top 10 theatre shows 2014
We were excited and delighted to be included in Alfred Hicklings top 10 theatre of 2014 for our Spring production Monday's Child alongside some very illustrious companies.
Monday's Child was an original commission written by Brendan Murray (who also wrote Hare and Tortoise) It tells a simple poetic story of the unique bond between a grandmother and a little girl. We share the delights and surprises of the respective stages of their lives: discoveries, memories, imaginings…
We had a wonderful tour with Monday's Child as part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 with great feedback from audiences old and young and it's great to have the show acknowldeged here!
Boy Wolf nominated for Writers Guild Award
We are very please to announce that The Boy Who Cried Wolf by the acclaimed playwright Mike Kenny has been nominated in the Best Play for Children and Young People category at the 2014 Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards.
The production, which toured around the UK in 2013/14, has just opened as the Christmas show at The Lawrence Batley Theatre (from the 12 -28 December).
The awards, which launched in 1961, give professional writers from across Great Britain the opportunity to honour their peers, and celebrate the importance of writing to the creative industries, both nationally and abroad.
Mike Kenny said about his nomination “I'm really delighted about being short-listed for a Writers Guild Award. To be nominated for a WGGB Award is a huge honour because it comes from your peers, other writers, so you can't slip much past them. It's also a thumbs up to tutti frutti because of their consistent policy of commissioning new writing'.
Our Artistic Director Wendy Harris added “We are really thrilled Mike has been nominated for this award; it is so well deserved, and we are delighted at the response the play evoked from children and families on its national tours in 2013 and 2014. This award is important as it reminds us of the value of work for younger children and the importance and need for the young to have access to their cultural entitlement. It is also important for tutti frutti as it endorses our commitment to finding new ways of working with writers to create magical and relevant creative experiences for our young children.”
The other nominated plays in the category are Minatour by Kevin Dyer for Polka Theatre, and Girls Like That by Evan Placey, a Unicorn and Synergy Theatre Production.
BBC Performing Arts Fellow award
Here at tutti frutti we're very pleased to share the news that we've been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Award for 2015. Our Fellow, Stacey Sampson is a Sheffield based writer and we're very much looking forward to working with her over the coming year. You can read more about Stacey in her blog here.
Talking about the award Wendy Harris, Artistic Director said, "tutti frutti are thrilled to be supported by the BBC Performing Arts fund for the coming year, the award allows us to continue our commitment to writers who want to create theatre for children. We are very excited to be working with Stacey and having Mike Kenny (playwright) mentor her through the year with us."
The Fund is a BBC Charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. The charity is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes. tutti frutti are one of 32 organisations selected to host a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dancebase in Edinburgh, Manchester’s Z-Arts and Prime Cut in Belfast.
Admin Assistant needed!
tutti frutti are seeking a part-time Admin assistant to support the company’s administration and operations on a day to day basis and assisting the core team in the administration of the company’s touring and project work. If you'd like to come and work with us please see full details on our jobs page here.
Snow Child in Autumn 2015
We're very pleased to be able to share our plans for the Autumn/Winter 2015. Inspired by Arthur Ransome’s adaptation of The Little Daughter of the Snow, we will be touring Snow Child, nationally and internationally from September 2015 – January 2016.
Set in a wintery landscape, where the snow foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, we tell you a magical story about family, love and the power of dreams.
Watching the village children play in the snow, a lonely couple yearn for a child of their own. They build a small figure from the ice and snow, and wish very, very hard… until the strength of their longing brings the magical snow child to life before their eyes!
We are thrilled to be working with writer Emma Reeves following her huge success with Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather (West End) and her TV triumphs; Tracy Beaker and the Dumping Ground as well as her new up and coming show Eve. Other members of the creative team will be Ollie Birch composer, movement by Joanne Moven and an inspired design brought to you by Kate Bunce, this promises to be a winter wonderland of poignant, inventive storytelling to enchant children and families.
For further information please contact Alison Povey, Tour Manager, on 0113 388 0027 or email@example.com.