilliant mic) we had great fun (Vicky on sound) and virtually everyone stayed to hear the tales to the end.  Not bad for a bit of pop up theatre,

Bermuda Success

Bermuda Festival

Vicky, Kumiko and Julian had a fabulous time in Bermuda.

Hamilton High Street

Hamilton High Street


sign outside the Earl Cameron Theatre


Highlight on the Monday when Detective K played to 378 (max seating capacity at the Ear Cameron) local school children who absolutely loved it. We were very well looked after and very grateful to everyone who made our trip such a success.

Satoshi Kitamura Me and My Cat?

Spot Satoshi’s book in the Bermuda book shop

A Thousand Cranes fly to Bermuda!

We are thrilled to be to performing at the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts February 6 – 8th  2016. Vicky, Kumiko and Julian will be flying out on 4th February and Detective K has agreed to blog about their adventures if she can manage the technical challenges she knows she will face. If she can manage Satoshi’s skypo-monitor then we think she can.

Performances will be taking place at the Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall, Hamilton named after the wonderful Bermuda-born actor Earl Cameron.

Me and My Cat? on tour again beginning 25th April 2015 in Barnes

Me and My Cat? will be appearing at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday 25th April 11.30am and 12.30pm more information here and to book tickets click here

Satoshi pays us a visit!

We were very honoured to have author and illustrator of “Me and My Cat?”, Satoshi Kitamura, at our performance at Rich Mix at the end of November. This is the first time he has visited the UK in five years, and he made a special effort to come and see the production. We’re pleased to say he’s given us the seal of approval!

Satoshi Kitamura in conversation with Vicky Ireland and Kumiko Mendl at Rich Mix

Satoshi Kitamura in conversation with Vicky Ireland and Kumiko Mendl at Rich Mix