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The Paper Washi Wish

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.

The two performers arrive with a small “theatre” on the back of their bicycle which contains a story, illustrated by drawings and quite a few surprises.
A charming theatrical experience for younger audiences, 3yrs+.

Age range: for children 3 years + their families.
Duration: 50mins, including story and short paper-making experience.
Performance area: 20m x 20m square open space.
Get-in/out: One hour.
Audience number: Max 90 children accompanied by adults.
Technical requirements: A simple lighting rig. Four trestle tables.
Music: mini disc.
Availability: Touring from Sep 2017.

Available for booking.  PLEASE CONTACT admin@athousandcranes.org.uk

Creative Team:
Vicky Ireland MBE (Co-Artistic Director) trained at Central and then worked as an actress in TIE and repertory theatres all over Britain. She presented BBC’s TV’s WORDS AND PICTURES for twelve years. From 1989 to 2002 she was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for Children, London and is now a freelance director and writer.

Kumiko Mendl (Co-Artistic Director and Performer) trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. Since then she has worked as an actress, teacher, movement director and director. She is Artistic Director of the award-winning British East Asian theatre company – Yellow Earth.

Haruka Kuroda (Performer /collaborator) trained at Guildford School of Acting. She now works in TV, Film and Theatre. She also works as a voice-over artist and as a teacher of stage combat and martial arts. Haruka regularly appears as Yasuko in the long running series Ideal for BBC and was Shi Han for Brain Jitsu for CBBC.

Julian Butler (Composer) trained in music at Liverpool University and in acting at LAMDA. He now works as a composer, musical director and teacher of piano, guitar, singing and music theory. Recent credits include: Charlie and Lola’s Best Best Bestest Play (Polka Theatre/Watershed tour) The Princess and Pea (Banyan Theatre) , The BFG (Polka Theatre), Flat Stanley (Nottingham Lakeside)