One Thousand Paper Cranes

One Thousand Paper Cranes

SEG Theatricals is an extension of Shaw Entertainment Group and is dedicated to producing the finest theatre for young audiences in the United States.  Founded in 2017 SEG Theatricals will build on the relationships and partnerships Simon Shaw has established with artists and venues within the USA and internationally.

One Thousand Paper Cranes is being produced in association with Perth Theatre, Scotland (artistic director Lu Kemp.)

One Thousand Paper Cranes

Script by Abigail Docherty

Directed by Lu Kemp

One Thousand Paper Cranes is based on the true story of a Japanese girl, Sadoko Sasaki who became ill after the Hiroshima bomb was dropped.  Her determination to make one thousand paper cranes has turned her into an international symbol of peace and resilience.

When Sadako finds herself in hospital she doesn’t like it one little bit – everyone wants to prod her and poke her and find out what’s wrong.  But when her best friend Chiziko arrives they decide to change all that.  Together.

Based on a true story, One Thousand Paper Cranes is a play about two friends taking battle against death together.

It’s a fast paced show with lots of humor and warmth.  It’s a life-affirming story that will appeal to adults as well as children over eight.  The show is performed by two actors who play several different characters throughout.

It was first performed at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in 2009, again at the Imaginate Festival, Edinburgh, in 2010 and as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase in 2011.  This production will be cast and rehearsed in the USA and will premiere at The Performing Arts Center of Purchase College, State University of New York, in October 2018.

Grades 4 and up


**These reviews are from the original production**

Review of One Thousand Paper Cranes  from Fest Magazine

“Wondorously inventive”

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Review of One Thousand Paper Cranes  from The Stage

“Wonderfully moving”

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Review of One Thousand Paper Cranes  from

“…a dynamic piece with a positive message for all ages.”

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Review of One Thousand Paper Cranes  from ThreeWeeks Edinburgh

“Wholly splendid performance”

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Review of One Thousand Paper Cranes  from Total Theatre

“Visually Stunning.”

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