A Thousand Cranes

The Great Race!

  • Price:
    £8 - £10
  • Genre:
  • Duration:
    50 mins
  • Great for ages:

This event is now cancelled

In light of government advice on the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with great regret that we announce that all performances of scheduled shows, creative learning activities and classes are now cancelled and the building will be closed to the public until 30th June. Click for more details

Legend has it that centuries ago, the Jade Emperor asked twelve creatures to have a race. The order in which they finished would determine the year they looked after. But with each creature travelling in different ways, from the giant dragon, to the little rat, it won't be as straightforward as it seems.

Inspired by the traditional story that tells us how the eastern Zodiac calendar was created, The Great Race! is a fun-filled and colourful new performance from children's theatre company A Thousand Cranes. Watch as traditional Japanese dance and puppetry combines with original music and Taiko drumming to tell you this incredible story - it's not only speed, but also kindness and courage that will help you cross the finishing line.

A Thousand Cranes have created a sweet, little play...

Children's Theatre Reviews (on The Little Mochi Man)

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"A Thousand Cranes have created a sweet, little play..." - Children's Theatre Reviews (on The Little Mochi Man)

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"A Thousand Cranes have done a fantastic job at putting on a small show with a big heart." - Behind the Arras (on The Little Mochi Man)

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"The many little ones in the audience were all giggles throughout. " - Everything Theatre (on Me and My Cat)

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Useful to know

Age guidance
Our 'great for ages' guidance is there to help you decide whether the show is suitable for your children.

Babes in arms
Babies under 12 months are welcome, but will not be allocated a seat.

Seating is unallocated therefore specific seats cannot be reserved in advance. Please arrive early to secure your desired seats.

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Latecomers will be allowed into this performance

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