Tour 2015 -2016
‘An exceptional example of making the page work for the stage’ Children’s Theatre Reviews
‘Above all, a joyful morning for all the family’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre
‘Parents- go and see this show –it works like a dream’ ★★★★ Remote Goat
Me and My Cat? toured to Barnes Children’s Literary Festival, Waterman’s Arts Centre, The Broadway, Barking, Bury St Edmunds, Derby Theatre, The Lowry Manchester, Oxford Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Pegasus, New Wolsey, the egg, Bath, Ilkley Lit Festival, Norwich Arts Centre, Canada Water, Linton Children’s Festival and the Bermuda International Performing Arts Festival.
Based on the book by award winning Japanese children’s author and illustrator, Satoshi Kitamura, A Thousand Cranes present another inventive show that celebrates Anglo-Japanese connections.
Suitable for children aged 3-7 and their families.
Performed in English with a little Japanese.
Little Sunshine and Little Rainfall invite you to their magic garden. But
trouble is afoot for the gardeners when naughty Storm Fox comes to visit.
All the creatures in the garden must think quickly to save their homes and
families. Perhaps wise old Turtle has the answer?
Blending Japanese folklore with traditional music and dance, and inspired
by haiku and origami, this exciting and beautiful show is brought to you by
the same creative team as the highly successful, *Paper Washi Wish*.
The Stage – review by Susan Elkin
Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall
Tuesday 2 October 2012
“Two gardeners tell a story for very young audiences – and play all the parts in this devised piece.
We are in an all seasons Japanese Garden, in which set items of simple orange, green and white, together with imaginative props, connote spring, autumn and winter.
Kumiko Mendl is the cheerfully amoral Storm Fox who whips up a storm and then stalks insouciantly around the garden, causing havoc and distress by ruthlessly eating tadpoles, baby snails and stealing Mr Bear’s honey. Mendl’s acting has an unusual quality of sparkling clarity.
The other animals – all played with total conviction by Haruka Kuroda – object to Storm Fox’s behaviour. The story is about the gradual resolution of conflict, assisted at the last by all the children in the audience making origami flowers.
Both actors move like characters in a Japanese painting, and are masters of physical theatre. Kuroda’s burly, gruff Mr Bear is especially memorable, but her every cameo is entertaining and fun.
Julian Butler’s haunting music – the performers do some singing – is all based on Japanese tunes, rhythms, nursery songs and folk melodies. It adds up to a charming little show, which manages unobtrusively to pack quite a lot of issues about kindness, thoughtfulness and respect for others into a short time.”
The Paper Washi Wish was selected to perform a work-in progress at the ACE Decibel Showcase in Manchester September 2009. The response was overwhelmingly positive and a subsequent tour was booked for the following autumn. Since then, with financial help from Arts Council England, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Japan Society we have toured all round the UK in 2010 and 2011.
We are now seeking bookings for a tour beginning September 2016.
Inspired by Kamishibai (traditional and much-loved Japanese paper theatre) and Washi (Japanese paper) this vibrant, physical theatre piece blends words, pictures, imagination and heaps of paper to create a birthday story for Rabbit in the Moon, followed by a hands-on paper making experience.
“Mountains are just like people – they have secrets, mysteries and stories to tell”
Come and hear enchanting, bewitching and hair-raising stories of magnificent Mount Iwate who blew hot and cold, the humble woodcutter and his beautiful but strange bride and the snorting, burping Ogre of Rashomon Gate.
These three delightful traditional Japanese tales are brought to life through inventive storytelling, puppetry and music.
The next performance will be in Brighton at the Japan Festival on Sunday 22nd September, 2013. More details to follow shortly.