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Spring tour of The Little Mochi Man

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 

4th Feb             artsdepot, North Finchley          

9-11th Feb       the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath      

17th Feb           Lincoln Japan Festival, Lincoln  

18th Feb           Birdhouse, Grimsby                    

24th Feb           Birmingham Hippodrome           

3rd March        Nuffield Southampton Theatres Campus

4th March        Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich        

10th March      The Cockpit, Marylebone                  

11th March      Cambridge Junction, Cambridge      

17th March      The Courtyard, Hereford                    

23-25th March Polka Theatre, Wimbledon                

12th May          Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Stratford

20th May          The Civic, Barnsley                            

23-27th May    Little Angel Theatre, Islington              

30th May          Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury           


“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.