Children's theatre

The Great Race!

Company: A Thousand Crances in association with artsdepot
Running Time: Sun 3 May, 3pm; Running time: 50 mins
Price: £10 (£9), Family tickets available

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About this event

This 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 be charge of, 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.

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