Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny

16th May 2020 to 21st Jun 2020

Available to tour from 16th May to 21st June 2020

tutti frutti presents a one hour show for all sleepyheads aged 3+ and their families. Perfect for weekend, half term and twilight family shows or for school performances.

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…..

 

When I go to bed at night,

I tuck myself in very tight,

Dream catchers and stars sparkle bright,

Fears and worries now out of sight,

Soon my sweet dreams dance in the cool moonlight.

 

Sweet Dreams is a new play about the wonders and benefits of sleep. If you can’t sleep, won’t sleep or love sleep there is something in this show for you. With sublime music and beautiful design, tutti frutti invites you to their new show made of dreams.

Working with partners; The Children’s Sleep Charity and Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust this magical new show is underpinned with research about sleep behaviours in children and families. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Room to Grow.

To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk.

For more details about working with us please see our Venues or Schools sections.

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.
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.
David Sappa

David Sappa

David Sappa is an experimental sound designer whose work ranges from acousmatic compositions, interactive installations, free improvisation, sound walks to sensory playground design. David has had music played on the BBC, Birp FM, composed for the Financial Times, and produced podcasts for the Upside and On the Record. His most recent research and body of work is concerned with how the physicality of sound can be used to treat the distressing effects of trauma, using vibrations through sound objects to bring people back into their bodies. David is currently completing his MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.
Dimitris Menexopoulos

Dimitris Menexopoulos

Dimitris Menexopoulos (a.k.a. Menex) is a versatile composer, sound designer, audio technologist and multi-instrumentalist from Thessaloniki, Greece. Having an academic background in Geoscience, Electronic Production and Design, he often draws elements from a wide spectrum in the fields of Art and Science to carry out his work. He has two solo albums under his name (Phenomena - 2014, Perpetuum Mobile - 2017), a virtual reality video game score (The Village - 2019) and various performances internationally. His collaborations include electronic musician Robert Rich (Vestiges - 2016), director Shekhar Kapur (Brides of the Well - 2018) and film composer George Kallis (Cliffs of Freedom - 2019) among others. He is currently based in London, UK.
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.

Izabela Duszenko

Izabela Duszenko

Izabela Duszenko is a masters student studying Information Experience Design within the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art, where we transform information and scientific research into experiences. Her current interests lie in how we communicate and interact with the inanimate world.

Her background is in Product Design, where during her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Sussex she developed a set of educational construction toys to introduce children to the beauty of the underwater world and its species through play, to create empathy and understanding of their environment with the aim of preventing future pollution from entering our seas.
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.

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.

Sandrine Monin

Sandrine Monin

After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Lyon (France), Sandrine pursued her studies in Germany as part of the European programme D.A.N.C.E and graduated from Palucca Hochschule Dresden with a Masters Degree.

As professional dancer, she worked with varied choreographers and performed for renowned companies (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Phoenix Dance Theatre) around Europe and the UK.

In parallel of her performing career, she has developed her own choreographic work, creating works on companies, youth groups and music video as well as teaching classes and workshops. She is now based in Leeds, working as a freelance dance artist and choreographer.

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

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

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a Nottingham based freelance Stage Manager. Kirsty has four years of professional experience within the theatre industry spreading out across the UK. Kirsty graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management. Since then she has toured with multiple different children shows including “The Boy Who Bit Picasso”, “Getting dressed” and more recently Red Earth Theatre’s “Mirror,Mirror”. Kirsty is currently deputy stage manager for The Reps “DNA”, and has worked on multiple tutti frutti shows such as "Keepy Uppy", and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".