Underneath a Magical Moon by Mike Kenny

6th Oct 2016 to 31st Dec 2017

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,   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

A sparkling new production with exquisite music, enthralling movement and a sprinkle of tutti frutti magic for children 3+ and their families to enjoy

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

All performances in October are supported by Get Creative Family Arts Festival

See our Pinterest board for more images and inspiration behind the show!


To book

For fees and to discuss availability, please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk.

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

 

 

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Reviews & Quotes

  1. Underneath A Magical Moon really was a delight, the boys loved it, and I’m sure many of the children who see it will be inspired to go home, pull out old sheets and buckets and create their own pirate ships, Wendy houses and anything else their imagination can conjure up. thebrickcastle.com

  2. Once again, tutti frutti prove that there is no limit to magic and imagination. A great family show for children 3+. franklymydear.co.uk

  3. The amazing cast of three multi-talented performers kept ALL the children (and grown-ups!) in the audience completely mesmerised for pretty much the full 60-minute show. Treacle Mums

  4. …a sparkly kaleidoscope of expertly-choreographed movement, joyous action routines and absolutely corking songs. What’s all the more impressive is that this is achieved with a cast of just three, each one of whom – Grace Lancaster, Jack Brett and Chris Draper – gives it their all and deserves a tip of the (green felt) hat. Northern Soul 5 Stars

  5. tutti frutti’s latest production brings the Peter Pan story down to earth and up-to-date: you don’t need flying wires and special effects for an adventure, magic can be made anywhere. Children’s Theatre Reviews

  6. This is magical, musical, moonlit theatre. York Press

  7. …a glorious, riotous and sunny hour’s entertainment aided greatly by Wendy Harris’s inventive direction, a versatile cast (take a bow Grace Lancaster, Jack Brett and Chris Draper), Kate Bunce’s adaptable setting and composer Ivan Stott’s jolly songs. Yorkshire Post

  8. Grace Lancaster talks to York Press about playing Wendy in Underneath a Magical Moon

  9. The JM Barrie spin-off proves a glorious, riotous and tuneful hour’s entertainment, aided greatly by Wendy Harris’s inventive direction, a versatile cast (take a bow Grace Lancaster, Jack Brett and Chris Draper), Kate Bunce’s adaptable setting and composer Ivan Stott’s jolly songs. The Northern Echo

  10. The children’s favourite is brought thrillingly up to date with a string of fairy lights, a handful of glitter and a healthy dose of imagination. The Guardian

  11. Every aspect of Underneath a Magical Moon has been lovingly crafted with the utmost care, and I have no doubt that the show will delight children and adults in equal measure. British Theatre Guide

  12. The musical ability between the three of them was stunning, playing different instruments, like a saxophone, banjo and clarinet; this blew me out of the water and made an amazing show even better. Fairy Powered Productions

  13. Artistic Director Wendy Harris and Grace Lancaster who plays Wendy talk to Vale Radio about Magical Moon

  14. Mike Kenny talks to Big Issue North about Peter Pan, Neverland and writing Magical Moon for modern day children

  15. VIDEO: Railway Children’s writer Mike Kenny launches Underneath A Magical Moon

  16. Playwright Mike Kenny on retelling the story of the boy who never grew up. Yorkshire Life

  17. Mike Kenny talks to the Yorkshire Post about writing for children and Underneath a Magical Moon

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
6th Oct 2016
- 22nd Oct 2016
York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre
St Leonard's Pl, York YO1 7HD To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
16th Oct 2016
1.00; 3.30
Ilkley Literature Festival
To book tickets: 01943 816714
www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
23rd Oct 2016
1.00; 3.00
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD To book tickets: 0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk
24th Oct 2016
2.00
The Berry Theatre
The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Hampshire SO30 4EJ To book tickets: 023 8065 2333
Visiting family information is here.
www.theberrytheatre.co.uk
25th Oct 2016
11.00; 2.00
The New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AS  To book tickets: 01473 295900 Visiting family information is here. http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/
26th Oct 2016
- 27th Oct 2016
Albany Theatre
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG To book tickets: 020 8692 4446
www.thealbany.org.uk
29th Oct 2016
2.00; 4.00
Junction
Paradise Place, Goole, DN14 5DL  To book tickets: 01405 763652  www.junctiongoole.co.uk
30th Oct 2016
11.30; 2.30
Arts at Stowe
Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH To book tickets: 01280 825710
www.stowe.co.uk
31st Oct 2016
10.30; 1.45
Middleton Primary School
Closed school performance
1st Nov 2016
10.00
Kirkstall Valley Primary School
Closed school performance
2nd Nov 2016
10.30; 1.30
Beechwood Primary School
Closed school booking
3rd Nov 2016
10.45; 1.30
Paddock Junior Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
5th Nov 2016
11.00; 2.00
Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL  To book tickets: 020 8741 6850  www.lyric.co.uk

6th Nov 2016
12.00; 3.00
Jackson's Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA To book tickets: 020 8341 4421
www.jacksonslane.org.uk

7th Nov 2016
- 8th Nov 2016
Redbridge Drama Centre
London Borough of Redbridge, Churchfields, South Woodford, London E18 2RB  To book tickets: 0208 708 8803
Visiting family information is here.
www.redbridgedramacentre.co.uk
10th Nov 2016
4.00
Friends of Sheepscombe Primary, Air in G
Sheepscombe County Primary School, Far End Cottages, Far End, GL6 7RL Click To Book
11th Nov 2016
- 12th Nov 2016
Half Moon

