Wild by Evan Placey now on sale
We're very pleased to be working with Evan Placey on Wild! our new show for Spring 2016. Evan recently won the Writers' Guild of Great Britain award for plays for Young People for his play Girls Like That. Wild will be a fantastic one person show that unravels the story of boy with ADHD, a boy misunderstood who lives within his wild imagination. A brilliant, clever, cheeky new play exploring ADHD that is not about ADHD! A play celebrating all things 'wild' with a fabulous sound track, live music and fresh moves!
Bookings are now being taken for Spring 2016 tour. For more information or to book, please contact Alison Povey, Tour Manager on 0113 388 0027 or email@example.com.
We're pleased to welcome Chipo Kureya to the cast of our Spring tour of Rapunzel! Chipo will play Rapunzel alongside Danny Childs as Rafi, who also performed in our Spring 2014 tour of Rapunzel to Assitej International and KidsFest 2014.
Rapunzel, Spring 2015 will open at The Lowry on 26th April.
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.