type of activity storytelling performance, drama workshops, plays
available to travel anywhere
age range 3+
number of participants any
Kumiko Mendl has worked for many years in theatre as an actor, teacher, Movement director and director. She is a founder member and Creative Producer of Yellow Earth Theatre www.yellowearth.org .
In 2006 she set up her own storytelling theatre company A Thousand Cranes with renowned Children’s Director Vicky Ireland to bring Japanese stories and arts to young UK audiences (www.athousandcranes.org.uk). All these shows are available for venues and schools and some are available all year round. In 2009 A Thousand Cranes were made Artistic Associates of artsdepot, North Finchley.
Kumiko also works freelance as a storyteller and workshop leader for organisations such as Unicorn Theatre, Polka Theatre, Discover, Asia House and various museums and galleries.
Stories and Workshop
Tales from old Japan – Three delightful traditional Japanese tales are brought to life through inventive storytelling, puppetry and music. Ages 4+
Origami Stories – 3 tales on One Mountain and includes simple origami making for ages 4+
Milky Way – Tanabata Legend. Kamishibai storytelling with a twist, 3-5 year olds
Ghost stories – traditional Kaidan. Ages 8+
The Paper Washi Wish – an interactive show for 3-5 year olds with 2 performers, a bike, a Kamishibai (traditional Japanese Paper Theatre) and a paper making experience.
Workshops can also be arranged – Origami (all ages), Monsters and Ogres (drama ages 3-9)