Tutti Frutti to Celebrate the Beautiful Game

Tutti Frutti to Celebrate the Beautiful Game

As football fever is set to sweep the nation this weekend with the European Cup Final and with the FIFA World Cup starting in Russia this June, the much-admired Leeds theatre company tutti frutti will be celebrating the beautiful game by staging the premiere of Keepy Uppy, a new play by the award-winning playwright, Evan Placey (Girls Like That, Synergy Theatre/Unicorn Theatre and WiLd, tutti frutti).

Directed by tutti frutti’s artistic director Wendy Harris, Keepy Uppy will be at The Atkinson on Saturday 26 May at 2.30pm.

Keepy Uppy, tells the story of Joey who absolutely loves football – he loves playing it, watching it, talking about it. He gets it from his mum – a footy fanatic!

Joey can turn anywhere into a make-believe pitch, from scoring goals in his breakfast cereal to imaginary match commentating on his way to school. His enthusiasm is shared equally by his Mum – the best teammate he could ever have. She stands on the sidelines cheering him on, giving him top training tips and teaching him new tricks.

Life is busy for Joey and mum, but today nothing can get in their way as the big day has arrived; the high point of the season, the cup final and a chance for Joey to score a winning goal.

They set off for the game, ready for ANYTHING!

Whether you are a football fan or non-football fan, Keepy Uppy celebrates the joy of the beautiful game with popping rhymes, fab footie moves, flicks and sidesteps underscored by toe tapping live music.

Keepy Uppy is written by Canadian-British playwright Evan Placey who previously worked with tutti Frutti on the acclaimed play WiLD which explored the life of a boy living with ADHD. The play was selected for the 39th IPAY International Showcase, which was held in Madison, Wisconsin.  Evan recently won the Writers’ Guild Award – Best Play for Young Audiences for his play Girls Like That.

Playwright Evan Placey said about the exciting new play:

It’s been a wonderful challenge writing a play entirely in rhyme and which is rooted in physicality and movement. I’m excited to see the football moves and Joey’s imagination come to life on stage.”

tutti frutti are a national touring company creating high quality work for children and their families to enjoy. Based in Leeds, tutti frutti has been delighting children aged 3, and over, for more than 20 years and tour nationally and internationally to schools and venues.  In 2014 tutti frutti were selected to represent the UK in Warsaw at the prestigious ASSITEJ World Congress for young people’s theatre. This is the first time an English theatre company has performed at the event. Last year the company were selected to perform their acclaimed production WiLD at the IPAY Showcase in Madison, US.

Keepy Uppy is suitable for children aged 3-7 and their families

Keepy Uppy comes to The Atkinson, Southport  on Saturday 26 May at 2.30pm. Tickets are normally £8 (£6 children / £24 family) but this weekend there is a special offer of £2 off per ticket! . You can book your tickets online at theatkinson.co.uk  or by calling the box office on 01704 533333.

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Listing Information

Tutti Frutti

Keepy Uppy

Saturday 26 May


£8 (£6 children / £24 family)

Special offer – £2 off a ticket


Posted on 24 May 2018 under General news

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