Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Just in - Stories on Wheels

Newly added to London Family Farm Day 2014's program is the highly popular street theatre storytelling act - Stories on Wheels.

Tales are brought to life by a high-energy comic performer, using beautifully illustrated picture cards displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a vintage bicycle.

Inspired by a traditional Japanese travelling street show popular in the 1920s through 1950s, Kamishibai (literally paper theatre) combines the best of oral storytelling and narrative painting. 

Featuring gorgeous illustrations by local artists, as well as traditional picture cards from Japan, several short stories are told with music, dramatic action, and audience interaction. As well, the audience gets to hear an amusing and informative history of the art form.

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