Covid 19 friendly
What is Kamishibai?
Kamishibai Theatre is a traditional way of telling stories from Japan, which started in the 1920’s. Japanese sweet sellers and storytellers travelled from town to town, village to village, with their Kamishibai, - a half picture frame, half theatre stage, – strapped to the back of their bicycle*. When they had set-up, they would bang together wooden clappers (hyoshigi) to attract the children, and then sell them sweets. Then, when everyone was settled, the Kamishibai man would start telling a story – pulling each of the numbered storyboards from the side, and sliding it at the back of the stack, one after the other. The children who had bought sweets were allowed to sit at the front! Each show usually has about ten picture-boards, with large bold pictures.
Performed by: Haruka Kuroda
Stories: Milky Way/ The Great Race!
Written & Directed by: Vicky Ireland
Suitable for: Children 4 years upwards and their family
Performance Area: 20m x 20m square open area,with good acoustics
Get in/ out: 1hour
Max audience number: 100
Technical requirements: Adequate lighting on performer
Why is it Covid-19 friendly?
This show involves a solo performer who will do their own stage with a simple get-in and get-out. The performance can take place inside or outside in a space which has good acoustics and allows for social distancing. Masks and gloves will be used before and after performances.