First Words

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First Words

tutti frutti productions, Sheffield Theatres, Manchester Royal Exchange, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, the Dukes Lancaster and Freedom Studios 

Is tutti frutti’s creative training project which supports the development of  writers from the North of England who want to create theatre for children.

We want to support new artists to tell new stories that are culturally diverse, innovative, exciting and relevant for children.

First Words presents a unique opportunity for aspiring writers to work with a range of leading artists who in the past have included artists including; composer Tayo Akinbode, movement director TC Howard, director Nina Hajiyianni, writers including Mike Kenny and Richard Hurford and early years’ specialists including Amanda Dalton of The Royal Exchange who are at the forefront of making theatre for children and young people in the UK.

We hope to be running another of our First Words projects in the not too distant future and are raising funds to support it. Do keep visiting this page to get an update. We will be advertising the project as widely as we can when we are able to run the next project. To register interest please email Wendy Harris at