Snow Child by Emma Reeves

3rd Oct 2015 to 5th Mar 2016

tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present

Snow Child

by Emma Reeves

Inspired by Arthur Ransome’s adaptation of The Little Daughter of the Snow

Touring nationally and internationally from October 2015 – March 2016

For everyone over 3

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!

She’s a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild frost-filled landscape and talks with the animals, she brings joy, fun and laughter to the whole village. But it’s not easy, bringing up a wild daughter of the blizzards and the wind. As the seasons turn, and winter gives way to spring and summer, will the Snow Child and her parents find their “happily ever after” ?

tutti frutti are thrilled to bring you writer Emma Reeves’ new play following her huge success with her adaptation of 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.

With atmospheric music by Ollie Birch, beautiful movement by Joanne Bernard 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.

tutti frutti never fails to create inspired and imaginative work and whether you are 5 or 50, you will always enjoy their shows. – Yorkshire Times 2014



Reviews & Quotes

  1. tutti frutti has a long track record of producing involving and exciting shows for young children and it shows! British Theatre Guide

  2. …the audience, young and old alike, take away a gently magical tale that — with its projected snowflakes and twinkling lights — is an ideal alternative to the bigger budget festive fare. Morning Star

  3. The evocative snow scene, beautifully designed by Kate Bunce, is a source of much wonderment for the younger audience and a nostalgic remembrance of things past for us adults. The State of the Arts

  4. In a delightful, charming three hander called Snow Child, the children’s theatre company tutti frutti has rolled-out the white carpet and kick-started Christmas. Yorkshire Times

  5. As fine, thoughtful theatre which really engages young children, this attractive piece hits all the buttons. The Stage (4 stars)

  6. Snow Child review – a winter’s tale of simple charm The Guardian

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
3rd Oct 2015
11.30; 2.30
Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL To book tickets: 01642 525199
5th Oct 2015
10.20; 1.20
Closed schools performance
10th Oct 2015
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
11th Oct 2015
Albany Theatre

Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG  To book tickets: 020 8692 4446

17th Oct 2015
Loughborough Town Hall

Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB  To book tickets: 01509 231914

21st Oct 2015
11.00; 6.00
Driochead Arts Centre
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland  To book tickets: 041 983 3946
23rd Oct 2015
9.30; 12.00
Roscommon Arts Centre
Circular Road, Roscommon, Ireland  To book tickets: +353 (0)90 66 25 824
24th Oct 2015
12.00; 3.00
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

27th Oct 2015
11.00; 2.00
Lancaster Arts
Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW To book tickets: 01524 594151
Visiting family information is here.
29th Oct 2015
Burnley Youth Theatre

Queens Park Road, Burnley, BB10 3LB  To book tickets: 01282 458655

30th Oct 2015
The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD To book tickets: 0113 376 0318
Visiting family information is here.
31st Oct 2015
11.00; 2.00
Half Moon

43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND  To book tickets: 020 7709 8900

7th Nov 2015
The Berry Theatre
The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hampshire SO30 4EJ To book tickets: 023 8065 2333
Visiting family information is here.
8th Nov 2015
40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS  To book tickets: 020 8232 1010
Visiting family information is here.
14th Nov 2015
11.00; 2.00
Lawrence Batley Theatre (lbt)

Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP  To book tickets: 01484 430528

15th Nov 2015
Jackson's Lane

269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA  To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

26th Nov 2015
10.30; 1.30
Otley Courthouse

Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN  To book tickets: 01943 467216

28th Nov 2015
The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE  To book tickets: 01539 725 133
29th Nov 2015
The Civic

Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ  To book tickets: 01226 327 000

1st Dec 2015
- 5 Dec 2015; various times
Arts Centre Washington

Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB  To book tickets: 0191 219 3455

8th Dec 2015
- 20 Dec 2015; various times
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, CT2 7NB  To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
22nd Dec 2015
- 3 Jan 2016; 11.00 & 2.00
The Lowry

Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ  To book tickets: 0870 111 2020

16th Jan 2016
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850

17th Jan 2016
11.00; 2.00
mac birmingham

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH  To book tickets: 0121 446 3232

25th Jan 2016
- 31 Jan 2016
KidsFest Hong Kong
1st Feb 2016
- 7 Feb 2016
KidsFest Singapore
13th Feb 2016
1.30; 4.00
Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre
430 London Road, Southend on Sea, SS0 9LA. To book tickets: 01702 351135
Visiting family information is here.
15th Feb 2016
Bridport Arts Centre
South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. To book tickets: 01308 427183
17th Feb 2016
Full House
16 Church Street, Ampthill, MK45 2EH   To book tickets: 01234 838138
18th Feb 2016
Redbridge Drama Centre
London Borough of Redbridge, Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2RB  To book tickets: 0208 708 8803
Visiting family information is here.
19th Feb 2016
2.00; 20 Feb 2016 11.00; 2.00
Warwick Arts Centre

The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL  To book tickets: 024 7652 4524

23rd Feb 2016
- 5 Mar 2016; various times
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568 Visiting family information is here.
**We are holding a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 October at 11am

Rainy Day Activities

Snow Child Coat Design

Create your dream coat.


Jam Jar Snow Globes

Make an animal snow globe.


Design your Snow Child coat

Design a coat for the Snow Child


Snow Child hot chocolate final

Drink it in you den!


