Yorkshire Times
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3:07 PM 14th May 2014

Leeds Theatre Company Tutti Frutti At Prestigious Assitej World Congress

Gayle Newbolt as Rapunzel photo by Peter Byrne
Gayle Newbolt as Rapunzel photo by Peter Byrne
Leeds theatre company tutti frutti is very excited to announce that it's acclaimed 2012 production of Rapunzel has been selected to be showcased at the prestigious 18th ASSITEJ World Congress in Warsaw in late May.

The company, which is currently on tour with its production of Monday's Child, which has been selected to be part of this year's Yorkshire Festival, will be the only theatre company representing the UK at the congress which showcases the best theatre for young children from around the world.

ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, (Association Internationale du Théâtre de l'Enfance et la Jeunesse) was established in 1965 as an international alliance of professionals involved in theatre for children and young people. The congress, which takes place every three years, is a showcase for some of the best theatre for children from across the world to be performed as well as the sharing of practice through workshops, and seminars and opportunities to network with international colleagues. To perform at the congress you have to be selected by the hosting county and Assitej panel. tutti frutti is one of 22 companies chosen from the best children's theatre from around the world to perform at the Congress.

This year's motto of the 2014 Congress is "FACING THE AUDIENCE": theatre for children and young people who understand the changes its viewers are undergoing, follows them and reacts to them. Special focus will be given to three themes: theatre for the very youngest, theatre for teenagers and the inclusive theatre.

Rapunzel was adapted for the stage by well-known children's playwright Mike Kenny, and the production toured the UK in autumn 2012. After its performances at the Congress in late May it will head to Hong Kong for a week long run at the Hong Kong Drama Theatre.

tutti frutti's artistic director Wendy Harris, who has attended previous congresses, said about the news, "tutti frutti is absolutely thrilled to have been selected for a prestigious place on this world stage and we look forward to both showing our work to our international partners but also to engaging in conversation with them.

Gayle Newbolt as Rapunzel photo by Peter Byrne
Gayle Newbolt as Rapunzel photo by Peter Byrne

tutti frutti has begun to develop its work internationally and is performing in Hong Kong and Singapore this year as well as Poland at the congress. We hope the congress will create more opportunities for the company to develop relationships with venues across the world. We are proud to be representing child-friendly Leeds, Yorkshire with its wonderful 100 day Yorkshire Festival 2014 and indeed as the only Company from the UK performing at the congress alongside 22 other companies from across the world."

tutti frutti is a national touring theatre company creating high quality work for children and their families to enjoy. Based in the child-friendly city of Leeds, tutti frutti has been delighting children aged 3 and above since 1991. The company tours nationally and internationally to schools, venues, arts centres and village halls through the rural touring schemes. Whether it is a commission or an adaptation of a book, tutti frutti aims to work with the best artists and actors to create a unique and special experience for all who attend.

The 18TH Assitej World Congress will take place in Warsaw from the 23rd-31st May 2014