Monday’s Child, York Theatre Royal, review

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Tutti frutti has been delighting audiences from the age of three years and upwards with its ethereal and thoughtful productions for nearly a quarter of a century.

The Leeds-based company’s endeavours in serving that most picky and fidgety of all theatregoing types is to be acknowledged this month when it represents the UK at the prestigious ASSITEJ World Congress in Poland showcasing the best of the world’s theatre for children and young people.

Its latest offering, which also forms part of the Yorkshire Festival to mark the arrival of the Tour de France before touring nationally, is about dementia and the impact this most feared condition has on memory of victim and effect on their loved ones.

It seems a potentially disturbing subject to be entertaining little people yet this bijou, hour-long two-hander featuring Josie Cerise and Erika Poole is as enchanting as it is moving.

Whilst many adults were left tearful by the delicate playfulness of the child and her forgetful grandmother – brought closer in play by the ravages of old age – younger audience members were suitably enraptured and entertained throughout.

Director Wendy Harris was inspired after witnessing the experience of her mother-in-law who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Encouraged by experts in the disease she sought to bring out some of the positives and incredibly it works. Beautiful, uplifting and very, very tender.

Touring nationally to 15 June

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