Japanese Manga artist Akio Tanaka joins the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper for an explosive narrative dance work integrating hip-hop, Manga and martial arts.
Five troublemakers are sent to a rehabilitation camp for young offenders run by the Grand Master of the Pih Poh Fu martial art. Unknown to them, he is also a Guardian of Prana - a secret warrior group entrusted with the protection of a spell controlling peace. When a rebellious Guardian seeks to seize power, the five must lead the battle of good against evil.
Inspired by Manga, this new production by Barbican Artistic Associate Boy Blue Entertainment is steeped in the visual identity and quirky characters central to the comic book genre.
'A highly diverting achievement with, there is little doubt, a sequel already in the works' The Times ★★★★
‘A mash-up of superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung fu movies. Hip hop and fighting moves mesh wonderfully’ Independent ★★★★
‘A lot of fun. Projections turn the stage into frames from a Japanese comic book. Cleverly conceived and entertaining’ Evening Standard ★★★★
‘injecting manga and martial arts [into hip hop] proves a masterstroke by Boy Blue’ Guardian
‘[The animations] sweep the action onwards with cartoon strip freshness, mixing drawing with live action in constantly inventive ways’ Daily Telegraph
Watch making-of videos and listen to the soundtrack here...
Also 2.30pm on 26 Oct & 2 Nov
5pm only on 27 Oct
2 hours/including 20 minute interval
Post-show talk with members of the company
Free to same-day ticket holders
26 & 27 Oct
A two-day workshop with Kenrick (H2O) Sandy and Michael (Mikey J) Asante
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Part of Theatre & Dance
Part of Families at the Barbican
Co-commissioned by the Barbican and Derry ~ Londonderry City of Culture 2013
Produced by Boy Blue Entertainment
Co-produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Additional support from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Laban Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance