Hare and Tortoise

22nd Sep 2011 to 23rd Jun 2012

Stop watch is set; we hear the ‘tick, tick, tick’
Ready?  Steady?
Geared up, raring to go, Hare is in training at the starting line, alert… waiting…

Who is the fastest, the best? 

Old clock chimes; we hear ‘the tick and the tock’
Slowly does it, taking it easy,
Tortoise is planning winter hibernation, poised with pen and paper, pondering… resting zzzz

Steady as you go, steady as you go… 

Meet two competing friends in this new fantastic adaptation of Aesop’s fable; a story about racing, opposites, time and friendship.  From sun-shining spring to snow-falling winter, tutti frutti brings you this much loved story brimming with ideas, characters, live music and wonderful physicality.

The Hare and Tortoise in the greatest race on earth with a nail biting, seconds ticking, medal winning end…

For 3+ and their families

Resources to support this show can be found in the Learning and Resources section of our website.  Or why not see Hare and Tortoise prepare for their race in York http://www.youtube.com/yorktheatreroyal#p/u/1/hhieo2MEnNo

Director – Wendy Harris
Writer – Brendan Murray
Composer – Dominic Sales
Designer – Catherine Chapman
Movement Director – Ruth Tyson-Jones

Illustrations © Brian Wildsmith 1966, 1989 and 2003 taken from The Hare and the Tortoise, A Christmas Journey and A Christmas Story published by Oxford University Press.

Reviews & Quotes

  1. Writer, Brendan Murray and Tutti Frutti have transformed the few lines of the fable into an intimate, enchanting and colourful work that will truly delight children over 3 and big kids like myself. – Public Reviews

  2. For younger audience members this is a fantastic introduction to live theatre. – British Theatre Guide

  3. Hare and Tortoise, is another fine show to introduce young children to an exciting theatrical world. – British Theatre Guide

  4. Tutti Frutti have a growing reputation for excellent quality, physically and musically imaginative children’s theatre – British Theatre Guide

  5. Young audiences deserve the very best and here they get it – The Stage

  6. As audiences have come to expect from a Tutti Frutti show there is superbly observed movement from the two characters. – The Stage

  7. The familiar story of the most famous race there ever was is so beautifully paced by the Tutti Frutti company. – The Stage

  8. Southgate and Guerreiro (as Hare and Tortoise) are a terrific double act. – York Press

  9. Children and accompanying adults will love this enchanting show. – York Press

  10. Four Stars – Whatsonstage.com

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
22nd Sep 2011
11:00,13:30, 18:00
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD
To book tickets: 01904 623 568 www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Visiting family information is here.
9th Oct 2011
11:00,16:00
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
14th Oct 2011
10:30,13:30
RICHMIX

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA  To book tickets: 0207 613 7498  www.richmix.org.uk

15th Oct 2011
11:00,14:00
RICHMIX

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA  To book tickets: 0207 613 7498  www.richmix.org.uk

16th Oct 2011
13:00,15:00
The Lowry

Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ  To book tickets: 0870 111 2020  www.thelowry.com

20th Oct 2011
11:00,13:30
Otley Courthouse

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

22nd Oct 2011
11:00,13:00
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850  www.lyric.co.uk

23rd Oct 2011
14:00
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/
24th Oct 2011
14:30
Mumford Theatre

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

25th Oct 2011
12:30,15:00
The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD To book tickets: 0113 376 0318 Visiting family information is here. www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
26th Oct 2011
11:00,14:00
Customs House

Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES  To book tickets: 0191 454 1234  www.customshouse.co.uk

27th Oct 2011
11:00,14:00
Arc
Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL To book tickets: 01642 525199 www.arconline.co.uk
30th Oct 2011
14:30
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422 www.squarechapel.co.uk
Visiting family information is here.
1st Nov 2011
11:00
North East Lincolnshire Schools

Closed performances for Schools in Grimsby

5th Nov 2011
11:30,14:00
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP  To book tickets: 0121 236 4455  www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

6th Nov 2011
11:00,14:00
Hawth Theatre

Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ  To book tickets: 01293 553636  www.hawth.co.uk

12th Nov 2011
13:30
Drill Hall

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

13th Nov 2011
13:30,15:30
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
To book tickets: 0115 846 7777 www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Visiting family information is here.
17th Nov 2011
11:00,14:00
Salisbury Playhouse

Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA  To book tickets: 01722 320333  www.salisburyplayhouse.com

18th Nov 2011
11:00,14:00
Salisbury Playhouse

Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA  To book tickets: 01722 320333  www.salisburyplayhouse.com

19th Nov 2011
11:00,14:00
Half Moon

43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND  To book tickets: 020 7709 8900  www.halfmoon.org.uk

20th Nov 2011
15:00
Watermans
40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS  To book tickets: 020 8232 1010
Visiting family information is here.
www.watermans.org.uk
1st Dec 2011
11:00,14:00
Powys Dance

Arlais Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5HE  To book tickets: 01597 824370

3rd Dec 2011
14:30
Waterside
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF To book tickets: 0161 912 5616 watersidearts.org  
5th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Shine
Closed schools performance
10th Dec 2011
11:00,14:00
Lawrence Batley Theatre (lbt)

Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP  To book tickets: 01484 430528  www.lawrencebatleytheatre.co.uk

14th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

15th Dec 2011
11:00
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

16th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

17th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

19th Dec 2011
13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

20th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

21st Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

22nd Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

23rd Dec 2011
13:30,18:00
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

24th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

28th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

29th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

30th Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

31st Dec 2011
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

3rd Jan 2012
13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

4th Jan 2012
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

5th Jan 2012
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

6th Jan 2012
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

7th Jan 2012
11:00,13:30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000  www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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
Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of TYA/PYA England

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