27 Apr 2015 - 7 Jun 2015


by Mike Kenny

Rapunzel is a story about a girl who is taken away from what she knows and protected from all the things that she loves.


Placed high-up in a tower above the world and faced with the challenge of growing-up, she is found alone, dreaming…

The sun goes up
The moon goes down
The world keeps turning
Round and round.

The moon comes up
The sun goes down
Can things that are lost
Ever be found?

1 year, 2 years, the girl gets older
The summers hot, the winters colder

3 years, 4 years, her tower stands straight
The girl is dreaming, and still she waits…

5 years, 6 years, the years go by
She’s still alone, she wonders why?…

With fantastic music from Chris Mellor, beautiful movement from TC Howard and magical design by Catherine Chapman, Rapunzel is a delightful production for children about the curiosity and the joys of growing up, risk-taking and discovering who you are.

‘Audience were completely held and at times enchanted; Children completely engaged throughout’
– Spark Festival

Creative Team

Catherine Chapman

Catherine is a theatre designer and loves her role of creating magical places for stories to be told. Catherine was born in North Yorkshire and often returns to the area to work at York Theatre Royal and Stephen Joseph Theatre, and has previously worked with Tutti Frutti.

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 internationally. Mike won the 2015 Writers' Guild Award for Best Play for Younger Audiences with Three Wise Monkeys.

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of PYA England

Wendy has held the position of artistic director at Tutti Frutti since 2005, touring nationally and internationally, co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre, and leading on the development programmes and arts engagement work.

TC Howard

TC Howard has worked as a performer, choreographer, movement director and educationalist throughout her career. TC has choreographed for theatre productions in Bolton Octagon, Manchester Royal Exchange, The Dukes Playhouse and with Red Ladder, Opera Circus and Horse and Bamboo. She also creates dance for site-specific and installations works in non-traditional venues.

Touring Team

Danny Childs

Professional work includes: 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) and Potty Pierre in Beauty and the Beast (Jordan Productions). Danny is also Creative Director of 'SquadFour Productions' in Manchester.  

Chipo Kureya

Originally training as a dancer, Chipo graduated from the Urdang Academy and went on to choreograph music videos and tour. Credits include Liberian Girl - Royal Court, Fingertips – Clean Break, Ariel in The Tempest at the Waterloo East Theatre and ‘Jade’ in her one-woman Edinburgh Fringe debut, So What if I Dance.

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, opera and many children’s theatre shows.

Nicola Blackman

In a career spanning over forty years, she has played principal roles in ten West End musicals, been a member of the National Theatre and English Shakespeare Company, worked in the US, and is an Olivier nominee. For good measure she has also been a backing singer for Ray Charles, Millicent Martin and Lulu.

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