Paper Song

by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull

Paper Song weaves a traditional Japanese folktale about a crane (Tsuru) with the story of a young mouse and her grandfather, as they struggle against an oppressive overlord goblin (Tengu). This magical performance integrates large-scale origami and shadow puppetry into the storytelling and design of the play. Focusing on the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter, Paper Song celebrates the ability for artistic creativity, ingenuity, community and love to transform despair into hope.


Bobbi Goddard*
Richard Lee Hsi*
Carmela Sison*

Directed by Mieko Ouchi*
Assistant Directed by Suzie Martin
Dramaturgy by Caroline Howarth
Stage Managed by Troy O’Donnell*

Production Designer: Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull (based on original design by Cory Sincennes)
Sound Design/Composer: Dave Clarke
Projection and Animation Designer: Kim Clegg
Lighting Designer: Patrick Beagan
Costumer: Betty Kolodziej
Touring Technician: Perry Harris
Publicist: Megan Dart & Catch The Keys
Photo Credit: Marc J Chalifoux Photography

*Concrete Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and engages, under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.


Curriculum Ties:
Social studies: recognition and respect for individual identity, social compassion, fairness
Language Arts: exploration of thoughts, ideas, feelings, experiences, concept of respect, support, collaboration, appreciating diversity. Folklore
Art: origami

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