Rapunzel by Mike Kenny

27th Apr 2015 to 7th Jun 2015

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present


Written by Mike Kenny

For children aged 3+ and their families

Rapunzel; a story about a girl who is taken away from what she knows and protected from all the things that she loves.

Placed high-up in a tower above the world and faced with the challenge of growing-up, she is found alone, dreaming….

The sun goes up
The moon goes down
The world keeps turning
Round and round.

The moon comes up
The sun goes down
Can things that are lost
Ever be found?

1 year, 2 years, the girl gets older
The summers hot, the winters colder

3 years, 4 years, her tower stands straight
The girl is dreaming, and still she waits…..

5 years, 6 years, the years go by
She’s still alone, she wonders why?……

With fantastic music from Chris Mellor, beautiful movement from TC Howard and magical design by Catherine Chapman, Rapunzel is a delightful production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are. 

For video’s of our work please see our YouTube channel.


Reviews & Quotes

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
26th Apr 2015
1.00 & 3.00
The Lowry

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

30th Apr 2015
1.30 & 5.00
Redbridge Drama Centre
London Borough of Redbridge, Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2RB  To book tickets: 0208 708 8803
Visiting family information is here.
3rd May 2015
1.00 & 3.00
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446
6th May 2015
1.30 & 6.30
York Theatre Royal, De Grey Rooms

St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568  www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

7th May 2015
11.00 & 1.30
York Theatre Royal, De Grey Rooms

St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568  www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

8th May 2015
York Theatre Royal, De Grey Rooms

St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568  www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

9th May 2015
11.00 & 2.00
The New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AS  To book tickets: 01473 295900 Visiting family information is here. http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/
10th May 2015
12.00 & 3.00
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

15th May 2015
11.00 & 1.30
The Witham
3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY  To book tickets: 01833 631107
Visiting family information is here.
16th May 2015
11.00 & 2.00
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY  To book tickets: 01429 890 000

17th May 2015
11.30 & 2.30
Cambridge Junction
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX  To book tickets: 01223 511511  www.junction.co.uk
23rd May 2015
11.00 & 2.00
Yvonne Arnaud

Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX  To book tickets: 01483 440000  www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

24th May 2015
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
25th May 2015
11.30 & 2.00
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF  To book tickets:01628 788997
26th May 2015
11.00; 2.00
The Berry Theatre
The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hampshire SO30 4EJ To book tickets: 023 8065 2333
Visiting family information is here.
27th May 2015
11.00 & 2.30
mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH 
To book tickets: 0121 446 3232  www.macbirmingham.co.uk
28th May 2015
11.00 & 2.00
Arts Centre Washington

Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB  To book tickets: 0191 219 3455  www.artscentrewashington.co.uk

29th May 2015
- 30 May 2015
Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL To book tickets: 01642 525199 www.arconline.co.uk
31st May 2015
King George’s Hall
Northgate, Blackburn, BB2 1AA  To book tickets: 0844 8471664
3rd Jun 2015
10.45 & 1.00
The Arts Centre

Edge Hill University, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP  To book tickets: 01695 584468  www.edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre

4th Jun 2015
1.30 & 4.30
Leeds Central Library
Room 700, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB  To book tickets: 01133 785 005 www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents  
7th Jun 2015
1.00 & 3.30
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
To book tickets: 0115 846 7777 www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Visiting family information is here.

Rainy Day Activities

Rapunzel postcard

Rapunzel postcard

Write a postcard to Rapunzel




Rapunzel lullaby lyrics

Rapunzel lullaby lyrics

Sing Rapunzel's lullaby






Schools Activities

Rapunzel notes for teachers

Rapunzel notes for teachers




What did you do today?

What did you do today?

How does Rapunzel spend her day?






Creative Team

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.
Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny is one of England’s leading writers specialising in young people’s theatre. He was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. His Olivier Award-winning adaptation of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN for York Theatre Royal, has had several successful revivals at Waterloo and Kings Cross stations, as well as at the National Railway Museum. In Canada it won the People’s Choice Award following its record-breaking run in Toronto. Mike won the 2015 Writers Guild Award for Best Play for Younger Audiences with THREE WISE MONKEYS and the DeutscherKindertheaterpreis in 2012 with ELECTRIC DARKNESS. In July 2013, Mike was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham for his work in theatre for young people.

Mike’s recent productions include Batley Variations, a community opera for Batley, and Random Selfies for Ovalhouse, London (Nominated for an Off West End Award) His play The Vulture Song was a co production between Blah Blah Blah in Leeds and Yellowcat, in Delhi. Last Year he wrote This is Not For You, working with Graeae and Forces Veterans on a large outdoor piece inspired by the disabled of the First World War. This was a 14-18-Now commission.


TC Howard

TC Howard has worked as a performer, choreographer, movement director and educationalist throughout her career. She has danced and taught with many companies including V-Tol, Ludus Dance Company, Northern Broadsides, Vincent Dance Theatre and Gary Clarke.

Her work with The David Glass Ensemble took her to countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and The Philippines to perform and work alongside street children and local artists. She continues to research work with children using a multiple intelligence approach to learning and also works with a wide range of mixed abilities and ages.

TC has choreographed for theatre productions in Bolton Octagon, Manchester Royal Exchange, The Dukes Playhouse and with Red Ladder, Opera Circus and Horse and Bamboo. She also creates dance for site specific and installations works in non traditional venues.

TC has previously worked with Tutti Frutti on Rapunzel and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

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

Chipo Kureya

Chipo Kureya

Originally training as a dancer, Chipo graduated from the Urdang Academy and went on to choreograph music videos and tour with London based chamber rock band Chrome Hoof. She then went onto develop her skill set as an actor and has since gained credits include Liberian Girl- Royal Court, Fingertips – Clean Break, Ariel in The Tempest at the Waterloo East Theatre and ‘Jade’ in her one woman Edinburgh Fringe debut, So What if I Dance. Rapunzel was her first national tour and she was delighted to be working with tutti frutti on this piece.

Danny Childs

Danny Childs

Danny graduated from ALRA:North in 2013 where he was nominated to represent the school in a ‘Laurence Olivier Award’ bursary. Starting life as an actor with a rural UK tour of ’12 Miles from Nowhere’ (Karen Simpson/Action Transport Theatre), Danny then moved onto roles as ‘Wishee Washee’ (Buxton Opera House) and ‘Grandson’ in Michael Morpurgo’s ‘FarmBoy’ (Colchester Mercury).

Danny has been a part of the ‘Tutti Frutti’ family before, enjoying a national and international tour of ‘Rapunzel’ back in 2015, 'Ugly Duckling' in 2017 and ‘Keepy Uppy’ in 2018.

Danny and his colleague Matt are establishing their names as filmmakers back in Manchester, specialising in promotional footage, actors portfolio material and short films. They have already enjoyed an official selection award for their short film ‘FEUD’ earlier this year despite only celebrating a 1 year birthday of their company SquadFour Productions recently. Follow their progress online at www.squadfourproductions.co.uk.

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.
Nicola Blackman

Nicola Blackman

Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In a career spanning over forty years she has played principal roles in ten West End Musicals, appeared in rep around the country, been a member of the National Theatre and English Shakespeare Company, had her own TV series for the BBC, worked in the US and is an Olivier nominee. For good measure she has also been a backing singer for Ray Charles, Millicent Martin and Lulu.