Monday’s Child by Brendan Murray

5th Apr 2014 to 14th Jun 2014

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal

present

Monday’s Child

Written by Brendan Murray

For children aged 3-7 years and their families

Monday’s Child 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…

Together they love to sing and dress up and are often oblivious of the challenges that the real world throws at them. The little girl delights in discovering her world and loves learning new things – how to count, the different colours and the simplicities of abc and 123.

Written by award-winning writer Brendan Murray (Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, Best Children’s Play 2012), and with live music and dance, this imaginative dream-like yet funny story explores how we learn, remember, grow old and cope with new challenges.

With a magical mix of music, movement and beautiful design, Monday’s Child has been made especially for children aged 3-7 years, their families and teachers.

Join us for a funny, tender exploration of worlds old and new.

Please contact alison@tutti-frutti.org.uk for more information or see our ‘how to book a show’ page.

For video’s of our work please see our YouTube channel.

Creative Team

  • Director – Wendy Harris, Artistic Director, tutti frutti
  • Writer – Brendan Murray’s Hare and Tortoise toured nationally in 2011/12 to much acclaim and won the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Children’s Play 2012
  • Research – Neuroscientists from Sussex University have joined the Creative team and provide an insight into memory and the reasons why we lose our memories.
  • Composer / Musical Director – Dom Sales currently working with tutti frutti on The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
  • Movement Director – Joanne Moven has worked previously with tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal on Silly Billy, If Only the Lonely Were Home and most recently Hue Boy
  • Designer – Catherine Chapman has provided magical, inventive and beautiful sets for tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal several times in the past.
  • Production Manager – Jude Cloke, York Theatre Royal
  • Lighting Designer – tbc, York Theatre Royal

Illustration by Jacky Fleming

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Video

Reviews & Quotes

  1. Josie Cerise is endearing and never parodying—her swaying, twitching, wide-eyed physicality is spot-on and true to life.

    Erika Poole as the older Woman is similarly youthful and sparkling. The pair bring this well-crafted story to life in a way which, like past Tutti Frutti successes, should serve as a delightful early theatrical experience for the very young. British Theatre Guide

    http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/monday-s-child-york-theatre-ro-10094
  2. Children and adults can discover much from this play, which is directed by Harris with understanding, sensitivity and a sense of fun. York Press

    http://bit.ly/QUw9IF

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
9th Apr 2014
Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall

Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall, High Street, Burniston, YO13 0HJ as part of Rural Arts North Yorkshire Rural Touring Scheme  www.ruralarts.org

10th Apr 2014
10.30; 1.30
Blackgates Primary School, Wakefield

Closed performance for the school. 

11th Apr 2014
1.30
Lincoln Drill Hall

Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY  To book tickets: 01522 873894  www.lincolndrillhall.com

12th Apr 2014
2.30
Quarterhouse

Mill Bay, Kent, Folkestone, CT1 3XL  To book tickets: 01303 858500  www.quarterhouse.co.uk

13th Apr 2014
1.30; 3.30
Lakeside

University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD  To book tickets: 0115 846 7777  www.lakesidearts.org.uk

22nd Apr 2014
1.30
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
23rd Apr 2014
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
24th Apr 2014
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
25th Apr 2014
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
26th Apr 2014
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
30th Apr 2014
10.30; 1.30
Talbot Primary School, Leeds
Closed schools performance
1st May 2014
11.00; 1.30
Otley Courthouse

Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN  To book tickets: 01943 467216  www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

3rd May 2014
3.30
Chats Palace

42-44 Brooksby's Walk, London, E9 6DF  To book tickets: 020 8533 0227  www.chatspalace.com

11th May 2014
11.00; 2.00
artsdepot

5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA  To book tickets: 0208 369 5454  www.artsdepot.co.uk

14th May 2014
Oakham Primary School, Oldbury

Closed performance for the school

15th May 2014
10.30; 1.30
Filey Infant School

Closed performance for the school.

