Look out for our nine wonderful digital stories written and created by global majority* and/or disabled artists. Over the next four months, join us to discover some fabulous children’s books that shine a spotlight on these lovely illustrated stories and talented creatives.
We launched the series on Friday 19 February with Clean Up written by Nathan Bryon and with joyful illustrations by Dapo Adeola. Followed by Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen, Amazing by Steve Antony, If All The World Were by Joseph Coelho, So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury, Billy and the Dragon by Nadia Shireen, and Look Up by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeolam which are all available to watch now. Next month, on the 31st of May, we will release the next performed reading of My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain & Ella Bailey.
My Monster and Me is a touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It’s there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?
Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.
Nearly every week we will be releasing a new story, suitable for children aged 3+, for schools to watch in class and families to watch at home. Sign up below for free access to the stories. You only need to sign up once to receive links and a password for the whole series of stories, which can be viewed anytime until 30 June 2021.
All the stories and their release dates:
- Clean Up by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola – Friday 19 Feb
- Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen – Friday 5 March
- Amazing by Steve Antony – Friday 12 March
- If All The World Were by Joseph Coelho – Friday 19 March
- So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury – Wednesday 31 March
- Billy and the Dragon by Nadia Shireen – Wednesday 7 April
- Look Up by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola – Tuesday 13 April
- My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain & Ella Bailey – Monday 31 May
- Nimesh the Adventurer by Ranjit Singh & Mehrdokht Amini – Wednesday 2 June
Also, watch and join in the craft activity at the end of each story and share with us on social media (@tuttifruttiprod) or email (Sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk) your wonderful creations, this will also enter you into our prize draw to win a copy of the book!
Funded by The CAF Resilience Fund, ACE, and Leeds Libraries, and So Much funded by The Mohn Westlake Arts Fund.
*Those who are ethnically and culturally diverse, and who experience racism in our society.
Director/Performer- Billy and the Beast
Originally training as a dancer, Chipo graduated from the Urdang Academy and went on to choreograph music videos and tour with London based chamber rock band Chrome Hoof. She then went onto develop her skill set as an actor and has since gained credits include Liberian Girl- Royal Court, Fingertips – Clean Break, Ariel in The Tempest at the Waterloo East Theatre and ‘Jade’ in her one woman Edinburgh Fringe debut, So What if I Dance. Rapunzel was her first national tour and she was delighted to be working with tutti frutti on this piece.www.castingcallpro.com/uk/actor/profile/chipo-kureya
Daryl Beeton is a Director and Performer who has worked extensively within the Theatre, Disability and young people’s arts sector for the last 25 years. In 2018 he combine the different strands of his creative work into one company, Daryl Beeton Productions.
Daryl uses a variety of ambitious, imaginative and unorthodox approaches in creating and presenting relevant playful productions for families and young audiences which are presented in theatres, outdoor spaces and places where young audiences spend their free time.
Director- So Much
Dermot has written, directed and/or produced short narrative films, promo spots and music videos; directed and acted as dramaturge on theatre plays; lectured and directed at drama schools; performed across media.
He is currently an Associate Artist of Freedom Studios and a Creative Associate of the Geraldine Connor Foundation.
Composer- Billy and the Dragon and Nimesh the AdventurerEunseog Lee is a composer based in Guildford, Surrey. He graduated from King’s College London before studying composition at the University of Oxford. Since then, he has worked on projects across the UK and beyond, ranging from works for the concert stage to scoring for film. His music draws from a number of influences, including folk literature, East Asian cultures and his Christian faith. His recent work includes a collaborative performance combining Western and traditional Korean instruments as part of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ scheme, and a commission by ORA Singers to write a piece reflecting on an artwork from Tate Modern.
Performer- Minesh the Adventurer
John trained at Bretton Hall.
