Sweet Dreams by Mike Kenny

15th May 2021 to 26th Jun 2021

tutti frutti presents a one hour show for all sleepyheads aged 3+ and their families

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 show for you. With sublime music, songs and beautiful design, tutti frutti invites you to their new show made of dreams.

Tutti frutti has dreamed up this new play about the wonders and benefits of sleep with partners The Sleep Charity and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. This magical new show is underpinned with research about sleep behaviours in children and families and there is helpful information available after every show. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.






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.

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
15th May 2021
10.00; 1.00
Leeds Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Leeds LS2 7UP To book tickets: 0113 213 7700 https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/
16th May 2021
1.00; 3.30
Gala Theatre
1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA To book tickets: 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk
17th May 2021
Closed schools performance
19th May 2021
Pickering Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
20th May 2021
Burley St Matthias CE Primary School
Closed school performance
22nd May 2021
The Spark Arts for Children
Beeston Library, Nottingham
23rd May 2021
11.30; 2.30
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF To book tickets: 0161 912 5616 watersidearts.org  
31st May 2021
11.00; 2.00
The Montgomery, Sheffield
Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LG To book tickets: 0114 249 6000
Visiting family information is here.
1st Jun 2021
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
3rd Jun 2021
12.00; 2.30
Yvonne Arnaud

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

4th Jun 2021
The Spark Arts for Children
The Acorn Theatre, Worksop and Mansfield Central Library
5th Jun 2021
1.00; 3.00
Canada Water Culture Space

Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR  To book tickets: 0207 525 2931 www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

6th Jun 2021
The Spark Arts for Children
Southwell Library and West Bridgford Library, Nottingham
9th Jun 2021
Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School
Closed school performance
10th Jun 2021
Seven Artspace
Closed performance
12th Jun 2021
The Curve, Slough
William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY To book tickets: 01753 875533 http://www.thecurveslough.com/home/
13th Jun 2021
11.00; 2.00
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.
16th Jun 2021
Parklands Primary
Closed school performance
19th Jun 2021
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG To book tickets: 01273 464440 www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk
22nd Jun 2021
Moortown Primary
Closed school performance
23rd Jun 2021
Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre
Closed performance
24th Jun 2021
Bracken Edge Primary School
Closed schools performance
25th Jun 2021
-26 Jun 2021
The Big Malarkey Festival

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, 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.

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".