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How can you make a play about a ball of rice?

A new family play at The Civic, follows the story of a cute little edible treat as he journeys around Japan.

“[The Little Mochi Man] celebrates difference, determination and underdogs… taking in Tokyo and bullet trains, Mount Fuji, snow monkeys and more… a sweet, little play about a sweet, little mochi.” Childrens Theatre Review

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!

Mochi is a sticky, round traditional rice cake made at New Year time by pounding special glutinous rice with a mortar and pestle. The Little Mochi Man is the newest of adorable edible characters, proving that sometimes, playing with your food can be fun and even eductaional.

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 a piece about friendship, kindness, courage and one incredible journey.

“The two leads - Haruka Kuroda (of CBeebies, CBBC and Gorillaz fame) and Natsumi Kuroda do a fantastic job of playing all the different characters on the journey as they deftly transport the audience to Japan… parents need not worry about children getting too fidgety - those in my showing were utterly spellbound.” Behind The Arras

For children aged 4-7 and their family and friends this sweet and quirky show is the perfect introduction to Japan through the seasons.

The Little Mochi Man will be at The Civic on Sunday 20 May at 2:30pm.

Tickets £8 | £6 conc | £5 child

Recommended for 4+