Black Theatre Live


The Little Mochi Man

Performed by two actors and presented by A Thousand Cranes

Our shows celebrate the UK's diversity by bringing the extraordinary and fascinating stories, traditions, art forms and artists of Japan to young audiences. All of our previous shows have been supported by Arts Council England and artsdepot with additional support from the Japan Society and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

The Little Mochi Man tells the story of a little man made of mochi - a traditional sticky rice ball made at New Year’s time. He is the last scrap left in the bowl and the other Mochi tease him saying he will never be chosen to be the special New Year decoration so he decides to run away. He soon finds himself in the middle of an exciting adventure; travelling all over Japan from the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, meeting many creatures and characters along the way including the Gingerbread Man, a magnificent Crane bird, a kite, and a very fast bullet train. 

In each new place and through each new friend he meets, he collects a piece of costume to wear on his return, but will he be chosen to be the special New Year decoration?   Come and find out!

Performed by 2 versatile actors, with an eclectic range of home made puppets, animation and specially composed music by Julian Butler, this is the perfect introduction to Japan for little children