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 30 minute audio 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 behaviours in children and families.

Sweet Dreams will be shared with families and schools online and with hospitals through our partners. The play will be accompanied by three podcasts, one for parents, one for children and one for teachers focusing on the theme and importance 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.
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.

Helen Rutherford

Helen Rutherford

Helen Rutherford is a trained Specialist Sleep Practitioner, has worked with children with additional needs for over 30 years and is a Family Liaison Officer for a special educational needs school in Worcestershire. She managed the Local Authority Portage Service for 12 years before becoming a sleep practitioner and trainer.

Helen has been lead practitioner on a number of projects including NHS England funded ‘Sleep Support for Children with Autism’ (that went on to win a National award for The Children’s Sleep Charity) and Sleep Support for children with ADHD funded by BBC Children in Need.

Helen trains both parents and professionals.

When not working, Helen is a busy mum to four free-spirited children, an avid Dragonboat racing enthusiast, runner and stand-up paddle boarder.

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.

Professor Colin A Espie

Professor Colin A Espie

BSc, MAppSci, PhD, DSc(Med), CPsychol, CSci, FBPsS, FRSM, FAASM

Colin is the Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford (https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/team/colin-espie), where he is Director of the Experimental & Clinical Sleep Medicine research programme, and Clinical Director of Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine (https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/study-with-us/graduate-students/online-programme-in-sleep-medicine). He is also an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, at the University of Glasgow. He is internationally known for his work on insomnia and its treatment, using cognitive behavioural therapeutics (CBTx). He has published over 300 scientific papers and several textbooks. He is Deputy Editor of Journal of Sleep Research, serves on the editorial board of Sleep Medicine Reviews, and was awarded Honorary Fellow of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) in 2015, and the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award by the Sleep Research Society in 2017. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Colin is actively involved in print, TV and social media regarding the science of sleep (twitter.com/ProfEspie). He also co-founded https://www.bighealth.com/ the developer of SleepioTM which is now widely available in the NHS-UK and in the US healthcare system.
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!

Zoe Salmon

Zoe Salmon

The Sleep Charity Ambassador and Podcast Presenter

Zoe Salmon is the award winning Television Presenter who hails from Bangor, Northern Ireland. Zoe qualified as a lawyer but then landed one of the most coveted jobs on TV as a presenter on the BAFTA Award winning BBC’s Blue Peter, the world’s longest running children’s television show, making her a household name.

Zoe’s most recent role supporting The Sleep Charity seeks to raise awareness of the importance of sleep and its impact on our health. From speaking at the Palace of Westminster to filming with fellow Sleep Ambassador Shaun the Sheep, Zoe hopes we can all better understand that sleep matters for physical, mental and emotional health, and that The Sleep Charity is given the support it needs to help our nation’s sleep.
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.