The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Mike Kenny

26th Sep 2013 to 11th Feb 2014

tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

by Mike Kenny

For children aged 3+ and their families

Winter is coming, the trees are bare, the birds fly south, and the sheep are flocking, seeking shelter from the wind.
As the falling snow flurries to the ground wolf footprints can be seen padded into the hard ground…….

But standing on the hill top a boy is watching his sheep.
He is bored, seeking adventure, and looking for the next best thing!
A boy tasked to keep his community safe but with a vivid imagination.
A boy who makes up stories and craves the thrill of the unknown
A boy who, unthinkingly, unknowingly…………. Cried WOLF!

A beautiful new wintery tale about a boy, unable to find delight in what is around him and instead seeks adventure, excitement and the thrill of the unknown!  Inspired by the famous Aesop fable this wonderful play has a gifted ensemble of actor musicians who play the delightful characters, funny sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two……

Director – Wendy Harris
Writer – Mike Kenny
Composer – Dominic Sales
Movement – TC Howard
Design – Kelly Jago
The touring team will comprise 3 actor/musicians and a stage manager.
Learning Resources for schools and Rainy Day activities for families together with images and a trailer will be available here from September.
Limited dates are available to book.  For further information, please see How to book a show or contact Alison Povey, Tour Manager, on 0113 388 0027 or
Image by Jacky Fleming


Reviews & Quotes

  1. The three cast members performed the key roles of Silas, his mother and grandfather very well but for me, the sheep stole the show! Sporting woolly hats and a cheeky wiggle, they conveyed an apathy to Silas’ sheep-herding efforts and a strong dislike of the cold.

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
26th Sep 2013
- 12 October 2013
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD
To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
13th Oct 2013
1.30; 4.00
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
16th Oct 2013
10.30; 1.30
Closed schools performance
17th Oct 2013
10.30; 1.40
Harewood Infant School, Tuffley

Closed performance for the school.

18th Oct 2013
11.00; 1.00
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850

19th Oct 2013
11.00; 1.00
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850

20th Oct 2013
11.00; 2.30
Wolds Words Festival

The Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth, LN11 0BX  To book tickets: 01507 600350

26th Oct 2013
Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL  To book tickets: 01405 763652
27th Oct 2013
Customs House

Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES  To book tickets: 0191 454 1234

29th Oct 2013
11.30; 2.30
Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL To book tickets: 01642 525199
31st Oct 2013
Burnley Youth Theatre

Queens Park Road, Burnley, BB10 3LB  To book tickets: 01282 458655

2nd Nov 2013
11.00; 1.30
The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre

Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9JG  To book tickets: 0161 282 9776

3rd Nov 2013
The Atkinson
Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB  
To book tickets: 01704 533333
Visiting family information is here.
6th Nov 2013
11.00; 1.30
The Forum
Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
To book tickets:01609 776230
7th Nov 2013
10.30; 1.30
Arts Centre Washington

Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB  To book tickets: 0191 219 3455

9th Nov 2013
11.30; 2.00
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP  To book tickets: 0121 236 4455

10th Nov 2013
11.30; 2.30
Cambridge Junction
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX  To book tickets: 01223 511511
19th Nov 2013
1.00; 4.00
Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre

Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA  To book tickets: 0113 220 8008

20th Nov 2013
10.30; 1.30
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG 
To book tickets: 01422 349422
Visiting family information is here.
23rd Nov 2013
11.00; 2.00
Half Moon

43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND  To book tickets: 020 7709 8900

24th Nov 2013
1.30; 3.00
Pavilion Dance

Overlooking Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU  To book tickets: 01202 203630

25th Nov 2013
- 28th Nov 2013
North East Lincolnshire Schools

Closed performances for Schools in Grimsby

30th Nov 2013
11.00; 2.00
Lawrence Batley Theatre (lbt)

Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP  To book tickets: 01484 430528

2nd Dec 2013
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

3rd Dec 2013
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

3rd Dec 2013
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

4th Dec 2013
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

5th Dec 2013
Siamsa Tire Theatre

Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland  To book tickets: 00 353 66 7123055

7th Dec 2013
11.00; 2.00
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY  To book tickets: 01429 890 000

10th Dec 2013
- 04th Jan 2014, 11.00; 1.30
Sheffield Theatres Crucible Studio

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA  To book tickets: 0114 249 6000

23rd Jan 2014
- 9 Feb 2014

Touring to Hong Kong and Singapore

Creative Team

Dominic Sales

Dominic Sales

Dom loves writing music, playing music, recording music and listening to music. As a boy he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, singing everyday for five years and sometimes making records and being on the TV. Later he went on to play lots of jazz and was a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Then Dom went to university to learn more about music and since then has been lucky enough to be able to pay the bills just by doing something musical. He has written music for lots of different people -from Atomic Kitten to Opera North and the BBC to a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies. His music has been played on national television and radio and in theatres throughout Europe. Dom is Director/Producer for the record label Jellymould Jazz and also plays the triangle.
Kelly Jago

Kelly Jago

Kelly Jago is a Bristol based freelance theatre designer and maker. She loves to design worlds that hold many secrets, slowly revealed as the story unfolds. Kelly has designed sets, costumes and props for a varied range of productions, particularly enjoying working on theatre for young audiences, new writing and devised theatre.

Her recent designs credits include Over worlds and Underworlds with Leeds Canvas, Bittersweet Sunshine with Red Grit, Promised Land with Red Ladder, The Edge of the Unknown with A Quiet Word,  Looking for the Rainbow with Big Window Theatre Company,  Brassed Off,  Under Milk Wood and Not Much Matches Mansfield at the Mansfield Palace, Terror Season at the Southwark Playhouse and Pericles at York Theatre Royal.

Kelly co-founded a new theatre company called 'Gin & Swing'. Their first devised show Take Cover!  had its debut performed as a walk about piece at The Secret Garden Party Festival 2013. Gin & Swing's work combines puppetry, swing dance and theatre to tell the stories of characters from the 1920's, 30's and 40s.

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.

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

Sally Ann Staunton

Sally Ann Staunton

Having appeared in the original production of the ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ for Tutti Frutti where the company got to perform at the most wonderful of venues all over the country and the world Sally has been no stranger to playing an animal or two. Born and bred in Cumbria Sally trained in Lancashire before performing in wonderful productions with Interplay Theatre in Spit Nolan, This Land, Precious Bane, Harold and Maude, Tarzanne.’ She then jumped on an aeroplane to perform an array of children’s touring shows flying to America, Canada and Alaska with Tall Stories in “The Gruffalo’s Child.” As well as flying through the air as Wendy in Derby Theatre’s production of ‘Peter Pan’ , appearing in Slunglow’s BBC televised production of ‘Flood,’ Sally can most recently be heard in Spark Arts audio drama as Isabella in ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars.’