When We Lived in Uncle’s Hat

30th Sep 2010 to 5th Dec 2010

This is a play about… how walls don’t make a house,
And doors don’t make a house.

It’s a play about how a family makes a house. And it doesn’t matter where you live – whether it’s an up house or a down house, or an outhouse or a townhouse – who you live with is the important bit.

This delightfully illustrated children’s book was brought to life on stage by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal. With live music throughout, the merry band of actor-musicians gave it an energy and wondrous beauty that took you to the house with the blue light, round the brim of uncle’s hat and over the moon, all in search of that most magical place – a home.

When We Lived In Uncle’s Hat by Peter Stamm and Jutta Bauer
adapted for stage by Finnegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Wendy Harris
Designed by Alison Heffernan
Choreography by Ruth Tyson-Jones
Music by Dominic Sales

When We Lived in Uncle’s Hat toured venues, village halls and schools until Sunday 5 December 2010.  A co-production with York Theatre Royal.  Suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.

Reviews & Quotes

  1. Featured as one of the ‘Ten best events’ in The Independent 25 September – 1 October 2010

  2. … very quick witted, exciting and acted very well by the entire cast.  A good family play, with some excellent musicianship.  A fun show for all the family.  The Public Reviews.com

  3. Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s magical story When We Lived in Uncle’s Hat transfers to the stage with rather more ease than any house move.  The Press

  4. …an award winning play from an award winning book. Holderness Gazette

  5. Aimed at Children, while being smart and strange enough to please adult audiences… The hour’s running time just rockets past. The Stage

  6. Leeds-based tutti frutti has a reputation as one of the most inspired ensembles specialising in work for the very young children (and their parents, who are royally entertained into the bargain).  [They] paint simple pictures with light, sound, and imagination that provide a perfect introduction to the wonders of live theatre.  The Guardian