Happy (Japanese) New Year!
Birdhouse presents…The Little Mochi Man by A Thousand Cranes in association with arts depot
Sunday February 18
New Waltham Community Hall and Pavilion
Plus post-show creative workshop
£5 (all tickets)

New Year celebrations may now be a distant memory for most but Grimsby based children’s arts organisation Birdhouse invites families and friends to celebrate Eastern style when its first theatre show of 2018 takes place.

Chinese New Year is on 16 February with celebrations taking place all over the world to mark the occasion.

Japan has traditionally followed the Chinese calendar and London based theatre company A Thousand Cranes in association with arts depot has developed a lovely new show for children. The show takes audiences on a New Year Japanese adventure and will be held on Sunday 18 February at New Waltham Community Hall and Pavilion (St Clements Way) at 1.30pm.

The Little Mochi Man mixes modern with traditional Japanese forms of story-telling and is inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations).

The inventive show follows the story of a little cooked rice ball, who, tired of being bullied because of his size, runs away to seek his fortune, in Japan.

Audiences are invited to 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!

But what dangers lurk around the corner? Will he make friends, and will he make it back home in time for the celebrations?

This a brand-new piece of theatre for young audiences is thought-provoking, funny and just a bit different.

With ‘origami’ puppets, animation and especially composed music, it is the perfect introduction to both Japan and theatre for young children.

Birdhouse director Charlotte Bowen said:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming a brand new show to Grimsby that will bring with it other cultures and traditions that children can learn about while enjoying an inventive and creative story.

 “We’re also looking forward to hosting the production in the brand new community hall in New Waltham where we hope to attract audiences from the local vicinity as well as ‘regulars’.

The event additionally offers a post event creative workshop with the theatre company, who will help children create Japanese influenced pieces.

The Little Mochi Man is suitable for ages 4+ and their families. It will last just under an hour and there will be a short-break before the approximately hour-long workshop. All seats (children and adults) are £5 which includes the workshop. Spaces are limited.

Charlotte continued:

“This is Birdhouse’s first event of 2018 – we’re also delighted to have had funding from Arts Council England confirmed for the year so we’re able to engage local families in inspiring arts activity at low and sometimes no cost in spaces close to where they live”

“We will be announcing the full programme very shortly but we’re excited to say it includes new shows by some of the best children’s company in the UK.

“We’re determined that geographical location shouldn’t be a barrier to children and families accessing great quality arts and culture.”

To book for The Little Mochi Man, click here

Birdhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.