Free Online Show: The Spider's Thread
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Free Online Show: The Spider's Thread

Presented by: Aya Nakamura (produced by Rouge28 Theatre)

Mon 22nd Feb 2021 to Mon 22nd Mar 2021

Price: FREE

Running time: 13 minutes/17 minutes AD

Ages: 16+

London-based Japanese theatre-maker Aya Nakamura takes you into a story about a little kindness and selfish betrayal in a film based on the famous story by Japanese modern writer Akutagawa. 


Using the art of Paper Theatre, this short film is cinematically created with collage, hand drawings and photographs, inspired by Hokusai and old Samurai movie posters. The soundtrack has been specially composed by Verity Lane, a British sound artist who has dedicated herself to creating highly visual soundscapes for traditional Japanese instruments


Drawing together the Japanese tradition of Kamishibai with the Western approach of Paper Theatre, see how this unique meeting will unfold.

Two versions of the show will be available online, with and without Audio Description.

The show will be live from 22 Feb, via the links below:


Link to the standard version of The Spider's Thread on YouTube   Link to the Audio Described version of The Spider's Thread on YouTube



Originally commissioned by Folkestone Puppet Festival.


Creative Team

Aya Nakamura: Directing, Image, Puppeteering, Voice, Camera, Editing 

Mohsen Nouri: Additional Puppeteering, Voice, Camera 

Verity Lane: Composer 

Kō Ishikawa: Shō Player 

BeiBei Wang : Percussion 

EmmersivO: Audi Mixer 

Atsushi Tohriyama: Calligrapher 

Paul Piris (Rouge28 Theatre): Producer  

Eleanor Margolies: Audio Describer 

Monika Kita: Editing Consultant

All images copyright Aya Nakamura.

Further information

Recommended for an adult audience.

This show will be available to view for free on our YouTube Channel from Mon 22 Feb and will remain online to enjoy indefinitely.


Dates & Times:

You can book offline by calling the box office on 01603 629 921 or emailing

You can book tickets online for this event via the UEA ticket office*, or by phone through our box office.

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*Please note that an additional booking fee will be added to the ticket price