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Produced by BRUSH Theatre

From Seoul, South Korea

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Yao is a mischievous little girl who loves playing with her dad. But every morning Daddy has to dress up in his suit, pick up his briefcase and go to work. One day, Yao, unhappy with her father’s departure, grabs his overcoat and accidentally pulls a thread that leads to the start of a magical world of adventure and discovery.


Join Yao on her ingenious journey to find out what’s waiting for her at the end of the thread… YAO YAO is a playful blend of reality and imagination, using interactive screen art technology and live music.

YAO YAO was jury-selected and performed a full showcase at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) conference in Philadelphia in January 2018.  It will perform at the Theatre for Young Audiences TYA/USA National Festival and Conference May 9-12, 2019  at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Best for Grades: PreK -2nd

Audience Size: Small to Medium
200 to 800 Audience Members

Please contact us to watch the full length archival recording.



Company Background

Past Tours: BRUSH, The Little Musician


BRUSH Theatre LLC, based in Seoul, South Korea, is a Theatre for Young Audiences, passionately driven by performing live internationally.


BRUSH Theatre believes in the little child everyone has inside who loves to live out art in life. We envision the inner child growing into a powerful creator through boundless forms of art - the reason why children are our favorite audience!


Inspiring children all over the world from different socio-economic and geographic backgrounds through our out-of-the-box performances, we showcase one-of-a-kind acts built for audiences of every age, race, and culture.


The company’s work has been presented by Birmingham On The Edge Festival (UK), Cape Town Cradle of Creativity Festival (South Africa), Hamedan 23rd International Children and Youth Theatre Festival (Iran), The National library of Kyrgyz Republic.


For more information, please visit the company’s website.

Artistic Team

Artistic Team

Director: Kiljun Lee

Assistant Director: Youngkyun Yeom 

Company Manager: Wheeyeon Kim

Performer: Byeongwook Cho, Heeae Lee

Lighting Designer: Miyoung Kim

Set Disigner: Kiljun Lee

Video Disigner: Youngkyun Yeom

Composer: Sangguon Seo

Critical Acclaim

Critical Acclaim

“It's an expertly choreographed which the broadly drawn projections, live action and piano music come together to create a magical and mysterious world where nothing is what it seems. But it also celebrates the power of young people's imagination...“

—The Scotsman

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 review

“ A touching, funny and highly imaginative show which entertains everyone, young and not-so young.”

—The List

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 review

“ The use of clown, props,  and puppetry techniques give this show a feeling of old time circus but with a contemporary edge of interactive technology and the stream of consciousness continuation of actions seems appropriate to the shorter attention span of younger children.... [A] joyous sense of play inspired by the very imaginative mind of little [Yao]"

—Heather Bagnell for Fringe Review

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 review

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Past Productions

Gallery of Past Productions


2018/2019 Dates

See the Company perform YAO YAO:

August 20-24, 2018 - Beijing ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, The 8th China Children’s Theatre Festival

 November 8-18, 2018 - Shanghai China International Arts Festival
May 9-12, 2019 -Theatre for Young Audiences TYA/USA National Festival and Conference at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance & Interactive Design, Clowning and Physical Theatre, Music & Composition, Sound Design

  • Science: Projection & Digital Technology - Perspective, Light, Scale, Animation

  • Emotional/Social Development: Role Playing, Imagination, Family Relationships

Study Guides

Sample Study Guide

Minimum Tech

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 4 hours

  • Crew Needs: 2 crew (Sound / lighting) for  load in/out, 1 crew to run the show.

  • Min. Stage Size: : 23 feet width x 16.5 feet depth x 13 feet height.

  • Sound Needs: 1 Synthesizer (over 88 keys), 2 wireless microphones.

  • Load Out Time: 2 hours

  • Presenter to provide lumber for set framework- 7 pieces of 1 inch lauan timber 12 feet long


Outreach and Workshops

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

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