The Great Race!

The McCarthy50 mins (no interval)Theatre, Shows & Events

The Great Race! celebrates it’s as important to take part, as it is to win.


Presented by A Thousand Cranes in association with artsdepot
Written by Vicky Ireland
Designed by Mila Saunders
Composed by Julian Butler

Key Cast:

Haruka Kuroda

Offers: Circle Members

Price: £8 & £12

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Alongside the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo July 2020, and as part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020, A Thousand Cranes presents, The Great Race!, an exciting theatrical adventure, which tells the story of how the Eastern Zodiac calendar was created.

Legend has it, that the Jade Emperor asks twelve creatures to take part in a great race to decide which years in the Zodiac calendar they will look after. Their years depend on the order in which they finish. Who will come in first? Will it be the wily Snake, the magnificent Dragon or the spirited Rat?  Expect lots of fun, plenty of drama, and many surprises, as the race presents all sorts of problems for those taking part.

Performed by two actors, including artistic associate Haruka Kuroda, who appeared in The Little Mochi Man, Milkyway, Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall, and The Paper Washi Wish, and featuring original music, plus origami and shadow puppets, special hand-made props, and brilliant story-telling, this is the perfect show for children 4-7yrs and their adults in the run up to the 32nd Olympiad.

It tells how not only speed, but also kindness and courage can help you cross the finishing line.

Age guidance: 4+

…a delicately nuanced show and Julian Butler’s music and sound effects add to the atmosphere and charm of this production… to keep this audience mesmerized is high testament to the talents of these performers.”
The Stage (The Paper Washi Wish)

…Both actors move like characters in a Japanese painting, and are masters of physical theatre
Susan Elkin, The Stage (Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall)

Parents- go and see this show –it treats children as real people.. and it works like a dream
Remote Goat (Me and My Cat?)

An exceptional example of making the page work for the stage
Children’s Theatre Reviews (Me and My Cat?)

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