Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine by Brendan Murray

18th May 2019 to 13th Jul 2019

tutti frutti productions present

Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine

by Brendan Murray

A one hour show for children aged 3+ and their families. Perfect for weekend, half term and twilight family shows or for school performances.

Available to tour from Saturday 18 May – Saturday 13 July 2019

 

Yoshi and Hani are as different as chalk is to cheese:

One big, one small

One noisy, one quiet

Side by side they play by the blue sea, run through the green fields and dance in the yellow sunshine. But one day the sky turns grey and everything starts to change…

Will the sun ever come out again?

 

Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine is a charming new play about two friends who learn to communicate about their feelings. Award winning writer Brendan Murray collaborates with tutti frutti again to bring you a show full of beautiful multi-coloured delights, for children to think about, be inspired by and enjoy.

This is a BSL (British Sign Language) integrated show, for both deaf and hearing audiences to enjoy. There are three actors in the piece who tell the story of two friends: Yoshi (who communicates through BSL), Hani (who communicates though spoken word), and Kite/Magpie (who communicates through dance).

 

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. Where this production succeeds is in its seamless integration of the British Sign Language that Yoshi uses throughout. It’s a lesson in how accessibility can be embedded in the creative process, as well as how – with minimal fuss or fanfare – children can be introduced to different forms of communication. The Guardian

  2. The children’s play is imaginatively projected in a way that there is something for everyone to learn and think whether one is a child or an adult. Fairy Powered Productions

  3. The simple and heart-warming show – written mainly for children aged 3-11 – tells the story of two children (Hani and Yoshi), their meeting, friendship, and falling out, and finally their reconciliation. Above all else, the show explores the emotions of the characters through this journey – but as you’d expect, for a play aspiring to be highly accessible, in very visual ways. South Leeds Life

  4. It’s an hour’s jolly fun for all, but also emotionally enabling for its very young target audience. The Reviews Hub

  5. Fittingly for a play about the importance of effective communication, Yellow Is the Colour of Sunshine seamlessly fuses music, movement, sign language and the spoken word to convey the characters’ emotions. The Stage

Tour Dates

Date & Time Venue Address
18th May 2019
11.00; 2.00
The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD To book tickets: 0113 376 0318 Visiting family information is here. www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
21st May 2019
Clifton Green Primary School
Closed school performance
22nd May 2019
Lawns Park Primary School
Closed school performance
23rd May 2019
Burley St Matthias CE Primary School
Closed school performance
24th May 2019
Shine
Closed schools performance
28th May 2019
11.30; 2.30
Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Trinity St, Stalybridge SK15 2BN
29th May 2019
11.00; 2.00
Birdhouse Theatre Festival
31st May 2019
11.00
The Grand
18 York St, Clitheroe BB7 2DL To book tickets: 01200 421599 www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
2nd Jun 2019
11.00; 2.30
Motus Dance Festival
Milton Keynes www.motusdance.co.uk
12th Jun 2019
St Andrew's C of E Primary School
Closed school performance
13th Jun 2019
Seven Artspace
Closed performance
14th Jun 2019
Pickering Infant and Nursery School
Closed school performance
15th Jun 2019
11.00; 2.30
The Old Town Hall
High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE To book tickets: 01442 228091 https://www.oldtownhall.co.uk/
16th Jun 2019
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
Visiting family information is here.
19th Jun 2019
- 22nd Jun 2019
York Theatre Royal
St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Visiting family information is here.
www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
24th Jun 2019
Stannington Infant School
Closed school performance
25th Jun 2019
Swarcliffe Primary School
Closed school performance
26th Jun 2019
10.30; 1.00
The Big Malarkey Festival
27th Jun 2019
Morley Newlands Academy
Closed school performance
2nd Jul 2019
Thorpe Primary School
Closed school performance
6th Jul 2019
11.00; 2.00
The Curve, Slough
William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY To book tickets: 01753 875533 http://www.thecurveslough.com/home/
8th Jul 2019
Spalding Parish Church of England Day School
Closed school performance
9th Jul 2019
Hillcrest Academy
Closed performance for the school
10th Jul 2019
Ryecroft Academy
Closed school performance
11th Jul 2019
Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School
Closed school performance
13th Jul 2019
11.30; 2.30
Waterside
Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF To book tickets: 0161 912 5616 watersidearts.org  
14th Jul 2019
11.00
Henley Festival

