Jack Frost and the Search for Winter

8th Oct 2022 to 31st Dec 2022

tutti frutti present a one hour show for children aged 3+ and their families. Perfect for weekend, half term and twilight family shows or for school performances.

Available to tour from 8th October – 31st December 2022


When temperatures drop and cold snaps come, that means only one thing: Jack Frost is here!

Jack Frost is a mischievous young boy with a frozen touch. His magic transforms the landscape and brings the colours of autumn and the chill of cold winter. He freezes the orange and red leaves, and covers the trees and ground with a glistening blanket of ice and snow.

But this year when winter comes around the snow begins to melt and along with it Jack’s extraordinary magic fades. With his powers lost he becomes just an ordinary boy.

In this wintery tale, Jack and his new found friend, search for winter and attempt to restore Jack’s special gift. Circling the globe they meet characters who share their own special shimmering seasonal winter magic, but will Jack’s magic return?

Join tutti frutti for this enchanting new play by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho with important environmental themes, a touch of wintery fun and original live music.


To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk.

For more details about working with us please see our Venues or Schools sections.

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
8th Oct 2022
10.30; 1.30
Leeds Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Leeds LS2 7UP To book tickets: 0113 213 7700 https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/
11th Oct 2022
Closed schools performance
12th Oct 2022
Robert Mellors Primary and Nursery School
Closed school performance
15th Oct 2022
11.30; 2.30
The Alnwick Playhouse
Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PQ To book tickets: 01665 660550 www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk/
16th Oct 2022
11.00; 2.00
Skipton Town Hall
High St, Skipton BD23 1AH 
To book tickets: 01756 706407
17th Oct 2022
Pickering Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
18th Oct 2022
Thornton Dale Primary School
Closed school performance
20th Oct 2022
Reinwood Infant & Nursery School
Closed school performance
21st Oct 2022
Steiner Academy, Arts Alive rural touring scheme
To book tickets: www.artsalive.co.uk
22nd Oct 2022
Stamford Arts Centre
27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DL To book tickets: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com
23rd Oct 2022
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF To book tickets: 0161 912 5616 watersidearts.org  
24th Oct 2022
2.00; 6.00
Princess Alexandra Auditorium
Yarm School, Spitalfields, Stockton-on-Tees TS15 9EJ To book tickets: 01642 792587 https://www.thepaaonline.org/
26th Oct 2022
Guildhall Arts Centre
St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 6PZ 
To book tickets: 01476 406158 http://guildhallartscentre.com/
27th Oct 2022
- 30th Oct 2022
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

9th Nov 2022
Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School
Closed school performance
10th Nov 2022
Armathwaite Old School Hall, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
To book tickets: highlightsnorth.co.uk
11th Nov 2022
Bardon Mill & Henshaw Village Hall, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
To book tickets: highlightsnorth.co.uk
12th Nov 2022
Hamsterley Village Hall, Highlights
To book tickets: highlightsnorth.co.uk
13th Nov 2022
Otley Courthouse

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

15th Nov 2022
Adswood Primary School
Closed school performance
16th Nov 2022
Stannington Infant School
Closed school performance
17th Nov 2022
Seacroft Grange Primary School
Closed schools performance
19th Nov 2022
11.00; 2.00
Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts
21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG To book tickets: 01202 280000 https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/
20th Nov 2022
2.00; 4.00
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE  To book tickets: 01970 623232  www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/

21st Nov 2022
11.00; 1.30
SpArC Theatre, Arts Alive rural touring scheme
To book tickets: www.artsalive.co.uk
24th Nov 2022
- 26th Nov 2022
Half Moon

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

27th Nov 2022
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
To book tickets: 0208 369 5454 www.artsdepot.co.uk
Visiting family information is here.
29th Nov 2022
Templegate Tots, Whitkirk Primary
Closed schools performance
30th Nov 2022
Bankside Primary School
Closed schools performance
1st Dec 2022
Dixons Trinity Chapeltown
Closed school performance
4th Dec 2022
- 10th Dec 2022
Canada Water Theatre
Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR  To book tickets: 0207 525 2931 www.canadawatertheatre.org.uk
13th Dec 2022
- 31st Dec 2022
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

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

Creative Team

Director- Eleanor Manners

Director- Eleanor Manners

Eleanor Manners is a Theatre Maker, Voice & Dialect Coach and facilitator, having graduated from The Arden School of Theatre, Birmingham Conservatoire and Rose Bruford she now works nationally in theatre across the UK. As a Theatre Maker she was an Associate Director on The Wizard of Oz at Leeds Playhouse, Assistant Director on Searching for the Heart of Leeds and is currently part of the RTYDS New Directions programme.

