Based on Aesop's Fable
Written by Mike Kenny

Produced by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal

From Leeds, England

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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tutti frutti & YTR Boy Who Cried Wolf by

tutti frutti & YTR Boy Who Cried Wolf by
tutti frutti & YTR Boy Who Cried Wolf by

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf

About the Company

Silas is from a family of shepherds and has to do right by his mum and granddad as he reluctantly takes on the responsibility of watching their sheep up on the mountain over the winter. But he’s bored, lonely, and missing out on the fun of the annual knitting competition in town, so he cries - “Wolf!”

This is a beautiful wintery tale about a boy who learns that “nobody believes a liar, even when they’re telling the truth” and finds a place for himself (and his imagination) in his warm woolly community.


Inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, a gifted ensemble of actor musicians play instruments and sing live as they embody all the delightful characters, including hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two…

With successful runs at home and on tour in the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore in 2013 and 2014, THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF production and set will be updated in fall of 2019 for a new UK tour Sept.-Nov. 2019 and its first tour to North America in spring 2021 (new video coming soon!)

Best for: Grades PreK-5th (Ages 4-10 years)

Audience Size: Small, Medium, & Large  Venues

Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording from 2013 - a new recording with updated production and set will be available Fall 2019!



Company Background

Past tours: Underneath a Magical Moon


tutti frutti has been creating imaginative, visual and meaningful story-based theatre for children for over 25 years. We specialize in bringing fantastic, distinctive and carefully crafted shows to children aged 3+ and their families and teachers across the UK and the world.  We commission award-winning writers like Mike Kenny, Evan Placey and Emma Reeves to write new plays for children and adaptations of traditional stories.  Over the years we have delivered high quality touring productions and built an excellent reputation for inventive, creative and highly physical productions for children aged 3+ and their families.

In 2013 we started making in-roads into international touring. We have toured several times to Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland, performed Rapunzel at the Assitej World Congress in 2014 in Warsaw and Wild! at the IPAY Showcase in Madison, US in 2017. We were also juror selected to perform at the Assitej World Congress in Cape Town in 2017. In 2019 we completed our first USA tour with Underneath a Magical Moon by Mike Kenny.

We currently perform to around 37,000 children and their families giving over 250 performances per year.  Recent productions include Underneath a Magical Moon, Snow Queen, WiLd!, Snow Child, Rapunzel, and Ugly Duckling.


For more information, please visit the company’s website.


Artistic Team


Silas (The Young Boy) and Ensemble (tbc)

Mother and Ensemble (tbc)

Old Grandfather and Ensemble (tbc)

The touring team will comprise 3 actor/musicians and a stage manager. 


Creative Team

Director – Wendy Harris
Writer – Mike Kenny
Composer – Dominic Sales
Movement Director – Joanne Bernard
Designer – Hannah Sibai


Critical Acclaim

"The children in the audience were captivated from the offset but, as it happens, so too were the adults. It was enchanting, uplifting and could melt the heart of any children's theatre cynic."      

—Lauren Masterman, Yorkshire Times

"Reaching out through imaginative storytelling and hilarious characterisation, the show is alive with creative ensembles of music and dancing … There is a fun, folky edge to this yarn."

—Vanessa McDougal, York Mix

"…director Wendy Harris aided by Kenny’s take on the story, offers a magical world full of sheep, knitting and wolfish behavior where the audience’s imagination can run riot"

—Steve Pratt, Northern Echo

'It shows the young minds the art of the possible in theatreland, and a dramatic experience that’s completely new'

—Huddersfield Examiner

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Gallery of Past Productions

Underneath A Magical Moon
Underneath A Magical Moon

Underneath A Magical Moon
Underneath A Magical Moon

The Princess and the Pea
The Princess and the Pea

photo by Brian Slater

Underneath A Magical Moon
Underneath A Magical Moon


2019/2020 Dates

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf" will be remounted in fall 2019, opening at York Theatre Royal on September 26th 2019 followed by another UK tour and ending with a four week run in Brentwood Theatre, Essex. Please contact us to learn more details about how to see a performance in person.


Curriculum Connections

  • Fine Arts: Performance, Sound Design, Music and Composition

  • Language Arts: Storytelling, Character, Adaptations, Creative Writing

  • Science: Wolves, Sheep, the Natural Environment, Shepherding, Wool

  • Emotional/Social Development: Empathy, Respect for Others, Perspective-taking, Relationship Skills, Social Engagement, Relationship-building, Team Work, Ethical Responsiblity


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 4 hours (if lighting pre rig is done)

  • Crew Needs: 2 technicians for load-in, focus, sound establishment, and load-out. 1 additional sound technician to operate radio mics.

  • Min. Stage Size: 20’ width x 20’ depth x 12’ height, no wing space required.

  • Sound Needs: 3 wireless mics in venues where capacity is more than 300

  • Load Out Time: 1 hour


Outreach and Workshops

With advance notice, tutti frutti is able to offer drama based workshops in your venue for students or children. Please contact us if this is something you'd like to explore.

“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances

This performance is also available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.