Production Information

Running Time: 1 hour

Suitable Age: +14

Language: Speech is kept to a minimum and is in English with some Japanese

Touring Information

Number of people touring: two

Freight: Set and props are transported in the company's car

Scale of venue: appropriate for studio setting (up to 400)

Minimum Performance Space: Width 6.5m x depth 5.5m

Rural Touring: Adaptable for rural touring

Outreach work: We offer various workshops in puppetry and drama for all the ages. Academic lectures on puppetry by Paul Piris (PhD candidate and director of Urashima Taro) are also available. Please visit our workshop page for more information.


“The final scene was both magical and sad, a fitting end to a unique experience”
Nerves ( - Louise Costelloe-Ward and Hana Leaper – March 2011

"rouge28's true magic is in the simple moments"
Animations online ( - Matt Jackson – Edition 32, winter 2011

“The actress gracefully swayed across the stage, bringing her puppet to life, like the mysterious lady had done with Urashima’s drowned body."
"Like Urashima, I was fascinated and captured!"

Council for the Advancement of Arts, Recreation and Education ( - Liza Adebisi – 12/06/2008

Past performances

Urashima Taro has been performed across England and in France in many venues and Festivals.

Shunt Lounge - London
Little Angel Theatre - London
Rich Mix - London
Rose Theatre - Ormskirk
The Y - Leicester
Norwich Puppet Theatre - Norwich
Nuffield Theatre - Lancaster
Square Chapel Art Centre- Halifax
The Maltings Theatre – Berwick-upon-Tweed
Bath Spa Live - Bath
Unity Theatre – Liverpool
Prema - Gloucestershire
Norden Farm Art Centre
Bridport Art Centre - Bridport
Sevenoaks School - Sevenoaks
Atlantic College – Wales
The Boo - Rossendale (Lancashire)

Decibel Performing Art Showcase (produced by Art Council England) – Manchester
Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes - Charleville-Mézières (France)
Buxton Puppet Festival – Buxton
Skipton International Puppet Festival – Buxton
Marionnet’IC – Binic (France)
Suspense (Adult Puppet Festival) - London
ANIMO Kwidzyn International Festival - Kwidzyn (Poland)
International Festival of a Puppet Theatres and Movie Animation for Adults - Warsaw (Poland)



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Information For Promoters

This page contains information for promoters interested in booking Urashima Taro. It includes production and touring details, reviews, tour dates, contact and a short video.