• The Five & The Prophecy of Prana
  • The Five & The Prophecy of Prana
  • The Five & The Prophecy of Prana
Boy Blue Entertainment The Five & the Prophecy of Prana

Boy Blue Entertainment "The Five & the Prophecy of Prana"

Five young troublemakers are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. Given a chance to redeem themselves in the ensuing battle to restore peace, their action-packed adventure becomes a celebration of camaraderie and the triumph of the human spirit.

Set in modern Tokyo, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to manga – Japan’s popular graphic novel form.

Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper and choreographer and composer for the film Streetdance 3D, have worked with the monks from the Shaolin Temple Warrior School, Japanese manga artist Akio Tanaka, and award winning video animation studio Yeast Culture, to create this electrifying show.


“A highly diverting achievement with, there is little doubt a sequel already in the works”
★★★★ The Times

“a hip-hop-martial-arts-manga hybrid that’s the most ambitious thing yet created by choreographer Kenrick Sandy and music producer Michael Asante”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy’s choreography… flows like water, one minute silky smooth, the next fast and furious, b-boying, tutting and krumping, and requires little narrative, but narrative there is.”
British Theatre Guide

“A mash-up of superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung fu movies. Hip hop and fighting moves mesh wonderfully.” The 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.” The Guardian

“[The animations] sweep the action onwards with cartoon strip freshness, mixing drawing with live action in constantly inventive ways. “ The Daily Telegraph

Production co-commissioned by the Barbican, London and Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture. Produced by Boy Blue Entertainment. Co-produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Additional support from The Great British Sasakawa Foundation and Laban Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

Original creation and UK tour supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales.

Age suitability 6+
Running time 110 mins including interval

UK Autumn Tour 2014

Thur 2 – Sat 4 October
Eves 7.45pm, Sat mat 2.30pm
Barbican, London
Tue 7 & Wed 8 October
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 7 Oct
Brighton Dome
Fri 10 & Sat 11 October
7.00pm, Post Show Talk 10 Oct
Lighthouse, Poole
Mon 13 & Tue 14 October
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 13 Oct
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Fri 17 October
7.30pm, Post Show Talk
Cast, Doncaster
Tue 21 & Wed 22 October
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 21 Oct
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Fri 24 & Sat 25 October
7.00pm, Post Show Talk 24 Oct
Nottingham Playhouse
Tue 28 & Wed 29 October
7.30pm 28 Oct (Post Show Talk), 2pm 29 Oct
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Sat 1 & Sun 2 November
7.30pm 1 Nov (Post Show Talk), 2pm 2 Nov
Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Tue 4 & Wed 5 November
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 4 Nov
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Fri 7 & Sat 8 November
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 7 Nov
Oxford Playhouse
Tue 11 & Wed 12 November
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 11 Nov
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Fri 14 & Sat 15 November
7.30pm, Post Show Talk 14 Nov
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff