WiLd! by Evan Placey

30th Apr 2016 to 21st Jan 2017

presented by tutti frutti

A story of a boy

Running, jumping, no time for sleeping, A boy with a big imagination

Playing, diving, can’t be stopping, A boy who feels lonely.

Imagining, dreaming, better than schooling

A boy who loves the outdoors.

Leaping, soaring, no space for listening

A boy they call WiLd!

Writers Guild award-winning writer Evan Placey teamed up with tutti frutti and CANDAL at Nottingham University to create this fantastic one person show that unravels the story of a wayward yet fragile and misunderstood boy living within his untamed imagination.

A brilliant, clever, cheeky new play celebrating all things ‘wild’ with a fabulous sound track, live music and fresh moves.

Wild! was selected for the 39th annual IPAY International Showcase, which was held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA from  January 18-21, 2017. 

For more information please contact tutti frutti on 0113 388 0027 or sophie@tutti-frutti.org.uk. 

 


For video’s of our work please see our YouTube channel.

 

“WiLd is that rare event – a genuine theatrical “must see” ★ ★ ★ ★★ The Yorkshire Post

The major plaudits go to Rhys Warrington for a terrific performance that ticks all the boxes. ★ ★ ★ ★ The Reviews Hub

Once again tutti frutti have brought a delightful, thought provoking education to the stage – Yorkshire Times

It’s vividly brought to life by Rhys Warrington in a very physical performance.  ★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage

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Reviews & Quotes

  1. Thanks to the triumvirate of Placey, Harris and Warrington, you will leave WiLD! feeling children’s theatre is a powerful medium for greater understanding and tolerance, for children and adults alike. York Press

  2. Ain’t misbehavin’ as Tutti Frutti’s new play WiLd! sees hyperactivity disorder through child’s eyes. A preview from York Press

  3. Frankly My Dear UK talk with tutti frutti Artistic Director Wendy Harris about their new play WiLd!

  4. Once again, tutti frutti has produced a piece of new writing that sensitively and intelligently taps into the issues actually concerning and affecting its audience. Children’s Theatre Reviews

  5. “WiLd is that rare event – a genuine theatrical “must see”. Yorkshire Post 5 stars

  6. ‘Once again tutti frutti have brought a delightful, thought provoking education to the stage. It is educational, certainly, but not in the least preachy and well worth an hour of your time. Highly recommended’ Yorkshire Times

  7. ‘Wendy Harris directs a production full of energy and imagination. Kate Bunce’s designs make much of the bee motif, with a backcloth of honeycombs and a beehive centre-stage….However, the major plaudits go to Rhys Warrington for a terrific performance that ticks all the boxes.’ thereviewshub.com

  8. ‘Music and movement combine in an energetic and sympathetic character study of a boy with ADHD’ (4 stars) The Stage

  9. Director Wendy Harris talks to Nick Ahad of the Yorkshire Post about WiLd!

  10. Tutti Frutti to explore hyperactvity disorder in Evan Placey’s new children’s show WiLd! Preview from York Press

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
30th Apr 2016
2.00; 7.00
The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD To book tickets: 0113 376 0318 Visiting family information is here. www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
4th May 2016
Seacroft Grange Primary School
Closed schools performance
5th May 2016
Christ The King Catholic Primary School
Closed schools performance
7th May 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
9th May 2016
Shine
Closed schools performance
13th May 2016
1.30; 4.30
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY  To book tickets: 01429 890 000

