The Great Race! - Cancelled

Date:Sun 17 May
Time:11.30am & 2.30pm
Price:£10 adult | £6 child | 15% off group of 4 (max. 2 adults)

This event has been cancelled. Please contact our box office regarding refunds by emailing

2020 will see the Japanese Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, and as a British/Japanese company this will be a special year for us to celebrate and share Japanese culture and story with UK children and have as our theme, competition.  

Our show is inspired by the traditional story of The Great Race! which tells how the eastern Zodiac calendar was created.  Legend has it that the Jade Emperor asked twelve creatures to race to decide which years they will look after, depending on the order in which they finish. The story presents all sorts of problems for the creatures taking part, who range from a dragon, to a rat. They each travel in different ways depending on their physicality and nature. The children watching will be able to discover their birth creature and watch to see where their creature is placed and why.  

Performed by two Japanese actors; combining original music and Taiko drumming; traditional dance and puppetry, it tells how not only speed, but also kindness and courage help you cross the finishing line. In a year when achievement will be stressed, our aim is to share with children the importance of taking part, not simply winning. 


A Thousand Cranes, in association with artsdeport

Funded by ACE 



FREE Arts & Craft Activity for children and their grown ups

Join us for one of our FREE pre show, drop-in arts and craft ‘Hands on Happenings’ sessions in the Cambridge Junction foyer. These creative activities, led by a professional visual artist are themed to tie in with the family shows that you will be seeing on stage.

Hands on Happenings will be available an hour before the show i.e. 10.30 for 11.30 show. The sessions do get very busy so early arrival is advised.

“The energy, inventiveness and magic while transporting the audience to Japan was tremendous. The audience felt it was joining in on Little Mochi Man’s adventure through Tokyo and beyond” - Susan Meehan Grants and Scholarships Officer, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation   

”a perfect introduction to Japanese culture for young children” - Hiroko Kimura Head of Education, Japan Society, The Little Mochi Man 

“…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 



Ages 4+

Duration: 50 mins (no interval) 

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.

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