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New Children’s Play in Leeds Explores ADHD

Acclaimed Leeds theatre company tutti frutti to premiere tender and funny new children’s play exploring Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Following on from their acclaimed production of Monday’s Child which explored Alzheimer’s disease, the much-admired Leeds theatre company tutti frutti are set to premiere WiLd!, a new play by award winning playwright Evan Placey that unravels the story of a boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), at The Carriageworks in Leeds on Saturday 30th April at 2pm & 7pm.

Aimed at children aged 8 years upwards, WiLd!, is a one person show with a live musician that explores the fragility of a misunderstood boy who lives within his wild imagination, in a sensitive, empathetic, but fun and accessible way. The play tells the central protagonist’s story, as he navigates his real and his imagined world which will be underpinned by the emotions, behaviours and perceptions in relation to ADHD.

With the funding from the Wellcome Trust, tutti frutti’s creative team have been working in partnership with Professor David Daley of CANDAL (the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the Lifespan at the Institute of Mental Health) and his team at the University of Nottingham on researching with ADHD patient groups.

Playwright Evan Placey who recently won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play for Young Audiences for Girls Like That said:

‘I am really excited about finding theatrical and innovative performance-based ways to express the brain of a child with ADHD. Having spent my early years as a writer working with young people with ADHD, I am aware of the stigma and misunderstanding that surrounds these young people; I am eager to create a piece in which the audience see everything through his eyes and through engaging with his creative imagination and the journey of his mind, can begin to understand him.”

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, venues, arts centres and village halls through the rural touring schemes.

WiLd! is suitable for those age eight year olds and over and their families. Tickets are priced at £9.50 for adults and £8.50 for children (a family ticket for £34 is also available) and can be obtained by visiting the Box Office or by calling 0113 224 3801. Tickets are also available online here.

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