14th May 2016
11.00; 2.00
The Lichfield Garrick
Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR  To book tickets: 01543 412121
Visiting family information is here.
http://www.lichfieldgarrick.com/
15th May 2016
3.00
Watermans
40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS  To book tickets: 020 8232 1010
Visiting family information is here.
www.watermans.org.uk
16th May 2016
Talbot Primary School, Leeds
Closed schools performance
28th May 2016
11.30; 2.30
Waterside Arts Centre
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF  To book tickets: 0161 912 5616
www.watersideartscentre.co.uk
31st May 2016
11.00; 2.00
South Hill Park
Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA  To book tickets: 01344 484123
www.southhillpark.org.uk
5th Jun 2016
tbc
Under 1 Roof
Unit 9, The iO Centre, Skeffington Street, Royal Arsenal Riverside, London, SE18 6SR Visiting family information is here. www.under1roofkids.com
8th Jun 2016
Greenmount Primary School
Closed schools performance
11th Jun 2016
5.00
Gulbenkian Theatre
University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB To book tickets: 01227 769075
Visiting family information is here.
http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/
12th Jun 2016
2.00
Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL To book tickets: 01823 283 244 www.thebrewhouse.net
15th Jun 2016
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
16th Jun 2016
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
17th Jun 2016
1.30; 7.00
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
18th Jun 2016
11.00; 1.30
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
23rd Jun 2016
Square Chapel
10 Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG  To book tickets: 01422 349422
Visiting family information is here.
www.squarechapel.co.uk
24th Jun 2016
4.00, 6.15
Holmfirth Arts Festival
The Old Bridge Hotel, Market Walk, Holmfirth, HD9 7DA
www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

25th Jun 2016
1.00; 4.00
Pegasus Theatre
Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE  To book tickets: 01865 812 150 
Visiting family information is here.
http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/
26th Jun 2016
2.30
The Atkinson
Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB  To book tickets: 01704 533333
Visiting family information is here.
www.theatkinson.co.uk
29th Jun 2016
10.30; 1.30
Riverhead Theatre
Victoria Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 0BX To book tickets: 01507 600350
www.louthplaygoers.co.uk
2nd Jul 2016
2.00
Park and Dare
Station Rd, Treorchy, CF42 6NL To book tickets: 0800 014 7111
Visiting family information is here.
parkdare.rct-arts.org
3rd Jul 2016
12.00, 5.00
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY To book tickets: visit Hebden Bridge Town Hall Box Office or book via the website.
Visiting family information is here.
hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk
8th Jul 2016
12.00, 2.00
Ennis Street Festival
Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland To book tickets: 065 6893966 ennisstreetfestival.com
9th Jul 2016
12.00, 2.00
Ennis Street Festival
Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland To book tickets: 065 6893966 ennisstreetfestival.com
10th Jul 2016
3.00
Lakeside Arts
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD To book tickets: 0115 846 7777
www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Rainy Day Activities

Bee-n there and back again

Bee-n there and back again

Storyboard Billy's journey to see his Dad's bees.

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Looking for bees in everyday words

Looking for bees in everyday words

WiLd! wordsearch

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Notes for parents

Notes for parents

Resources about ADHD for parents and carers

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Thoughts running WiLd!

Thoughts running WiLd!

Can you control your mind?

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WiLd! Windchimes

WiLd! Windchimes

Make a WiLd! windchime.

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Schools Activities

Notes for teachers

Notes for teachers

Resources about ADHD for teachers.

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Activities to do straight after the play

Activities to do straight after the play

A selection of activities to do with your class after seeing WiLd!

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Further explorations

Further explorations

Carry on activities to do with your class after seeing WiLd!

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Creative Team

Dominic Sales

Dominic Sales

Dom loves writing music, playing music, recording music and listening to music. As a boy he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, singing everyday for five years and sometimes making records and being on the TV. Later he went on to play lots of jazz and was a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year. Then Dom went to university to learn more about music and since then has been lucky enough to be able to pay the bills just by doing something musical. He has written music for lots of different people -from Atomic Kitten to Opera North and the BBC to a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies. His music has been played on national television and radio and in theatres throughout Europe. Dom is Director/Producer for the record label Jellymould Jazz and also plays the triangle.

www.dominicsales.co.uk
Evan Placey

Evan Placey

Evan is a Canadian-British playwright who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London, England. He recently won the Writers’ Guild Award – Best Play for Young Audiences for his play Girls Like That (Synergy Theatre/Unicorn Theatre; first produced Birmingham Rep/Theatre Royal Plymouth/West Yorkshire Playhouse.) A new play for NYT’s West End Season will premiere in October this year, and his play Scarberia will be produced in Toronto in 2016. His other plays include: Pronoun (National Theatre Connections); Mother of Him (Courtyard Theatre, London; winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing (UK), RBC National Playwriting Competition (Canada) and the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest (USA).); Banana Boys (Hampstead Theatre); How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre); Scan Artists (BRIT school/ Yard Theatre); Little Criminals (York /Plymouth/Polka) and Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre Project, schools tour & Unicorn Theatre; winner of the Brian Way Award 2012 for Best Play for Young People.) For radio: Mother of Him (BBC Radio 3 “The Wire”/Little Brother Productions).

