MENDL, Kumiko


type of activity storytelling performance, drama workshops, plays
available to travel anywhere
age range 3+
number of participants any

Based in London
tel: 07801 269772

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 .

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 (  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)




Email Us

Tel: 020 7935 0475

The Japan Society
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP