Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective use the most incredibly expressive puppets designed by Janni Younge to tell the story of Sadako Sasaki.Steve Kretzmann, Artsblog


National Arts Festival 2011. Sadako. Writer: Peter Hayes. Director: Jaqueline Dommisse, PUppet Design: Janni Younge. Actor Puppeteers: Roshina Ratnam, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Mbulelo Grootboom, Lesoko Seabe, Pascale Neuschafer.

SADAKO 4 Alison Foat

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima on the 6 August 1945. She survived one of modern history’s most devastating events only to die ten years later from what was then known as “the atom bomb disease”, leukemia. During her illness she began folding origami paper cranes, evoking the Japanese legend that states if you fold one thousand cranes, you will be granted a wish. Sadako’s first wishes of health and long life were not granted. The play Sadako is a call to audiences to honour her final wish for peace in our world.

Director: Jaqueline Dommisse
Author: Peter Hayes
Puppet Design and construction: Janni Younge
Set: Illka Louw
Costume Design: Hillette Stapelberg
Lighting Design: Paul Abrams
Sound Design: Uebu Jemasu

“moving beyond words” Chris Roper, Mail & Guardian

“My fest favourite was Sadako, which… uses puppetry, beautiful design and history to deliver a
visually engaging and human story that goes straight for the heart.” Cape Argus Tonight


Winner: Best Puppet Design Fleur du Cap awards