Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Richard Trinder
5:38 PM 30th October 2015

Tutti Frutti Kick Starts Christmas At Carriageworks, Leeds

From L-R Mark Pearce Paula James and Mei Mac
From L-R Mark Pearce Paula James and Mei Mac
In a delightful, charming three hander called Snow Child, the children's theatre company tutti frutti has rolled-out the white carpet and kick-started Christmas.

From L-R Mark Pearce Paula James and Mei Mac
From L-R Mark Pearce Paula James and Mei Mac
In this new play written by Emma Reeves (she's the creative star who adapted Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather in the West End and Tracy Beaker and The Dumping Ground on the telly) we follow the transition of a Child of the Snow to a 'normal child'.

Snow Child is a lovely, gentle tale, delightfully played by the cast of Mark Pearce, Paula James and Mei Mac and is an ideal opener for the seasonal onslaught that is Christmas.

Throughout the piece I was enthralled by the little boy sitting next to me - having his first ever outing to the theatre - who wouldn't sit still until the drama forcibly grabbed his attention. From that moment onwards he sat with eyes wide open and did little more than mouth the word 'Chickin' whenever the appropriate sound-effect was played. Just like Doctor Who, the best characters are often unseen!

Mei Mac as the Snow Child
Mei Mac as the Snow Child

This lovely little production by tutti frutti shows once again that a good story, well told, can captivate young hearts and minds.

tutti frutti specialises in presenting theatre to as many children as possible and their work often sees them transforming a school hall into a place of magical experiences.

What a future that little boy could have with his imagination fired-up by seeing exciting theatre at such a young age...

tutti frutti can be contacted here.