Leeds theatre company tutti frutti will be making and touring its new play, Wild!, after being awarded a Small Arts Award Grant by the Wellcome Trust.
Wild!, written by award winning writer Evan Placey, tells the story of a boy with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is a one person show with a live musician that explores the fragility of a misunderstood boy who lives within his wild imagination.
With the funding from the Wellcome Trust, tutti frutti’s creative team will work 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 Nottingham University on researching with ADHD patient groups.
Tutti frutti’s Artistic Director and Wild’s director, Wendy Harris, said:
“Wild! is one of the most exciting projects tutti frutti has embarked on for some time. Now we have the additional funds we will have a live musician on stage, digital technology incorporated in to the design and the ability to enhance online resources for teachers and families. Thank you to the Wellcome Trust and our core funder Arts Council England for making this possible.”
Playwright Evan Placey added:
“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.”
Visit the tutti frutti website for more information on upcoming shows and tours.