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Creative Team

Brendan Murray

Brendan Murray

Following a degree in Drama at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Brendan trained as an actor at Drama Studio London before working in regional repertory, theatre for young people, commercial touring, fringe and television.

In 1997 Brendan was awarded an Arts Council Bursary and nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Children's Play and was runner-up for the John Whiting Award in 2000. In 2001 he won The Brian Way Award and in 2009 The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children & Young People. He was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow at King's College Hospital (2002-03) and Artistic Director of Oxfordshire (Touring) Theatre Company from 2003 to 2008.

Like the good northerner he is, he lives in Brighton.

www.brendanmurray.co.uk
Christella Litras

Christella Litras

Christella Litras is a songwriter, musicians, composer, vocal arranger, record produce, creative support officer-(Leeds Playhouse) and founding member of Caution Collective. Christella has a strong interest in World music, is heavily interested in Caribbean music and is known for her collaborations and tours with World Musicians, such as Ella Andall and Motown legends, such as Martha Reeves. She assisted in the production of Rob Green’s album Blue which was 3rd in the ITunes RnB Charts. Recently she was comissioned to compose the musical score for Windrush: Movement of the People by Phoenix Dance Theatre, which celebrated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and the Caribbean residents that traveled to the UK. A protégée of Geraldine Connor she is heavily involved in the Geraldine Connor foundation contributing to many successful projects.
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.

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

Connor Bryson

Connor Bryson

Connor graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018, part of the inaugural class of the BA Performance in British Sign Language and English. Since then, he has been a BSL advisor for the hit BBC Comedy Two Doors Down, working with Joy McAvoy and Sophie Stone. He has also worked with Solar Bear, employed as assistant director on Shaun Tan’s The Arrival.

Theatre credits include: Dream On (BBC Arts), Davey Anderson’s Scavengers (RCS), Blackout (On the Verge Festival/Citizens), Love and Information (Solar Bear) and Beautiful Things (RCS)

Film: Reverberations (BSL BT)

Short Films include : Mirrors (NHS), Here Be Dragons (Portsmouth University), Perfume Advert (RCS)

Connor is thrilled to be working with Tutti Frutti and to be portraying the character of Yoshi.

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.
Kirsty Smith

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a Nottingham based freelance Stage Manager. Kirsty has four years of professional experience within the theatre industry spreading out across the UK. Kirsty graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Stage Management. Since then she has toured with multiple different children shows including “The Boy Who Bit Picasso”, “Getting dressed” and more recently Red Earth Theatre’s “Mirror,Mirror”. Kirsty is currently deputy stage manager for The Reps “DNA”, and has worked on multiple tutti frutti shows such as "Keepy Uppy", and "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".
Phoebe Stapleton

Phoebe Stapleton

Phoebe Stapleton graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2017, and gained a BA (HONS) degree in Contemporary Theatre. Previous credits include: Maurice, LORD OF THE FLIES, Ricky Dukes -Lazarus Theatre, at the Greenwich Theatre. Anabel Harvey, M.E.H, Christopher Yarnell -The Outbound Project, at The New Diorama. Leah, DNA, Robert Cann, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Ruth, TRIBE, Finn Morrell -Temper physical Theatre, International tour and Jacksons Lane London. Leonie, ATTIC, Ed Theakston, Kings Head Theatre. Jessica, THE OTHERS, Kilter Theatre, Camden Peoples Theatre. Alice, ALICE UNHINGED, Joanna Billington, Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh Fringe. Lavinia, DOTTIR, Whit Hertford, Courtyard Theatre.