Underneath a Magical Moon by Mike Kenny

24th Feb 2019 to 16th Apr 2019

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, like no other, has magic in the air……

tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal teamed up with leading playwright Mike Kenny to re-imagine the enchanting story of Peter Pan as told by Wendy. Wendy Darling who 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.

Come with us as 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.

tutti frutti enraptures its young audience with a wonderful and warm piece of theatre- The Stage



Reviews & Quotes

  1. It encouraged the quieter children to talk more, as they were excited to have been to the theatre and the subject matter was engaging and funny. It was great to hear the children so animated! Knavesmire Primary School

  2. Thank you for a very magical show- a great introduction for theatre for my child- keep going!! Audience member

  3. I’m still glowing from the magical spell cast by Mike Kenny’s re-imagining of Peter Pan presented by tutti frutti. Pocklington Post

  4. The play’s message to children that imagination can help transcend any situation and any anything can happen under a magical moon is heartening. Predictable domesticity ebbs away, albeit for a dreamy hour. Very appealing. Audience member

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
24th Feb 2019
- 1st Mar 2019
The Smith Center
Las Vegas, Nevada www.thesmithcenter.com
5th Mar 2019
Popejoy Hall
University of New Mexico, Alburqurque http://popejoypresents.com/
7th Mar 2019
Parker Arts
Culture & Events Center, Parker, Colorado http://parkerarts.org/  
11th Mar 2019
- 16 Mar 2019
Des Moines Performing Arts
Stoner Theatre, Des Moines, Iowa https://desmoinesperformingarts.org/  
19th Mar 2019
Overture Center for the Arts
Madison, Wisconsin http://www.overture.org/
22nd Mar 2019
Raritan Valley Community College Theatre
Branchburg, New Jersey http://www.rvccarts.org/
24th Mar 2019
- 25 March 2019
Flushing Town Hall
29th Mar 2019
Lutcher Theater
Orange, Texas www.lutcher.org

1st Apr 2019
- 2nd Apr 2019
Walton Arts Center
Fayetteville, Arkansas https://waltonartscenter.org/
7th Apr 2019
Darke County Center for the Arts
8th Apr 2019
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
10th Apr 2019
Temple Theatre Foundation
Saginaw, Michigan http://templetheatre.com/
13th Apr 2019
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Buckness University, Lewisburgh Pensylvania https://www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter
14th Apr 2019
- 16 Apr 2019
Kingsborough Community College

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

Credits - ’12 Miles from Nowhere’ (Karen Simpson/Action Transport Theatre), ‘Wishee Washee’ in Aladdin (Buxton Opera House) ‘Grandson’ in Michael Morpurgo’s FarmBoy (Colchester Mercury/Polka Theatre), 'King John' in King John (CreamFaced Loons) 'Simple Simon' in Jack and the Beanstalk (Imagine Theatre) and 'Potty Pierre' in Beauty and the Beast (Jordan Productions)

Danny has been a part of the ‘Tutti Frutti’ family before, enjoying national and international tours of ‘Rapunzel’ in 2015, 'Ugly Duckling' in 2017, ‘Keepy Uppy’ in 2018 and 'Underneath a Magical Moon' in 2019.

Creative Director of 'SquadFour Productions' in Manchester - an independent film company specialising in short films, promotional footage and actor's portfolio material.
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.