17th May 2014
11,00; 2.00
The Castle

The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA  To book tickets: 01933 270 007  www.thecastle.org.uk

19th May 2014
- 21 May 2014
Live and Local

As part of Rural Tour

23rd May 2014
1.00
Howard Assembly Rooms

Opera North Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU  To book tickets: 0113 243 9999  http://www.operanorth.co.uk/howard-assembly-room

24th May 2014
11.00
Howard Assembly Rooms

Opera North Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU  To book tickets: 0113 243 9999  http://www.operanorth.co.uk/howard-assembly-room

25th May 2014
11.30
The Theatre

2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton. OX7 5NL  To book tickets: 01608 642350  www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

26th May 2014
2.00
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, CT2 7NB  To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/
27th May 2014
11.30; 2.30
Spark Festival, Leicester

Various school and community venues www.sparkfestival.co.uk

28th May 2014
2.00
Loughborough Town Hall

Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB  To book tickets: 01509 231914  http://www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk/

30th May 2014
11.30; 2.30
Mumford Theatre

Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge  To book tickets: 0845 1962320  www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre

31st May 2014
2.30
The Arts Centre

Edge Hill University, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP  To book tickets: 01695 584468  www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre

7th Jun 2014
11.00; 2.00
Nuffield Theatre

University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR  To book tickets: 023 8067 1771  www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk

9th Jun 2014
Westwood Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school

10th Jun 2014
11.00
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am
11th Jun 2014
Lawrence Batley Theatre Outreach

Closed performance for a children's centre

13th Jun 2014
4.30
Holmfirth Arts Festival 2014

Holmfirth Methodist Church, School Street, Holmfirth, HD9 7EQ  www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

14th Jun 2014
1.00; 3.00
Warwick Arts Centre

The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL  To book tickets: 024 7652 4524  www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

15th Jun 2014
1.00; 3.00
The Civic

Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ  To book tickets: 01226 327 000  www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

Rainy Day Activities

Leaf bunting

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Schools Activities

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Creative Team

Brendan Murray

Brendan Murray

Following a degree in Drama at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Brendan trained as an actor at Drama Studio London before working in regional repertory, theatre for young people, commercial touring, fringe and television.

In 1997 Brendan was awarded an Arts Council Bursary and nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's Play and was runner-up for the John Whiting Award in 2000. In 2001 he won The Brian Way Award and in 2009 The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children & Young People. He was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow at King's College Hospital (2002-03) and Artistic Director of Oxfordshire (Touring) Theatre Company from 2003 to 2008.

Like the good northerner he is, he lives in Brighton.

www.brendanmurray.co.uk
Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Catherine is a theatre designer and loves her role of creating magical places for stories to be told. Catherine was born in North Yorkshire and often returns to the area to work at York Theatre Royal and Stephen Joseph Theatre. She enjoys working on plays for children recently working on Wind in the Willows at York Theatre Royal. Catherine has previously worked with Tutti Frutti on The Girl Who Lost Her Smile and Hare and Tortoise. She also loves knitting, Coco Chanel and rabbits.
Dominic Sales

Dominic Sales

Dom loves writing music, playing music, recording music and listening to music. As a boy he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, singing everyday for five years and sometimes making records and being on the TV. Later he went on to play lots of jazz and was a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Then Dom went to university to learn more about music and since then has been lucky enough to be able to pay the bills just by doing something musical. He has written music for lots of different people -from Atomic Kitten to Opera North and the BBC to a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies. His music has been played on national television and radio and in theatres throughout Europe. Dom is Director/Producer for the record label Jellymould Jazz and also plays the triangle.

www.dominicsales.co.uk
Joanne Bernard

Joanne Bernard

Joanne trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. She then worked with Kokuma dance company in Birmingham which enabled her to work with some of the best African and Caribbean tutors, Koffi Koko, Peter Badejo, H pattern and Patsy Ricketts to name a few. She has 18 years performance experience working for a variety of companies including Ace Dance and Music (contemporary/African fusion), Foot in hand (disabled and able bodied dancers) and tutti frutti (children’s theatre). Joanne went on to become movement director with Red Earth Theatre based in Derby for 5 productions and then returned to tutti frutti as a choreographer for their autumn show Silly Billy and has been with the company ever since.

