Underneath a Magical Moon by Mike Kenny

17th Feb 2020 to 23rd Feb 2020

tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal present

Underneath a Magical Moon

by Mike Kenny

A reimagining of Peter Pan as told by Wendy Darling


Through her open window Wendy Darling gazes out at the night sky dreaming of blue lagoons, magical moons and the stories that she can tell.

But tonight has magic in the air ……

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal re-imagine the enchanting story of Peter Pan as told by Wendy, with a little bit of help from leading British playwright Mike Kenny.

Wendy Darling is the owner of stories, mother to the lost boys, a believer in fairies, and a young girl with her feet firmly on the ground.

We invite you to fly into a fantastical world of adventure, where time stands still and the impossible seems possible and if you close your eyes and believe, then you really can make anything happen. This sparkling production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic is for children 3+ and their families to enjoy


Reviews & Quotes

  1. I’m still glowing from the magical spell cast by Mike Kenny’s reimagining of Peter Pan presented by Tutti Frutti– Pocklington Post

  2. This was a very fun and beautiful production. One of the BEST I have seen and programmed!- Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, USA

  3. This is one of the best productions I’ve taken my students to see. I hope we bring them back! Completely engaged the whole time, and extremely gifted performers! WOW!!- School Teacher

  4. The show was truly magical and the performers are top notch! The songs, the set, the acting, the music, the dancing and playing of instruments were so beautifully done. We’d love to have them back- Parker Arts, USA

Creative Team

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 include: Open clasp Theatre Company ‘Key Change’ (Best of Edinburgh Award, Fringe 2015), and Take Off Festival Scratch artist 2015.

Ivan Stott

Ivan Stott

Ivan has worked professionally in Theatre for 30 years as a Composer, Musician, MD, Sound Designer, Actor and Workshop Facilitator. He has created work for children and young people with some of the best children's companies and theatres across the UK and is recognised as a leading artist in this field. He is also Artistic Director of Hiccup Theatre, a small scale Company making work for young audiences which tours the UK.

Ivan has worked for Derby Theatre, National Children's Theatre of South Africa, The Young Vic, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Octagon Bolton, Graeae, Polka Children's Theatre, Pilot Theatre Company, Contact, Theatre Centre, Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Dundee Rep, York Theatre Royal, and Red Ladder amongst many others. International projects include Visiting Grandad (Japan) 2002 and Musician in Residence at the Phalsbourg Festival (France) 1997. Ivan trained with Gypsy Musicians and ran workshops in Bucharest and Baccau (Romania) in 1993 and composed and sound designed the first European tour of John Godber's Teechers in 1992.

Ivan’s TV work includes Over to the East (Channel 4) BUG (BBC1 Millennium Eve) and for BBC Radio 4, Ivan composed the music for Wimmy Road and the Sony Award Nominated Blast.

Kate Bunce

Kate Bunce

Kate has designed shows for The New Vic, Birmingham Rep, MAC, Pentabus, Birmingham Symphony Hall, BAC, Polka Theatre and Northampton Royal and Derngate with whom she has designed several large multi-sensory interactive installation plays for young audiences.

Kate designed Michael Morpurgo’s ‘I believe in Unicorns’ for ‘Wizard Presents’. The show premiered at Edinburgh Festival and following a national tour enjoyed great success in the West End 2014/15.

Kate has recently worked with Tutti Frutti designing the ‘SnowChild’ and 'Wild’.

Kate has also worked as a Design lecturer for The Royal College of Art, Central School of Speech and Drama and held prop and assistant design roles for The National theatre, BBC, RSC and Almeida. She trained at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design - MA Scenography and a first class BA Hons in Theatre Design.

Kate lives in St Albans with her partner Jon and two children.

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.

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

Alice McKenna

Alice McKenna

Alice trained at the Performance Preparation Academy, Graduated 2017. Credits whilst training include: Ensemble in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (PPA), Queen in THE LIFE (PPA) and Whatsername in AMERICAN IDIOT (PPA). Other credits include: Lead singer/keys in SENSATION- MUSIC OF THE WHO (Concert / Bandwagon Productions), Distressed Girl in DERREN BROWN'S GHOST TRAIN - PROJECT LOUD (Multi-Media / Figment Productions), Model/Distressed Woman in WHITE
Calum Clark

Calum Clark

Technical Stage Manager adventuring with tutti frutti for the second time. Other recent escapades include Slung Low's Fairy Portal Camp (RSC), The White Whale (Leeds Dock), 59 Minutes To Save Christmas (Sheffield Theatres) and Emergency Story Penguin (UK Tour).

Calum was the company stage manager for Prime Theatre/Bolton Octagon's 2016 tour of The Macbeth Curse by Terry Deary and has toured extensively with Red Ladder and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds.

He is a graduate in Fine Art from Staffordshire University and co-founder of street theatre troupe Artemis Productions UK, Liverpool.

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.

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.