27th Sep 2012 to 29th Dec 2013

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal present


Written by Mike Kenny

For children aged 3+ and their families

Toured from 27 September 2012 – 23 February 2013
tutti frutti celebrated its 21st birthday by commissioning leading children’s playwright Mike Kenny to write a fabulous new playful production of 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….

Rapunzel by Jacky Fleming

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 new production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are.

Images © Jacky Fleming


Reviews & Quotes

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
27th Sep 2012
- 13 Oct 2012
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.
15th Oct 2012
10.30; 1.30
Closed schools performance
16th Oct 2012
10.30; 1.30
Brudenell Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school.

17th Oct 2012
10.30; 1.30
Blackgates Primary School, Wakefield

Closed performance for the school. 

20th Oct 2012
12.00; 3.00
Warwick Arts Centre

The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL  To book tickets: 024 7652 4524  www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

21st Oct 2012
12.00; 3.00
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.
23rd Oct 2012
11.00; 1.00
Curve Theatre

Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB  To book tickets: 0116 242 3595  www.curveonline.co.uk

24th Oct 2012
Ringland Primary School, Newport

Closed performance for the school. Promoted by Night Out

25th Oct 2012
11.00; 2.00
Powys Dance

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

27th Oct 2012
11.00, 2.00
The Nuffield Theatre

University Road, Southampton, SO17 1TR  To book tickets: 023 8067 1771  www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk

28th Oct 2012
1.30, 3.30
Buxton Opera House Studio

Water St, Buxton, SK17 6XN  To book tickets: 0845 127 2190  www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

30th Oct 2012
11.30; 2.30
Mumford Theatre

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

31st Oct 2012
- 04 Nov 2012: 11.00; 2.00
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446
9th Nov 2012
10.30; 1.30
Raynville Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school.

10th Nov 2012
Georgian Theatre Royal

Victoria Road, Richmond, DL10 4DW  To book tickets: 01748 825252  www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

11th Nov 2012
1.00; 3.00
The Civic, Barnsley
Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ To book tickets: 01226 327 000  
21st Nov 2012
11.00, 4.30
Taliesin Arts Centre

Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PZ  To book tickets: 01792 60 20 60  www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

22nd Nov 2012
Elephant and Castle

Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BQ

24th Nov 2012
11.00; 2.00
Half Moon

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

25th Nov 2012
12.30; 3.00
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

28th Nov 2012
10.30; 2.00
Common Road Infant and Nursery School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school.

29th Nov 2012
11.00, 1.30
Otley Courthouse

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

3rd Dec 2012
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055  www.siamsatire.com

4th Dec 2012
- 06 Dec 2013; 11.00
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055  www.siamsatire.com

12th Dec 2012
- 05 Jan 2013: 11.00; 1.30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

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

9th Jan 2013
10.30; 1.30
Yeadon Westfield Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school

19th Jan 2013
11.30; 3.00
The Egg

Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET  To book tickets: 01225 448844  www.theatreroyal.org.uk/the-egg

21st Jan 2013
10.30; 1.40
Harewood Infant School, Tuffley

Closed performance for the school.

23rd Jan 2013
10.30; 1.30
Birchfield Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school.

25th Jan 2013
10.30; 1.30
Talbot Primary School, Leeds
Closed schools performance
26th Jan 2013
Lincoln Drill Hall

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

27th Jan 2013
40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS  To book tickets: 020 8232 1010
Visiting family information is here.
29th Jan 2013
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Leeds

Closed performance for the school.

31st Jan 2013
Templegate Tiny Tots Pre-school

Closed performance for the school.

2nd Feb 2013
11.00; 2.00
The Castle

The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA  To book tickets: 01933 270 007  www.thecastle.org.uk

3rd Feb 2013
12.00; 2.30
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF To book tickets: 0161 912 5616 watersidearts.org  
6th Feb 2013
10.30; 1.30
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422 www.squarechapel.co.uk
Visiting family information is here.
7th Feb 2013
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422 www.squarechapel.co.uk
Visiting family information is here.
9th Feb 2013
The Lifelong Learning Centre Gartholwg

Community Campus, St. Illtyd's Road, Church Village, Pontypridd, CF38 1RQ  To book tickets: 01443 219589  www.campwsgartholwg.org.uk

10th Feb 2013
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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

15th Feb 2013
11.30; 2.30
Salisbury Arts Centre

Bedwin St  Salisbury, SP1 3UT  To book tickets: 01722 321744  www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk

16th Feb 2013
11.00; 2.30
Yvonne Arnaud

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

17th Feb 2013
11.00; 3.00
Pavilion Dance

Overlooking Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU  To book tickets: 01202 203630  www.paviliondance.org.uk

18th Feb 2013
11.00; 2.00
South Hill Park
Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA  To book tickets: 01344 484123
20th Feb 2013
10.30; 1.15
Kirkgate Centre

Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ  To book tickets: 01900 826 448  www.thekirkgate.com

21st Feb 2013
10.30; 4.15
Kirkgate Centre

Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ  To book tickets: 01900 826 448  www.thekirkgate.com

22nd Feb 2013
Lawrence Batley Theatre (lbt)

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

23rd Feb 2013
11.00; 2.00
Lawrence Batley Theatre (lbt)

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

25th May 2014
10am, 12.30pm
Powszechny Theatre

 ul. Jana Zamoyskiego 20, Warsaw for 18th Assitej World Congress

4th Jun 2014

Touring to Hong Kong and Singapore www.kidsfest.com.hk www.kidsfest.com.sg

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

Writer, Sweet Dreams audio play

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.

Touring Team

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.
Gayle Newbolt

Gayle Newbolt

Gayle is from Cheshire and graduated last year from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA Hons in Acting. She has just finished filming the second series of The Johnny and Inel Show for CBBC, other work this year includes a rehearsed reading adaptation of the Pendle Witch trials for Demi-Paradise Productions, a commercial for Mob Films, and performing as part of the Contact Compacts Festival at the Contact Theatre, Manchester. Gayle was thrilled to return to tutti frutti for the role of Rapunzel which was reprised from a previous tutti frutti national tour.
Selina Zaza

Selina Zaza

Selina trained at East 15 acting school. After graduating in 2006, she played Samina in an international tour of 'When the Lights Went Out' with Tara Arts. She continued to do the rep season 'Hotbed' playing Baron in 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Prisoner in 'The Penal Colony', Nurse in 'Medea' and Kasturba in 'The Shadow of Gandhi'. In 2007 she toured with Theatre Centre, playing Kiran in 'Romeo in the City'; 2008 she performed in the Polka Theatre, playing a variety of characters such as Cinderella and Baby Bear in 'The Jolly Postman'; 2010, Selina played Kool Kat in 'Dick Whittington' in South Hill Park; 2011 she worked with Oxfordshire Theatre Company as Bagheera the Panther and Raksha the wolf and in 'The Jungle Book', touring in the UK as well as the Madinat Theatre in Dubai. During 2012 Selina toured with Tutti Frutti productions as Nan in 'Rapunzel' and Lolita in "Hue Boy" in 2013. She then toured Pied Piper theatre company as Mum, Gran and Mrs Mariposa in 'Care of Henry'. Selina played Mum in ‘The Boy Cried Wolf’