The Little Mochi Man written and directed by Vicky Ireland. Design by Mila Saunders. Music and Animation by Julian Butler. Performed by Haruka Kuroda and Natsumi Kuroda.
For children aged 4-7, their family and friends. Click on links for tickets and information.
3rd Feb Half Moon Theatre, Limehouse halfmoon.org.uk
4th Feb artsdepot, North Finchley artsdepot.co.uk
9-11th Feb the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath theatreroyal.org.uk
17th Feb Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln japanfestival.co.uk
18th Feb Birdhouse, Grimsby birdhousetheatre.co.uk
24th Feb Birmingham Hippodrome birminghamhippodrome.com
3rd March Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus nstheatres.co.uk
4th March Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich greenwichtheatre.org.uk
10th March The Cockpit, Marylebone thecockpit.org.uk
11th March Cambridge Junction, Cambridge junction.co.uk
17th March The Courtyard, Hereford courtyard.org.uk
23-25th March Polka Theatre, Wimbledon polkatheatre.com
12th May Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Stratford stratford-circus.com
20th May The Civic, Barnsley barnsleycivic.co.uk
23-27th May Little Angel Theatre, Islington littleangeltheatre.com
30th May Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury salisburyplayhouse.com
“A little cooked rice ball, Mochi Man, despite being the very last scrap in the pan, runs away to seek his fortune, in the country of Japan!”
It’s almost New Year and little Mochi Man, tired of being bullied because of his small size, decides to run away.
Join him on his adventures as he travels from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, meeting many wondrous creatures and characters along the way, including The Gingerbread Man and a very fast bullet train!
What dangers lurk around the corner? Will he make friends, and will he make it back home in time for the celebrations?
Mixing modern with traditional Japanese forms of story-telling and inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations) A Thousand Cranes brings a brand new piece of inventive theatre for young audiences; thought-provoking, funny and just a bit different.
With ‘origami’ puppets, animation and specially composed music, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for young children.