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 

A silent pitch, a still football.

Footie strips, shin pads, shiny boots. 

A kick of the ball, it flies, it soars… it scores …….. GOAL!

Our journey begins with grass stained knees, Astro Turf and champions. Keepy Uppy tells an extraordinary tale of love, devotion and family, set in the world of all things football and undeniable team spirit.

Join tutti frutti as they celebrate the joy of the beautiful game and ignite children’s imagination with visual and physical storytelling.

Keepy Uppy is a play for the 2018 world cup year, for football fans, non-football fans, children and families. With few words and bold physicality, fab footie moves, flicks, sidesteps and original live music.

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Creative Team

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.