Ugly Duckling by Emma Reeves

15th Oct 2017 to 31st Dec 2018

tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present

Ugly Duckling

by Emma Reeves

A one hour show for children aged 3+ and their families. Perfect for weekend, half term and twilight family shows or for school performances.

Available to tour from Sunday 15 October – Sunday 31 December 2017

Woodland trees transform from dark weathered branches, to silver sticks of frost, while hidden in brushwood, beside an ice-covered lake, a lost rejected duckling stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty….

Moving through all 4 seasons, tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale.

With a menagerie of mean farmyard animals, depicted through inventive physicality, and with live music that quacks and trills, this charming production plays with ideas of identity, a sense of belonging and the journey to discover inner beauty.

To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or

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

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
28th Sep 2017
- 14th Oct 2017
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
15th Oct 2017
1.00; 3.30
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
21st Oct 2017
11.00; 2.00
The Montgomery, Sheffield
Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LG To book tickets: 0114 249 6000
Visiting family information is here.  
22nd Oct 2017
The Civic, Barnsley
Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ To book tickets: 01226 327 000
23rd Oct 2017
- 24th Oct 2017
The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD To book tickets: 0113 376 0318
Visiting family information is here.
25th Oct 2017
South Holland Centre
23 Market Pl, Spalding PE11 1SS To book tickets: 01775 764777
Visiting family information is here.
27th Oct 2017
11.30; 2.30
Rheged Centre
Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DQ To book tickets: 01768 868000
Visiting family information is here.
29th Oct 2017
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
4th Nov 2017
11.30; 2.30
Arts at Stowe
Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH To book tickets: 01280 825710
5th Nov 2017
11.30; 4.30
Cambridge Junction
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX  To book tickets: 01223 511511
15th Nov 2017
- 17th Nov 2017
Theatr Clwyd
Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA  To book tickets: 01352 701521
18th Nov 2017
Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL  To book tickets: 01405 763652
19th Nov 2017
1.00; 3.30
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD To book tickets: 0115 846 7777
22nd Nov 2017
Paddock Junior Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
26th Nov 2017
12.00; 3.00
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421

4th Dec 2017
- 31 Dec 2017
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446

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.
Emma Reeves

Emma Reeves

Emma’s stage work includes the Olivier-nominated adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather, The Snow Child, Carrie’s War, Little Women and Cool Hand Luke. TV work includes The Worst Witch (Lead Writer) Eve (Lead Writer and co-creator) The Dumping Ground, Young Dracula, Tracy Beaker Returns, Belonging, The Murder of Princess Diana, Spirit Warriors and Doctors. She has won Best Children’s TV Episode at The Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards twice, and been nominated on two other occasions. Her work has won a national RTS award, an RTS Scotland award, been nominated for two BAFTA awards and two Broadcast awards.
Holly Irving

Holly Irving

Holly is an experienced performer, teacher and movement director. Holly has always been passionate about how dance and theatre can be used to educate, inspire, rehabilitate as well as entertain a diverse range of audiences.

After graduating from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance Holly sought to use her skills to promote the amazing possibilities in dance. She went on to work in hospitals, prisons, secure training units, specialist school and with refugees and migrants. Some of Holly’s credits: Open clasp Theatre Company ‘Key Change’ (Best of Edinburgh Award, Fringe 2015), Take of Festival Scratch artist 2015.

Tayo Akinbode

Tayo Akinbode

Tayo Akinbode is a UK based composer with Nigerian origins. He has pursued a successful career in theatre for over 20 years, regularly composing for M6 Theatre Company, RSC, the Globe, the Royal Exchange as well as Singapore Repertory Company.

He has also composed for a range of BBC Radio and Granada TV productions such as The Listening Project and Flying Vets. He has previously worked with tutti frutti on My Place.
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.