Joanne has been a rehearsal director since 2004 working with companies such as State of Emergency and Rosie Kay with who she was rehearsal director for four seasons between 2005 and 2010. She was rehearsal director for Tavaziva dance during the critically acclaimed 2004 production ‘Bophelo’ in which the company toured to Zimbabwe as part of the Harare International Arts Festival. She returned to Tavaziva as rehearsal director for ‘Tavaziva Ten’ in autumn 2014.

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director

I have held the position of Artistic Director at tutti frutti since 2005 and have directed all but one production in partnership with York Theatre Royal, touring nationally and internationally and co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre and the First Words writers’ development programme

Before working with tutti frutti I was Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company, and previous to this; Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company in Liverpool. Over the years as a freelance director work has included; Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Hope Street Ltd, Oxford Stage Company, Unity Theatre Liverpool, European Stage Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Contact Theatre Manchester. I currently live in Leeds with my partner Mark and two sons Louie and Eliot.

Touring Team

Erika Poole

Erika Poole

Erika Poole originates from Stoke-on-Trent. Over the years Erika’s acting roles have been many and varied, though predominantly in theatre and often for children.

She has worked with acclaimed physical theatre company Told by An Idiot in ‘Shoot Me In The Heart’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, co-devised and toured ‘Not With That Hand’ with Annie Fitzmaurice and Paul Hunter. Erika worked with artist Mark Storor on ‘For the Best’ at the Unicorn Theatre, a piece generated by the insight of children attending the Evelina Hospital School. She subsequently toured with the Birmingham Stage Company playing the horrid Gran in ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and then appeared as Olive in ‘From Newbury with Love’ with Red Cape Theatre. In 2012 she again collaborated with Annie Fitzmaurice for Coal’s production of ‘Johnny Come Lately’ under the direction of John Wright in which she played the toxic mum, Maureen. Most recently she helped develop ‘In-Kind’ alongside artist Sarah Cole and a group of carers from Islington, which was a person-to-person performance in a military ambulance giving a glimpse of life as a carer.

It was great fun to be working with Tutti-Frutti on such a lovely piece as ‘Monday’s Child’ with Josie Cerise and to experience the joys of touring once more.

Joanne Davies

Joanne Davies

Joanne has specialised in the stage management of touring theatre for the past four years as well as honing her skills as a scenic artist. After graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a BA in Scenography and Theatre Design, Jo has toured with a wide variety of productions. Her first European tour was in the capacity of technical stage manager with the European Ballet. Shows included “Cinderella” and “Coppelia.” Cirque Du Hilarious’ “Daredevils and Clowns” added circus and comedy to the mix, whilst Richard Temple Ltd’s “The Wheels on the Bus” and KW & NB Ltd’s international tour of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” saw Jo’s introduction into children’s theatre as well as company management. From this, Jo has found a passion for children’s theatre and has most recently completed a tour of Turned On Its Head’s participatory dance show “Shiny.” Jo was stage manager for tutti frutti on their national tour of “Monday’s Child.”
Josie Cerise

Josie Cerise

Josie is originally from New Zealand and grew up in Lancashire. After graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Performance in 2009, she went on to gain a place on the professional acting apprenticeship; InterACT with Northumberland Theatre Company.

Since then Josie starred in the Bafta nominated 'Ha Ha Hairies' on Cartoonito as Mini Ha Ha, you can also see her this year in the Cbeebies show 'Grandpa in my Pocket'. Theatre credits include 'The Gruffalo': West End/UK Tour, 'Room on the Broom': Sydney Opera House/Australian Tour and 'My Brother the Robot': Poland/UK (Tall Stories), 'The Prince and the Penguin' (Northern Stage), '4Play' (NTC), 'Sward!' (Blaize Theatre Company), 'Bleak Expectations' and 'Coral' (Nuffield Theatre Company).

Josie performed with Erika Poole in Monday's Child