Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny

15th May 2021 to 26th Jun 2021

A new audio play for all sleepyheads aged 3 years and over

 

Leave the ordinary behind and step into a place of wonder; snuggle down in a place of still, silent sleepy slumber, a place just for you…..

Every night bedtime comes around, but tonight Ivy cannot sleep. When she and her favourite toy rabbit, Bun Bun, find themselves alone on the moon, sleeping is not so easy. The moon can be a funny place. It has two sides and one big face. Ivy tries her best to sleep but she just can’t!

It’s too dark!  The stars are too bright!

The earth sounds are too noisy! And now the galaxy is too quiet to sleep!

Join Ivy and Bun Bun as they try to find a place to sleep that is just right. If you can’t sleep, won’t sleep or love to sleep there is something in this dreamy play for you. With sublime music and beautiful soundscapes, tutti frutti invites you to listen to our first audio play all about the wonders and benefits of sleep.

Working with partners, The Sleep Charity and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, this magical new audio play is underpinned with research about sleep behaviors in children and families.

Sweet Dreams will be shared with families and schools online, and will be accompanied by three podcasts for parents, children and teachers focusing on the theme of sleep. The release date will be announced very soon. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation,

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact tutti frutti by emailing sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk.

Creative Team

Christella Litras

Christella Litras

Christella Litras is a songwriter, musicians, composer, vocal arranger, record produce, creative support officer-(Leeds Playhouse) and founding member of Caution Collective. Christella has a strong interest in World music, is heavily interested in Caribbean music and is known for her collaborations and tours with World Musicians, such as Ella Andall and Motown legends, such as Martha Reeves. She assisted in the production of Rob Green’s album Blue which was 3rd in the ITunes RnB Charts. Recently she was comissioned to compose the musical score for Windrush: Movement of the People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, which celebrated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and the Caribbean residents that traveled to the UK. A protégée of Geraldine Connor she is heavily involved in the Geraldine Connor foundation contributing to many successful projects.
Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice is Acting Head of Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art. Her research is at the intersection of experimental design and social sciences, focusing on the design of digital storytelling, games and play on a range of platforms for children such as apps, augmented and virtual reality, as well as new content for television.
Heather Elphick

Heather Elphick

Heather is Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. Having trained at Alder Hey and Melbourne Children’s Hospitals, Heather now leads the sleep service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, managing a comprehensive range of sleep conditions including complex sleep apnoea and narcolepsy. She was awarded the position of Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014, in recognition of her collaborative work in research and innovation.

Heather is passionate about improving sleep for children and parents and studying the mechanisms linking sleep with mental health and wellbeing. In her spare time she loves to play her clarinet in the Sheffield and Amaretti Chamber orchestras, as well as to walk and cycle with her family.

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.

Polly Thomas

Polly Thomas

Polly Thomas is an award winning audio drama director and producer, with a track record in theatre and short film. Polly worked in house for BBC Radio Drama in Manchester for 10 years and has been freelance since 2008.

She specialises in new, bold dramatisations and original work for BBC Radio 3 and 4; her other work includes exec producer of Sound Stage, a new audio digital platform for Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre, in association with Naked Productions; producer of 24 Hours of Peace, a 24 hour non stop audio and stage performance piece by Neil Bartlett, for Royal Exchange Theatre, Resonance FM and Thomas Carter Projects; facilitating Experimental Stories, science meets radio drama workshops for Wellcome Trust/BBC Radio 4; curating Hunger for Trade, a global theatre project, for Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester; directing Hidden Stories by Anjum Malik, community tour for Cartwheel Arts and shows in Dubai.

Ruth Kingshott

Ruth Kingshott

Paediatric Sleep Physiologist

After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from Edinburgh University, Ruth stayed on to undertake a PhD in Sleep Disorders and their effect on daytime function. Her career then took her to New Zealand to conduct further sleep research. She finally settled in Sheffield in 2002 where she works as a Paediatric Sleep Physiologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Ruth enjoys running and loves getting out exploring the Peak District with her family.

Vicki Dawson

Vicki Dawson

Vicki is the CEO and Founder of The Children’s Sleep Charity. She set up the charity to support children to get a good night’s sleep so that they can meet their full potential. The charity has won a number of national awards and regularly appears in the media. Vicki is on the Board of British Paediatric Sleep Association and was awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative for Outstanding Leadership.

Prior to setting up the charity Vicki worked as a teacher in various roles across Yorkshire. She lives in Doncaster with her husband Nick, two sons Joe and Daniel and their various pets!

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

Bay Bryan

Bay Bryan

Bay Bryan is a performance artist based in Manchester originally hailing from the small town of Golden, Colorado (USA). Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow (2012) Bay has worked across the industry as an actor, singer, musician, dancer and composer.

Recently he co-composed the music to a new family musical called "The Not So Ugly Sisters," a Wrongsemble, Redladder and Leeds Playhouse production, which was set to open in April 2020 but has been postponed due to covid-19. You can find out more about what he's been up to via his website www.baybryan.co.uk.
Hannah Victoria

Hannah Victoria

Hannah Victoria is delighted once again to be working with tutti frutti productions, after landing the role of Ivy in Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny.

Hannah’s theatrical performances include Gerda in Snow Queen and shortly after joined The Little Mix Tribute Show. She has recently just finished the UK and international tour of Madagascar The Musical as Gloria The Hippo.

Whilst in training she was cast as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act and Crystal Gordon in Bad Girls, The Musical. Hannah graduated from Edge Hill University in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. She would like to thank her family for their support and encouragement. Twitter @HannahVictor1a.