Ugly Duckling by Emma Reeves

1st Dec 2022 to 8th Apr 2023

tutti frutti productions presents

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.

Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen!

In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently for Mummy’s enormous egg to hatch.  But their new brother doesn’t look like everyone else. He doesn’t even quack like a proper duckling!

Teased and called Ugly by his siblings, our hero goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. As the woodland trees change from dark weathered branches to silver sticks of frost, the lost and lonely fledgling hides in brushwood and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty…. Where does he really belong?

Moving through all four seasons, tutti frutti brings to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale. With a menagerie of mischievous animals, depicted through inventive physicality, and live music that quacks and trills, this charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes us on a journey to discover inner beauty.

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Reviews & Quotes

  1. What a beautiful show. Thank you for capturing our imaginations. Audience member

  2. What a wonderful show! A super way to explore being true to yourself in a way this is comprehendible to little ones. So important. Loved it! Audience member

  3. Ugly Duckling is colourful, fun, engaging, inspiring and well worth a watch. York Mumbler

  4. This is an inspired piece of storytelling. The Reviews Hub

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
1st Dec 2022
- 31st Dec 2022
Derby Theatre
15, Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF To book tickets: 01332 593939 www.derbytheatre.co.uk
12th Jan 2023
- 13th Jan 2023
Tilles Center for Perf Arts, Long Island University, New York
13th Jan 2023
10.00; 12.00
State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick NJ
15th Jan 2023
- 17th Jan 2023
Valentine Theatre, Toledo Cult Arts Theatre, Toledo OH
20th Jan 2023
- 21st Jan 2023
Passant Theatre, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan
24th Jan 2023
10.00; 2.00
Marathon Center for Performing Arts, Findlay OH
28th Jan 2023
11.00; 1.30
The Tarkington, The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel, Indiana
30th Jan 2023
- 3rd Feb 2023
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee
6th Feb 2023
- 10th Feb 2023
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
14th Feb 2023
Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar, Florida
17th Feb 2023
The Clayton Center, Clayton, North Carolina
19th Feb 2023
2.00
Darke County Center for the Arts
22nd Feb 2023
9.30; 12.00
Macomb Center for Perf Arts, Warren MI
24th Feb 2023
10.30; 12.30
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois, Springfield IL
28th Feb 2023
The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston TX
1st Mar 2023
9.30; 11.30
Lutcher Theater, Orange TX
3rd Mar 2023
10.00; 1.00
Kathleen C Cailloux Theater, Kerrville TX
8th Mar 2023
- 9th Mar 2023
Yavapai College Performing Arts Centre, Prescott AZ
15th Mar 2023
- 19th Mar 2023
Segerstrom Center for Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
27th Mar 2023
- 1st Apr 2023
Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines IO
4th Apr 2023
10.30; 12.30
Lutcher Theater, Orange TX
7th Apr 2023
- 8th Apr 2023
Portland Ovations, Portland Maine

Schools Activities

Ugly Duckling Teacher's Information

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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

Music Director

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.
Dora Rubinstein

Dora Rubinstein

Dora trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Credits include Cinderella (Cast, Doncaster), Digital Ghost Hunt (York Theatre Royal), Peter Pan, Aladdin (The Dukes, Lancaster), The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Square Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (The Young Shakespeare Company), The Ballad of Robin Hood (Southwark Playhouse). She also performs and teaches circus skills such as contortion and acrobatics, and is currently developing an interactive circus/theatre show for families in partnership with Dance City, Newcastle. Dora lives in York and is very happy to be spending Christmas at Castle Howard!
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.

www.davidhigham.co.uk/filmclients/emma-reeves
Music Composer- Tayo Akinbode

Music Composer- Tayo Akinbode

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.
Nick Ash

Nick Ash

Nick is an award winning puppet & mask maker and has a varied career in film, TV, and theatre. In 2006, he co-founded the award-winning Scratch Built Productions, creating imaginative new shows which include Baby Boomers, Knight Time, How to be a Hero and The Three Sillies. Nick has also designed and built puppets and masks for Shakespeare’s Globe (Dream Space), Polka (The Gorilla, Under the Rainbow,Charlie and Lola and Sarah and Duck), Royal and Derngate (His Dark Materials), Pied Piper (Robin’s Winter Adventure and Burglar Bill) Time Won’t Wait (That’s the way to do it) and Proteus Theatre Company (Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Sophia and the Snail, Rapunzel and Little Red and the Wolves). This year Nick has just finished a full scale T Rex puppet for Illyria theatre company's production of the Lost World.
Rebecca Constable

Rebecca Constable

In 2018 I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first-class BA (HONS) in Theatre Design. Since then I have won the 2018 Nottingham Playhouse Prize, nominated for Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019 and previously won Nottingham’s Young Creative of the year award 2016, which lead to the publication of my book; Impact.

I am passionate about design for performance and have gained valuable industry experience working as a designer for the Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, along with a designer/maker for The Lakeside Theatre Nottingham, Freedom Studios and the 2017 Connections festival. I have also worked as a scenic artist with TV Workshop and Production Park.

Portfolio: https://www.rebeccaconstable.com/

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

Danny Childs

Danny Childs

Danny graduated from ALRA:North in 2013 where he was nominated to represent the school in a ‘Laurence Olivier Award’ bursary. Starting life as an actor with a rural UK tour of ’12 Miles from Nowhere’ (Karen Simpson/Action Transport Theatre), Danny then moved onto roles as ‘Wishee Washee’ (Buxton Opera House) and ‘Grandson’ in Michael Morpurgo’s ‘FarmBoy’ (Colchester Mercury).

Danny has been a part of the ‘Tutti Frutti’ family before, enjoying a national and international tour of ‘Rapunzel’ back in 2015, 'Ugly Duckling' in 2017 and ‘Keepy Uppy’ in 2018.

Danny and his colleague Matt are establishing their names as filmmakers back in Manchester, specialising in promotional footage, actors portfolio material and short films. They have already enjoyed an official selection award for their short film ‘FEUD’ earlier this year despite only celebrating a 1 year birthday of their company SquadFour Productions recently. Follow their progress online at www.squadfourproductions.co.uk.

Dora Rubinstein

Dora Rubinstein

Dora trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Credits include Cinderella (Cast, Doncaster), Digital Ghost Hunt (York Theatre Royal), Peter Pan, Aladdin (The Dukes, Lancaster), The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Square Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth (The Young Shakespeare Company), The Ballad of Robin Hood (Southwark Playhouse). She also performs and teaches circus skills such as contortion and acrobatics, and is currently developing an interactive circus/theatre show for families in partnership with Dance City, Newcastle. Dora lives in York and is very happy to be spending Christmas at Castle Howard!
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".
Marcelo Cervone

Marcelo Cervone

Theatre credits include: Understudy in Sunny Afternoon (ATG UK Tour); Action to the Word's Dracula (Latitude Festival & Arts Theatre); Mowgli in The Jungle Book (S4K International Tour).

Training: American Musical Theatre Academy of London (AMTA); BA in Performing Arts from Anglia Ruskin University.