Evan has been on attachment at the National Theatre Studio, Birmingham Rep, the Unicorn Theatre, and is a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He was part of the Kudos/Bush Writers’ Initiative, Channel 4’s 4Screenwriting, and was a finalist for the Red Planet Prize. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He also teaches playwriting to young people for various theatres, as well as in prisons.

www.theagency.co.uk/the-clients/evan-placey
Joanne Bernard

Joanne Bernard

Joanne trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. She then worked with Kokuma dance company in Birmingham which enabled her to work with some of the best African and Caribbean tutors, Koffi Koko, Peter Badejo, H pattern and Patsy Ricketts to name a few. She has 18 years performance experience working for a variety of companies including Ace Dance and Music (contemporary/African fusion), Foot in hand (disabled and able bodied dancers) and tutti frutti (children’s theatre). Joanne went on to become movement director with Red Earth Theatre based in Derby for 5 productions and then returned to tutti frutti as a choreographer for their autumn show Silly Billy and has been with the company ever since.

Joanne has been a rehearsal director since 2004 working with companies such as State of Emergency and Rosie Kay with who she was rehearsal director for four seasons between 2005 and 2010. She was rehearsal director for Tavaziva dance during the critically acclaimed 2004 production ‘Bophelo’ in which the company toured to Zimbabwe as part of the Harare International Arts Festival. She returned to Tavaziva as rehearsal director for ‘Tavaziva Ten’ in autumn 2014.

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.

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

Elliot Clark

Elliot Clark

Elliot has been involved in professional theatre for almost fifteen years and has worked as a Company Stage Manager in London’s West End as well as touring across the UK, Italy and America in Stage Management roles. He has worked on Musicals, Plays, Fringe Theatre and Opera but after spending the Autumn running the Sheffield Crucible’s 40th Birthday fortnight Celebration of five separate productions, Company Stage Managing Panto and spending Jan/Feb Production Managing a London musical production Elliot is delighted to be back, working where his passion lies, children's theatre.
Molly Lopresti

Molly Lopresti

Molly Lopresti is a percussionist from Devon. Currently studying in her last year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has performed and worked with artists such as Julian Lloyd Webber, ensemble Bash and Joanna MacGregor. In 2012 she reached the

televised percussion final of the BBC Young Musician of The Year. Molly had a marimba concerto written for her by percussionist Damien Harron (2012) and was percussion soloist for the premier of Steve Marsh’s ‘Gothic Suite’ in Italy (2013). In the same year Molly was a speaker / performer at TEDx conference at Warwick Arts Centre

Molly spends a great deal of time playing in a female percussion duo called Malleticious. They have performed at festivals such as Port Elliot Music Festival and Festival No 6 as well as being the support act for the band British Sea Power.

In February this year Molly was the percussionist for the six week production of Yarico, produced by Jodie Kidd and performed in The London Theatre Workshop. She is interested in a diverse range of music and in collaborating with a variety of artists, both for recording albums and for live shows. Molly recently performed as part of a quartet in the British premier of Earle Brown’s ‘Calder Piece’ with Alexander Calder’s sculpture ‘Chef D’orchestre’ at Tate Modern in London. The ensemble then performed live on In Tune for BBC 3 Radio 3.
Rhys Warrington

Rhys Warrington

Rhys graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) on the BA Acting course.

His professional credits include 'Christmas Songbook' (Dirty Protest) 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Pontardawe Arts Centre/Welsh Tour) 'Pop' (Theatre 503) 'Antigone' (GradCo) ‘Recreation’ (Arcola / PlayWROUGHT) ‘How The Other Half Loves’ (Torch Theatre) ‘Praxis Makes Perfect’ (NTW) and ‘Great Expectations’ (Vaudeville Theatre / West End).