Professional Theatre includes: Dystopia 987 featuring Skepta (Manchester International Festival 2019) Macbeth (Tara Arts); East is East (Bolton Octagon); Emil and the Detectives (Red Earth Theatre); Sonya’s Garden (M6 Theatre Company); Fly Away Peter (Action Transport Theatre); The Garden of Dreams (Live Theatre); Beneath the Banyan Tree (Theatre Hullabaloo); Merlin and the Enchanted Mirror (Lawrence Batley Theatre); Guards at the Taj (Vienna Theatre Project); Land of Lights (Oily Cart) Luna (Theatre Iolo/Northern Stage) and in lockdown a recorded reading of A Christmas Carol (Bolton Octagon).
Radio includes Colin the Asylum Seeker, Car Washed Lovers and No Big Difference, all for BBC Radio.
Television and film include Coronation Street (ITV), Moving On (BBC) & Love, Lies and Records (BBC).
Director- AmazingJohn is the tenth recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic. He has just directed the world premiere of Mugabe, My Dad and Me by Tonderai Munyevu for Audible.com. Most of his directing credits have been on intense, modern classics such as Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (York Theatre Royal), Talking Heads (co-directed with James Brining and Amy Leach for Leeds Playhouse) and Winter (Young Vic). He has also worked on large scale musicals and festivals of new work for young people. For the past two years he has been an Associate Director on NT Connections. He trained at Bretton Hall College and on the National Theatre Directors Course. Trusteeships include: Middle Child, Stephen Joseph Theatre and Stage Directors UK.
Performer- So Much
Lladel Bryant has enjoyed over 10 years in the industry performing as an actor. He has recently begun to write and direct short form content using his experiences as a Father, Husband, Brother and Son. Lladel’s theatre credits include Nine Lives, Road, Europe, A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas for Leeds Playhouse, Shed Crew and Bittersweet Sunshine for Red Ladder Theatre Company, Carnival Chronicles for Leeds West Indian Carnival & Committee Concrete Jungle for Manchester Fringe Festival. His screen credits include DCI Banks, the soon to be release Intergalactic and the 00’s CBBC cult classic game show The Raven’s Tournament.
Lladel also has recently embarked on a journey of creative social change. In which he aims to use his experience as an actor and certified speaker to Entertaining, Educating & Empower young people, Actors and Entrepreneurs, to strive for greatness in all areas of their lives. Through his impromptu #freestylemonologues which he produces and shares on his Social Media, YouTube & Website www.lladelbryant.com.
Craft Activity Designer- Billy and the Beast and Billy and the Dragon
I am a Leeds based community artist and qualitied art teacher with over 25 years of experience working in the Creative Sector in Adult Education and with young people in Alternative Education Provision.
I did my formal Education at Jacob Kramer and Leeds Metropolitan University where I studied Contemporary Fine Art Painting. My personal artwork is figurative, and I mainly paint in oils, inspired by music and my Cultural Heritage. I have artworks in private and public collections and continue to exhibit my artworks and teach PT time as well as freelance.
Composer- If All The World WereNaomi Perera is a performer specialising in contemporary flutes. She has lived across China, Sri Lanka and Spain and this sense of adventure directly translates into her music, with her performance characterised by risk and improvisatory flair. She is passionate about cross disciplinary collaboration and the exploration of alternative performance formats.
Director/Editor- Clean Up
I a ﬁlmmaker from Yorkshire that seeks to challenge societal norms with an emphasis on my Nigerian heritage and Black British identity.
I have been commissioned by BBC, BFI and BBC drama to make short films around topics that I am passionate about. I have also worked extensively with artists, writers and performers across the country, documenting their craft and creating visual art pieces that have been shown as part of art exhibitions.
Craft Activity Designer- Amazing and My Monster and Me
Nikki Charlesworth is a Theatre Designer, Puppeteer and Workshop Facilitator from Nottingham. She has worked at the fore-front of disability-lead theatre making, primarily working in Children’s Theatre and its outreach and engagement work. In 2019 she toured with Extraordinary Bodies' production of Splash!, an outdoor multi-sensory circus and puppetry production for children and their families, and has also led arts, drama and puppetry workshops representing Graeae Theatre Company and The Mighty Creatives.
