Keepy Uppy by Evan Placey

5th May 2018 to 1st Jul 2018
Illustration by Jacky Fleming

Presented by tutti frutti productions 

Keepy Uppy

by Evan Placey

A play of one half, one hour long to final whistle

For children aged 3+

Available to tour from the 5th of May to the 1st of July 2018 


Joey absolutely loves football.

Playing it, watching it, talking about it.

He gets it from his mum – a footy fanatic!

Joey can turn anywhere into a make believe pitch, from scoring goals in his breakfast cereal to imaginary match commentating on his way to school. His enthusiasm is shared equally by his Mum – the best teammate he could ever have. She stands on the sidelines cheering him on, giving him top training tips and teaching him new tricks.

Life is busy for Joey and mum, but today nothing can get in their way as the big day has arrived; the high point of the season, the cup final and a chance for Joey to score a winning goal.

They set off for the game, ready for ANYTHING!

Keepy Uppy is a play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, non-football fans, children and families. Join us and celebrate the joy of the beautiful game with popping rhymes, fab footie moves, flicks and sidesteps underscored by toe tapping live music. This is a visual treat that will ignite children’s imagination from kick-off to the final whistle.

To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or

For more information about working with us please see our venues or schools sections.

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
5th May 2018
11.00; 2.00
Howard Assembly Rooms
Opera North Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU To book tickets: 0113 243 9999
6th May 2018
1.00; 3.30
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
To book tickets: 0115 846 7777
Visiting family information is here.
9th May 2018
Paddock Junior Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
10th May 2018
Swarcliffe Primary School
Closed school performance
12th May 2018
11.00; 3.00
The Marlowe Theatre
The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS 
To book tickets: 01227 787787
13th May 2018
11.30; 2.30
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE To book tickets: 01235 515144
16th May 2018
Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School
Closed school performance
18th May 2018
Oakham Primary School, Oldbury

Closed performance for the school

20th May 2018
11.00; 2.00
Stroud Subscription Rooms
George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE 
To book tickets: 01453 760900
22nd May 2018
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422
Visiting family information is here.
23rd May 2018
Beechwood Primary School
Closed school booking
24th May 2018
Gledhow Primary School
Closed school performance
26th May 2018
11.30; 2.30
The Atkinson
Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB  
To book tickets: 01704 533333
Visiting family information is here.
27th May 2018
11.30; 2.30
The Citadel Arts Centre
Waterloo Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PX 
To book tickets: 01744 735436
28th May 2018
12.00; 3.00
The Forum
Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
To book tickets:01609 776230
29th May 2018
2.00; 6.30
Guildhall Arts Centre
St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 6PZ 
To book tickets: 01476 406158
31st May 2018
Arts at Stowe
Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH To book tickets: 01280 825710
2nd Jun 2018
Belltable Arts Hub
69 O'Connell Street, Limerick 
To book tickets: 061 953 400
9th Jun 2018
Princess Alexandra Auditorium
Yarm School, Spitalfields, Stockton-on-Tees TS15 9EJ To book tickets: 01642 792587
10th Jun 2018
11.30; 3.30
Waterside Arts Centre
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF  
To book tickets: 0161 912 5616
13th Jun 2018
Pickering Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
14th Jun 2018
D'Eyncourt Primary School
Closed school performance
16th Jun 2018
10.30; 1.30
Skipton Town Hall
High St, Skipton BD23 1AH 
To book tickets: 01756 706407
17th Jun 2018
11.30; 2.30
mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 
To book tickets: 0121 446 3232
20th Jun 2018
- 23rd Jun 2018
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD
To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
24th Jun 2018
11.00; 2.00
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
To book tickets: 0208 369 5454
Visiting family information is here.
26th Jun 2018
Robert Mellors Primary and Nursery School
Closed school performance
27th Jun 2018
10.30; 1.30
Stannington Infant School
Closed school performance
29th Jun 2018
Closed schools performance
30th Jun 2018
The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE 
To book tickets: 01539 725 133
1st Jul 2018
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY
To book tickets: visit Hebden Bridge Town Hall Box Office or book via the website
Visiting family information is here.

Creative Team

Chris Firth

Chris Firth

Production Manager

Yorkshire born and bred and proud, Chris started out in theatre training as a performer then found his niche in technical theatre, starting out at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. Now 16 Years on Chris has worked his way through the ranks from stage crew up to Production Manager with bits inbetween including asm, tech stage manager and even a ring master for the Chinese National Circus! He is delighted to be part of the Keepy Uppy Tour and working with Tutti Frutti on this new and entertaining show!

Production manager credits include:

Bitched (Tristan Bates Theatre, West End), Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre,Manchester),HOME1947(The Lowry, Salford), ISHQ The Musical ( Sadler’s Wells Theatre),1984-Orwell live reading( Senate House, London), Snow White, Peter Pan, Cinderella(Venue Cymru, Llandudno).

Further Theatre Credits:

Technical Stage Manager- Jus’ Like that the Tommy Cooper Story(UK Tour), Tour Manager/Ringmaster (Chinese National Circus)

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.
Evan Placey

Evan Placey

Evan is a Canadian-British playwright who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London, England. He recently won the Writers’ Guild Award – Best Play for Young Audiences for his play Girls Like That (Synergy Theatre/Unicorn Theatre; first produced Birmingham Rep/Theatre Royal Plymouth/West Yorkshire Playhouse.) A new play for NYT’s West End Season will premiere in October this year, and his play Scarberia will be produced in Toronto in 2016. His other plays include: Pronoun (National Theatre Connections); Mother of Him (Courtyard Theatre, London; winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing (UK), RBC National Playwriting Competition (Canada) and the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest (USA).); Banana Boys (Hampstead Theatre); How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre); Scan Artists (BRIT school/ Yard Theatre); Little Criminals (York /Plymouth/Polka) and Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre Project, schools tour & Unicorn Theatre; winner of the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play for Young People.) For radio: Mother of Him (BBC Radio 3 “The Wire”/Little Brother Productions).

Evan has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Rep, the Unicorn Theatre, and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He was part of the Kudos/Bush Writers’ Initiative, Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting, and was a finalist for the Red Planet Prize. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He also teaches playwriting to young people for various theatres, as well as in prisons.
Joêl Daniel

Joêl Daniel

At 16 Joêl found breaking enabling him to externalise expression that would otherwise remain internal. After many adventures in the breaking culture he went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, what started as a means to an end initiated a fierce passion for expression through dance and movement.

After co-founding Champloo Dance Company (2008-2013) and touring its debut show in UK, Europe, Canada and India he works as a freelance Choreographer, Movement Director and Performer. Other work includes Boing! Travelling Light theatre, Cinderella: A fairy tail Tobacco Factory Theatre, Peter Pan Bristol Old Vic and Pulling Out Documental Theatre.

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 'Wild’.

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.

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