Performed by: Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective

No director listed

No playwright listed

A poignant, bunraku-style puppet play for older children and adults based on the life of Sadako Sasaki. At two, Sadako survived the Hiroshima atom bomb but ten years later developed leukemia. A Japanese legend tells: ‘if you fold 1000 origami cranes, your wish will be granted’; Sadako began folding paper.

We leave our children a complicated legacy, growing up in a world where they face the consequences of adults’ actions: war; nuclear power; global warming; HIV. Sadako’s experience transcends culture and period and is able to speak to a contemporary South African or French youth audience. Young people who have shifted from picture books to art galleries; from nursery-rhymes to pop music. They are ready for theatre that can offer them cathartic and transformative experiences; challenge them with profoundly moving and thought provoking ideas. Sadako is real theatre for young people.


90 minutes
Recommended Age:
11 years+ No max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 8+ No max grade set
English (first language) No second language listed.
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Design, Dramatic Arts, History, Home/Additional Language, Social Sciences, Visual Arts
Themes Covered:
Creativity, Cultural diversity, Death, Family dynamics, Identity, Illness and Disease, Imagination, Loss, Morality, Relationships, Survival

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