Casting for WiLd!
We are now casting for our Spring 2016 producton WiLd! by Evan Placey. A fantastic new play with one actor and one live musician that unravels the story of a wayward, fragile and misunderstood boy who lives on his wits and untamed imagination. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children.
We seek one performer and one musician who have experience of or enthusiasm for performing to children in small-scale theatre venues and to school audiences in the UK.
Send a CV & Photograph by 10th February 2016 to: Jo Adamson-Parker firstname.lastname@example.org- no calls regarding this casting please.
Kate Bunce talks about developments for Wild!
tutti frutti’s new production for Spring 2016 is Wild! A new play written by award winning writer Evan Placey, that unravels the story of a boy with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Kate Bunce, Designer for Wild! answered some questions about the show’s development
1. Do you know at this stage what set for the play will look like?
I’m in the early stages of designing ‘Wild’. We had fantastic ‘Research and Development’ days recently and all the creative team discussed ideas for the show. We also had brilliantly informative afternoon with David Daley, Professor of Psychological Intervention and Behaviour change (Nottingham University) discussing the challenges of ADHD.
I haven’t cracked what the world will exactly look like but know that it will have different levels, possibly pieces of set that move around. We may use a little projection. We want it to be a fluid simple set that can become many different environments in the boy’s world whether that be real or in his imagination. I have a good idea of the ‘boys’ costume looks like and know it going to be set in today’s time.
2. Where are you finding your inspiration for the look of the play?
I draw my inspiration from a wide variety of places Pinterest is great for inspiring images. Art exhibitions are brilliant way to gather ideas. I’m going to the Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern, like looking at the shapes and colour. Shapes and colours in nature will be inspiring for this show as well.
It can be the smallest things in unexpected places that inspire you. I was in a shop recently and liked the shape of a clothes rail so took a photo. It may end up in the show!
4. How is the issue of ADHD dealt with?
With warmth and sensitivity through the writing, movement, and delivery of the piece, ADHD will be explored within the frame of a brilliant storyline. I think it will be a vivid, thought provoking play. At it’s core – a story about a boy.
5. How would you like to see the play develop?
I hope that young audiences are captivated for an hour, inspired and interested in the boy’s story. I simply want to be part of creating a great piece of entertaining theatre that has a heart. I hope that lots of people are able to come and see it too!
Funded by the Wellcome Trust this remarkable new play is informed by intensive research into the condition of ADHD in children.
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.
Funding from the Wellcome trust for WiLd!
Here at tutti frutti we are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Small Arts Award Grant of £28,280 by the Wellcome Trust towards the making and touring in 2016 of Wild!, a new play written by award winning writer Evan Placey, that unravels the story of a boy with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The production will be performed to 8-12 years olds (Key Stage 2), their teachers and families across the UK from spring 2016.
Wild! is a one person show with a live musician that explores the fragility of a misunderstood boy who lives within his wild imagination, in a sensitive, empathetic but fun and accessible way. The play will tell the central protagonist’s story, as he navigates his real and his imagined world which will be underpinned by the emotions, behaviours and perceptions in relation to ADHD. The play will be informed by current biomedical science and will interrogate the use of medication and behavioural intervention.
With the funding from the Wellcome Trust, tutti frutti’s creative team will work in partnership with Professor David Daley of CANDAL (the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the Lifespan) and his team at Nottingham University on researching with ADHD patient groups. The CANDAL centre engages in world leading research into the causes, recognition and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.
Tutti frutti’s Artistic Director and Wild’s director Wendy Harris said:
‘Wild! Is one of the most exciting projects tutti frutti has embarked on for some time. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled we are to have the Wellcome Trust on board as a funder and that they have recognised the importance of our relationship with new science partner CANDAL at Nottingham University. The chance to make a new show and commission an amazing writer like Evan Placey is a great opportunity for us in a climate where many companies, making work for children, are sticking only to well- known stories and book adaptations. This play will tell a really important but uplifting story which is underpinned by research in the area of ADHD in children. We are also delighted to be making this play for children aged 8+, a development from our usual age band of 3-7 years and now we have the additional funds we will have a live musician on stage, digital technology incorporated in to the design and the ability to enhance online resources for teachers and families. Following the huge success we had with Monday’s Child, a show based in scientific research about ‘memory’, we can’t wait to get started on this new brilliant project. Thank you to the Wellcome Trust and our core funder Arts Council England for making this possible’
In 2014 tutti frutti worked in collaboration with a neuroscientist and a psychologist from Sussex University and the Alzheimer’s Society for Brendan Murray’s play Monday Child, which explored memory and Alzheimer disease. The play was chosen by The Guardian as one of the Top Ten shows to see in 2014 – the only children’s show included on the list.
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement.
Wild! Will tour nationally in spring 2016
Cause for celebration at tutti frutti HQ
The flags are out, the balloons are blown up and the corks are popping at tutti frutti HQ as the team celebrates 10 years with Wendy Harris at the helm of the company as the Artistic Director. Wendy started working for tutti frutti on 1st November 2005, initially on a part time basis whilst, true to style, she ensured that Red Ladder, the company she was leaving, was left in capable hands. She became full time with the company on 1st January 2006 and her feet have not touched the ground since.
Wendy has directed around 20 productions for tutti frutti, many as co-productions with York Theatre Royal, a strong and lasting partnership she initiated as soon as she took up post. Whilst at tutti frutti she has developed the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre and the First Words writers’ project in partnership with Liverpool Playhouse/Everyman, Duke’s Lancaster, Sheffield theatres, Manchester Royal Exchange and Freedom Studio.
She has made significant steps to increase the company’s profile both nationally and internationally with the company touring to Hong Kong and Singapore for the 4th time in January 2016 with our current production Snow Child. She has worked tirelessly to create the very best theatre for children and is dedicated to her belief that all children deserve access to the high quality theatre. She has also laboured intensively to fulfil her desire to nurture, develop and support artists who are at the outset of their careers or who are new to the world of children’s theatre.
Keeping a company afloat in these turbulent times has been a challenge, but one Wendy has taken in her stride marrying her artistic vision with a pragmatism unusual in the artistic lead of a company. Congratulations Wendy on 10 years of resounding success, here’s to the next 10 years!
Snow Child on tour
Our Autumn production Snow Child opened at The Arc, Stockton on Saturday 3rd October and is now touring nationally and internationally until March before ending its run at the De Grey Rooms Ballroom, York Theatre Royal from Tuesday 23 February to Saturday 5 March 2016.
Talking about the show writer Emma Reeves said
“Snow Child is about a couple who want a child, but can’t have one so build one out of snow and she magically comes to life,” says Emma. “It’s then about her struggle to come to terms with life as a real child when she is a spirit of the snow, and her parents dealing with a child who isn’t who what they expected. It’s about families really.
“It’s based on an old Russian folk tale so I wanted to make sure it was wasn’t just about the parents so in the end it is her choice to stick with the family or go back to be a spirit of the snow.” Backseat Mafia 14 October