Composer- Clean UpAn award-winning storyteller in her own right, NikNak devoted to developing her unique practice as a DJ & Turntablist, sound artist/composer, producer, tutor, sound engineer and radio presenter. She is also a strong advocate for diverse representation in the music industry, especially within the DJ and music production realms, and musician wellbeing/mental health. Based in the UK, you’ll find NikNak digging for vinyl or comic books, gigging in and around Leeds, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills, and running/curating events such as "Dub Sirens" and "Melanin". Photo by Kirsty Garland.
Performer- My Monster and Me
A Yorkshire born lad from Leeds, Reece trained up north at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He has recently had the pleasure of working with The Spark Arts for Children in the audio drama 'The Girl of Ink and Stars'. Reece has also recently been involved with 'The Riot Act', who are in the process of making a few projects for schools, one of which explores developing a positive and optimistic outlook for a return to normal life post-Coronavirus.
Performer- Clean UpRiana is an actor from Bradford, and works largely in theatres in the North. Her performances in productions for families and children include ‘Cinderella: A Fairytale’ at The Dukes Lancaster, ‘Crumble’s Search for Christmas’ at Leeds Playhouse, a national tour of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Tabby McTat’, and a series of plays for Bradford Literature Festival with Wrongsemble. She has previously worked with tutti frutti on their Live Little Stories in ‘Rapunzel’, directed by Elvi Piper of Wrongsemble. On screen, she has appeared as a presenter for a series of BBC Bitesize English films, as well as in ‘Emmerdale’ and Slung Low’s film ‘The Good Book.’
Editor- Billy and the Beast and Billy and the Dragon
Young Harare born and raised in London, Director of Photography and Editor, with a love for filmmaking and a vast portfolio ranging from corporate work to fashion and beauty work with clients such as GHD, HSBC Superdrug, and more.
Craft Activity Designer- So Much and Look UpI'm an illustrator and workshop facilitator. My freelance practice mainly consists of editorial illustrations, comics, album covers and murals. I'm inspired by people, play, psychology, social justice and observational storytelling. I enjoy making abstract metaphors with a combination of handrawn/digital methods I also run the schools and family programme at Turf Projects, a local gallery and arts space in Croydon.
I am a producer, director, editor and the Founder of Four Wheel Drive Productions, a film production company that focuses on creating films about disability representation and inclusion.
I studied a Film and Television Master’s degree at the University of Bristol, where my love and passion for documentary filmmaking started to blossom.
I joined the tutti frutti team in February 2021 to assist the team by editing the story time film, which features the book called Amazing, written by Steve Anthony and read by Daryl Beeton.
Composer- Billy and the Beast
I first discovered theatre in London at the Royal Court’s Activists Youth Theatre, and my first composer job was for Manchester Youth Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.My recent work includes: Much Ado About Nothing for New English Shakespeare Company at The Dubai Opera House; The Panto That Nearly Never Was - Theatr Clwyd; Sonnet Sunday, Henry IV pt 1, pt2 and Henry V - Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; The Whip – Royal Shakespeare Company; Pulse - Bamboozle; Red Dust Road - National Theatre of Scotland; Snow White - The Wrong Crowd, My Voice Was Heard - Red Ladder; Bouncers - The Royal Court Liverpool; Love Unspoken – Spare Tyre/Queen’s Hornchurch, and The World According To Grandpa for Grandpa Productions/Channel 5 Milkshake.
Craft Activity Designer- Clean Up
Assistant DesignerA Miniature Model-Maker with a focus on sets for Theatre, Film, TV and Commercials. Of my own initiative over the past few years, I have self-taught many of the necessary skills for design and model making. I am furthering my personal development within Prop Making & Set Decorating. Currently I am freelancing as a Craft Creator for Tutti Frutti and I am a mentee on Set Access: A UK Film Talent Development Programme from Creative Access & Guy Ritchie.