Schools Activities

Notes for teachers

Key themes and synopsis of the Snow Child story.


Animal Environments

Match animals with their environments.


Snow Child Coat Design

Create your dream coat.


Jam Jar Snow Globes

Make an animal snow globe.


Storytelling Den

Build a winter storytelling den in the classroom.


Snow and Ice

Experiment with Snow and Ice


Creative Team

Emma Reeves

Emma Reeves

Emma recently adapted Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather for the stage, and also wrote some episodes of the forthcoming Hetty TV series. Other stage adaptations include Carrie's War, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and Cool Hand Luke. She co-created and wrote Eve for CBBC. Other TV credits include The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Young Dracula and Sadie J. She has twice been nominated for Writers’ Guild Awards.
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.

Kate Bunce

Kate Bunce

Kate has designed shows for The New Vic, Birmingham Rep, MAC, Pentabus, Birmingham Symphony Hall, BAC, Polka Theatre and Northampton Royal and Derngate with whom she has designed several large multi-sensory interactive installation plays for young audiences.

Kate designed Michael Morpurgo’s ‘I believe in Unicorns’ for ‘Wizard Presents’. The show premiered at Edinburgh Festival and following a national tour enjoyed great success in the West End 2014/15.

Kate has recently worked with Tutti Frutti designing the ‘SnowChild’ and currently enjoying designing their current show ‘Wild’ . Kate’s other work this year includes designing Michael Rosen ‘Happy Harry’s café - Birdnest Theatre Company for Polka Theatre and Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Why the Whales came’ for Wizard Presents. Kate is also looking forward to designing Mike Kenny’s ‘Magical Moon’ for Tutti Frutti for Autumn 2016.

Kate has also worked as a Design lecturer for The Royal College of Art, Central School of Speech and Drama and held prop and assistant design roles for The National theatre, BBC, RSC and Almeida. She trained at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design - MA Scenography and a first class BA Hons in Theatre Design.

Kate lives in St Albans with her partner Jon and two children.

Ollie Birch

Ollie Birch

Ollie trained at LAMDA. As an actor: His recent THEATRE includes THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI Arcola MOBY DICK Arcola THE NORMAN CONQUESTS Liverpool Playhouse THERE IS A WAR National Theatre FOUR STAGES OF CRUELTY Arcola ALICE Sheffield Crucible

He is co-artistic director, writer and composer for En Masse which produces original family theatre.
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

Elliot Clark

Elliot Clark

Elliot has been involved in professional theatre for almost fifteen years and has worked as a Company Stage Manager in London’s West End as well as touring across the UK, Italy and America in Stage Management roles. He has worked on Musicals, Plays, Fringe Theatre and Opera but after spending the Autumn running the Sheffield Crucible’s 40th Birthday fortnight Celebration of five separate productions, Company Stage Managing Panto and spending Jan/Feb Production Managing a London musical production Elliot is delighted to be back, working where his passion lies, children's theatre.
Mark Pearce

Mark Pearce

Mark trained at Central. His stage credits include – The BFG (Dukes, Lancaster), Porridge (The Lowry), Life of Pi (Greenwich Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Keswick), Moonlight and Magnolias (Vienna’s English Theatre), Dangerous Lady (Stratford East) and The Firebird (The Watermill).

Musicals include – original principal cast of Ghost (directed by Matthew Warchus), Blues Brothers (West end), Heaven Can Wait (Perth Rep), Carnaby Street (Hackney Empire), Bugle Boy (West end) and Snow White (Qdos).

Shakespeare includes – Twelfth Night (open-air), The Tempest (Heartbreak) and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (OSC).

TV includes - Hornblower (ITV), Strutter (MTV) and Crimewatch (BBC) plus many adverts from Branflakes to Genes Reunited.

Mark is also a busy writer and director, recent work includes directing for Quantum Theatre and Cinderella for ATG. Most recently Mark spent the summer being the Ringmaster with Seaside Cirque.

Mei Mac

Mei Mac

Mei is a theatre maker and actor currently represented by Josh Boyd-Rochford, Simon & How. Training: Rep Theatre Training, Circus Space (NCCA), Lecoq method, CBSO Chorus, Birmingham Royal Ballet. Credits include: The BFG, Open House, (Birmingham Rep); If The Lights Are Too Bright (Ovalhouse); Khora (DanceXchange Birmingham Royal Ballet); Nowhere To Go (Roundhouse); The Future We Want (UN Palais de Nations Geneva); Princess Mononoke International Tour (AiiA Theatre Tokyo, Makuhari Arena, New Diorama Theatre); Wild Swans (Young Vic); Backbone Bistro (Bush Theatre).
Paula James

Paula James

Theatre includes: Unearthed, Larksong, The Gift, Half A Horse (New Vic Theatre Staffordshire) ; The Revenger's Tragedy (Brockley Jack); Not With A Whimper (Arcola Theatre); Duvet Day (Theatre Delicatessen); Price Tag, Emil And The Detectives (Red Earth Theatre/UK Tour); The Tragedy Of Mariam (Tristan Bates Theatre); Gulliver's Travels (TNT/International Tour); Electra (The Space); Hecuba (New Diorama); Wheelman, Stronger Even Than Me Is We, A Puppet In The Works (BAC).

Film includes: Devotion (TW Productions); Triangles (Satisfaction Production); Blood In (Booruffle Pictures); Lovely Monster (Claw Films).