43 White Horse Road, London, E1 0ND  To book tickets: 020 7709 8900  www.halfmoon.org.uk

21st Nov 2016
10.20; 1.20
Shine
Closed schools performance
22nd Nov 2016
Thornton Dale Primary School
Closed school performance
24th Nov 2016
10.30; 1.30
Otley Courthouse

Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN  To book tickets: 01943 467216  www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

25th Nov 2016
5.15
Sixpenny Handley Village Hall
Common Rd, Sixpenny Handley SP5 5NJ To book tickets: 07751 525200 http://www.artsreach.co.uk
26th Nov 2016
11.30; 3.00
Stratford Circus

Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX  To book tickets: 0844 357 2625  www.stratford-circus.com

27th Nov 2016
11.00; 2.00
artsdepot

5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA  To book tickets: 0208 369 5454  www.artsdepot.co.uk

30th Nov 2016
10.30; 1.45
New Moston Primary School
Closed school performance
1st Dec 2016
10.30; 1.30
Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe
Closed school performance
2nd Dec 2016
10.30; 2.00
Tintwistle Primary School
Closed school performance
3rd Dec 2016
2.00
Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE  To book tickets: 01970 623232  www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/

4th Dec 2016
3.30
Huntley Village Hall, Air in G
North Rd, Huntley, Gloucester, GL19 3DU
6th Dec 2016
- 7th Dec 2016
Theatr Clwyd
Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA  To book tickets: 01352 701521 www.theatrclwyd.com/en
8th Dec 2016
- 31st Dec 2016
Waterside Arts Centre
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF  To book tickets: 0161 912 5616
www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

Rainy Day Activities

Downloadable Magical Moon programme and follow the path fun!

Downloadable Magical Moon programme and follow the path fun!

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Underneath a Magical Moon: The Story

Underneath a Magical Moon: The Story

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Make your own Magical Moon playdough

Make your own Magical Moon playdough

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Make a Moon phase mobile

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Build a den for an indoor sleep out!

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Schools Activities

Underneath a Magical Moon: The story

Underneath a Magical Moon: The story

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Activities to do with your class after the show

Activities to do with your class after the show

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Moon template for craft activity

Moon template for craft activity

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Make a den for storytelling

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Make a Magical Moon Mobile

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

Ivan Stott

Ivan Stott

Ivan has worked professionally in Theatre for 24 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 the Co Artistic Director of Hiccup Theatre, an Associate Company at Farnham Maltings making work for young audiences which tours the UK.

Other companies Ivan has worked for include The West Yorkshire Playhouse, tutti frutti Productions, 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 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 currently enjoying designing their current show ‘Wild’ . Kate’s other work this year includes designing Michael Rosen ‘Happy Harry’s café - Birdnest Theatre Company for Polka Theatre and Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Why the Whales came’ for Wizard Presents. Kate is also looking forward to designing Mike Kenny’s ‘Magical Moon’ for Tutti Frutti for Autumn 2016.

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

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. In 2000, he was Arts Council England’s first recipient of The Children’s Award for Playwriting for Children and Young People.

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 also 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.

His plays encompass a broad range, including traditional tales reimagined with a modern twist, original plays for family audiences, and adaptations of classic and contemporary fiction. Mike’s recent productions include an adaptation of Jeff Brown's FLAT STANLEY for Engine House Theatre; THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA for tuttifrutti; BAG DANCING for Blah BlahBlah; IN FOG AND FALLING SNOW (with Bridget Foreman) for York Theatre Royal and an adaptation of Clive King's STIG OF THE DUMP for London Contemporary Theatre.

Upcoming productions and commissions include PARTITION for Blah, Blah, Blah and Yellowcat Theatre in India; THE MESSENGER for Barnstorm Theatre Company; a new adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for Derby Theatre; and SING & LOUDER SING for 509 Arts. Mike's version of the Pied Piper story, FOLLOW ME, will premiere as a Welsh tour in spring 2017 and his libretto for the opera THE GENTLE GIANT based on the story by Michael Morpurgo will be performed by Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre during autumn 2016.

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.

Touring Team

Calum Clark

Calum Clark

Technical Stage Manager adventuring with tutti frutti for the first 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.

Chris Draper

Chris Draper

Chris Draper trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and was the recipient of the 'Peter Coxhead Memorial Scholarship'.

His credits include Gran/Dragon in 'Katie and the Mona Lisa' (Pleasance One, Edinburgh Fringe), Male Swing in 'The Dreamers' (St James Theatre), Gusteau/Ensemble in 'Ratatouille' (Musical Concept Recording), Various at Brick Lane Music Hall, Dick in 'Charming Dick' at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and has recently returned from Dubai having performed in the cast of 'Beauty and the Beast' (UAE Tour).

Grace Lancaster

Grace Lancaster

Grace has just graduated from Rose Bruford's Actor Musicianship course.

Credits whilst training include: Little Sally in Urinetown, Anya in The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet in Hamlet, Ensemble in Run (a collaboration with Theatre Ad Infinitum).

Grace is also a professional musician and has performed up and down the country with the New York Brass Band. Grace is delighted to be making her professional theatrical debut with tutti frutti and is especially excited to perform in York, her hometown! She would also like to thank her family and agent for their constant support.

Jack Brett

Jack Brett

Jack is a 2016 graduate from the Guildford School of Acting. Credits whilst training include Mike in How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Melchior in Spring Awakening and Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. He recently appeared in Hookhitch Theatre's My Friend Peter.

Jack is very excited about his first flight to NeverLand.