Eleanor also works as voice & dialect coach on productions at theatres including The Royal Court, The Bridge, Talawa Theatre, Young Vic and The National Theatre. Eleanor Has always had participation work at her core starting initially working with young people and is a member of the award winning Creative Engagement department at Leeds Playhouse as their Associate Participation Practitioner.
Lighting Designer- Callum Macdonald

Lighting Designer- Callum Macdonald

Callum is a lighting designer based in the Suffolk countryside with a rapidly growing design portfolio in a variety of genres and styles. With an electrical diploma and no official training in theatrical lighting design, Callum spent many of his early years on placements with top industry professionals, slowly working his way up the chain and into the designing role. Callum is keen to work on productions that make theatre accessible to all, be it the way that the show is presented or by the story it tells. Often accessible theatre is an afterthought on a production, where possible Callum works with companies that make the standard production more accessible from the very beginning with accessibility integrated into the performance. The goal being, to make every performance accessible to all. Callum is thrilled to be working with Tutti Frutti and to be a part of making theatre for young minds.
Music Composer- Tayo Akinbode

Music Composer- Tayo Akinbode

I first discovered theatre in London at the Royal Court’s Activists Youth Theatre, and my first composer job was for Manchester Youth Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

My recent work includes: Much Ado About Nothing for New English Shakespeare Company at The Dubai Opera House; The Panto That Nearly Never Was - Theatr Clwyd; Sonnet Sunday, Henry IV pt 1, pt2 and Henry V - Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; The Whip – Royal Shakespeare Company; Pulse - Bamboozle; Red Dust Road - National Theatre of Scotland; Snow White - The Wrong Crowd, My Voice Was Heard - Red Ladder; Bouncers - The Royal Court Liverpool; Love Unspoken – Spare Tyre/Queen’s Hornchurch, and The World According To Grandpa for Grandpa Productions/Channel 5 Milkshake.
Production Manager- Danielle Harris

Production Manager- Danielle Harris

Danielle is an award-winning Technical Stage Manager, who graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Practice from the University of Hull. She has worked as a Technician at several venues in Hull and East Riding, as well as having contributed to multiple theatre festivals as a Venue Manager, Stage Manager and Event Manager including: Assemble Fest, Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Back To Ours and the National Student Drama Festival, where she received an accolade for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Technical Team’. She enjoys working freelance on a variety of projects and has recently moved into Production Management, having been Production Manager & Coordinator (Maternity Cover) for Middle Child Theatre and completing the Green Production Lab by Without Walls and Walk The Plank.
Set & Costumer Designer- Warda Abbasi

Set & Costumer Designer- Warda Abbasi

A Miniature Model-Maker with a focus on sets for Theatre, Film, TV and Commercials. Of my own initiative over the past few years, I have self-taught many of the necessary skills for design and model making. I am furthering my personal development within Prop Making & Set Decorating. Currently I am freelancing as a Craft Creator for Tutti Frutti and I am a mentee on Set Access: A UK Film Talent Development Programme from Creative Access & Guy Ritchie.
Sundeep Saini

Movement Director- Sundeep Saini

Sundeep is a movement director & choreographer passionate about driving narrative through physicality & immersive performance. As a parent to two young children she is committed to making excellent theatre for young audiences and their families.

Sundeep’s has recently worked on the immersive open air production of “Squad Goals” at Dagenham & Redbridge FC. She was the Movement Director and choreographer on the National Theatre’s Public Acts production of “As You Like It” and has worked for many regional theatres including Watford Palace Theatre, Queens Theatre Hornchurch and The New Wolsey.

Writer- Joseph Coelho

Writer- Joseph Coelho

Joseph Coelho is a multi-award winning children’s author and playwright. He writes across several mediums for children including stage plays, picture books, non-fiction and middle grade. His latest ‘Story told in poems’ The Girl Who Became A Tree’ was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a special mention from the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2021. His latest stage play The Wishing Tree recently finished a run at the Little Angel Theatre in London. He wrote and presented ‘Teach Poetry’ - a 10-part BBC online series that aims to make the writing of poetry fun and accessible to all.
Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of 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

Calum Clark

Calum Clark

Technical Stage Manager adventuring with tutti frutti for the second time. Other recent escapades include Slung Low's Fairy Portal Camp (RSC), The White Whale (Leeds Dock), 59 Minutes To Save Christmas (Sheffield Theatres) and Emergency Story Penguin (UK Tour).

Calum was the company stage manager for Prime Theatre/Bolton Octagon's 2016 tour of The Macbeth Curse by Terry Deary and has toured extensively with Red Ladder and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds.

He is a graduate in Fine Art from Staffordshire University and co-founder of street theatre troupe Artemis Productions UK, Liverpool.

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a Nottingham based freelance Stage Manager. Kirsty has four years of professional experience within the theatre industry spreading out across the UK. Kirsty graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management. Since then she has toured with multiple different children shows including “The Boy Who Bit Picasso”, “Getting dressed” and more recently Red Earth Theatre’s “Mirror,Mirror”. Kirsty is currently deputy stage manager for The Reps “DNA”, and has worked on multiple tutti frutti shows such as "Keepy Uppy", and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".