Preview: Yellow is The Colour of Sunshine

tutti frutti theatre company presents this world premiere, written by Brendan Murray, at Carriageworks on 18 May, and at Seven Arts on 13 June.  In between and beyond those dates, performances take place in various towns across the UK until 14 July.

Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine is for children of 3 and above.  The production uses sign language, spoken word, movement, Japanese-inspired design and a cast of three to tell the charming story of two friends.  Young and old alike can follow the tale of a small boy and girl – one big and noisy, one small and quiet – who learn how to tell what’s in their hearts, with the help of some dancing magpies.

A life of playing by the blue sea, running through the green fields and dancing in the yellow sunshine changes when the sky turns grey.  

tutti frutti consulted with Professor David Cottrell, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Leeds University, who as scientific advisor on Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine, has played a role in developing its themes of encouraging emotional literacy in young people. 

 tutti frutti’s Artistic Director Wendy Harris says, 

New writing is one of the vital aspects of our work as a theatre company for young people; we commission and collaborate with leading children’s playwrights to create high-quality original new plays. For Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine, we wanted to create a piece for theatre’s youngest audiences and their families and carers that explores emotions and the importance of identifying and understanding feelings. As with all our work, we’re doing this in a positive, fun and creative way to make a memorable shared experience. 

 We’ve been on an exciting journey with our creative team which involves bringing Brendan’s superbly playful script to life with striking Japanese design and wonderful original music by Christella Litris. This includes working with a d/Deaf performer in addition to a dancer and spoken word performer – to really open up communication through a production that speaks in many languages to create a vibrant and magical show for children and their adults.

Designer Kate Bunce, Movement Director and performer Holly Irving, Composer Christella Litris and Lighting Designer Sara Burns.

Leeds-based company tutti frutti has for three decades been producing  theatre for young audiences, including interpretations of classics as well as new writing.

 Playwright Brendan Murray’s award-winning plays for young people and families include for tutti frutti The Hare And The Tortoise, Monday’s Child and When We Lived In Uncle’s Hat.  He studied drama at Huddersfield Polytechnic before embarking on a career as a playwright, director and teacher. He was the recipient of the Writer’s Guild Of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children and Young People in 2009 and 2012.

Director: Wendy Harris; Designer: Kate Bunce; Composer: Christella Litris; Movement Director: Holly Irving; Lighting Design: Sara Burns. 

Photographs provided by Amanda Trickett PR.



Date/Times Venue Address
Saturday 18 May, 11am and 2pm The Carriageworks 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

To book tickets: 0113 376

Tuesday 28 May, 11.30am and 2pm Astley Cheetham Art Gallery Trinity Street, Staleybridge, SK15 2BN. To book tickets: 0161 343 2878.
Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June, 11am The Grand Venue 18 York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL. To book tickets: 01200 421599.
Sunday 2 June 11am and 2.30pm Motus Dance Festival Milton Keynes.
Thursday 13 June 1.30pm and 5pm Seven Arts 31A Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 3PD. To book tickets: 0113 262 6777.
Saturday 15 June 8am, 11am and 2.30pm Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE

To book tickets: 01442 228091

Sunday 16 June 8am, 11am and 2pm Artsdepot 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
To book tickets: 0208 369
Thursday 19 – Saturday 22 June York Theatre Royal St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD  To book tickets: 01904 623 568
Wednesday 26 June, 10.30am, 1pm The Big Malarkey Festival
Sunday 6 July, 11am and 2pm Curve, Slough William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY

To book tickets: 01753 875533

Saturday 13 July 11am, 2pm and 4pm Waterside Arts Centre Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF

To book tickets: 0161 912 


Helen’s interests are wide-ranging, from food to music to art and comedy.   She is especially keen on writing about local charitable activity and events as well as the opportunities the City Region has to offer to those with hidden talents.

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