A  performance  by Claire  Teisen,  Directed  by  Andreas  Litras

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Momotaro Show brochure

Legend of Momotaro and the Momotaro song lyrics

The Story of Momotaro the Peach Boy

Benten Information Sheet

About the Kamishibai Box

Momotaro - Science behind the screen

Momotaro Crossword in Romaji

Momotaro Coloring Sheet

Costs and requirements

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This lively one-woman show tells the traditional Japanese folktale with masks, puppets, origami images, character changes and “special effects.”  The story is told in English using a variety of accessible Japanese words and phrases as well as traditional songs.  The children are drawn into the story as the characters emerge from behind and through striking Japanese screens, sometimes larger than life and sometimes as puppets and images.  There are plenty of laughs tempered by tender moments as Momotaro is found and adopted by the old lady at the river and then departs on his great journey to Onigashima to defeat the demons.  The story is treated with great affection and warmth, and has many references to everyday Japanese characters, objects, food and culture..




Momotaro meets Obasan Obasan and Momotaro
                    emerges from his peach




Key Learning Areas

Within the Australian Curriculum the show supports the following Learning Areas:

LOTE - Japanese language and cultural knowledge.

Literacy - traditional fairytale comes alive.

The Arts – exploring and responding to the disciplines of drama in the forms of story-telling, characterisation, puppetry, and music via traditional songs. The set contains a panel with a beautifully painted castle and there are stylized  paintings used in the traditional Kamishibai storytelling box.

Design and Technology - puppets with moving parts, pulley system within an innovative set, and the costumes help the narrator tell the story.



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