A Christmas show aimed at younger children is coming to the Crucible Studio next week.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is the latest production from the tutti frutti theatre company, last in the city with their updated version of Rapunzel.
Artistic director Wendy Harris said: “We’ve taken the original very short Aesop fable and writer Mike Kenny has developed it. We really take the story of the family of the young boy, who lives with his mother and grandfather.
“The whole community rely on the wool that the sheep provide and the boy is not ready to take on the responsibility. The story explores how boy accepts his responsibility and rises to the occasion.
“He has to address his laziness and take on something he doesn’t want to do.
“The show features the local community of knitters, who are very comical, and also storytellers. We also have some funny sheep as well.
“We never say too much about the wolves and let people find out how we do that!
“We take children on an adventure through the story. Sometimes it’s a bit scary but we counteract that with humour. The children have been loving it.”
Wendy said that the play, set in a “wintry, knitted kind of world”, uses lots of movement to tell the story and all the actors play instruments on stage as well.
She added: “It’s aimed at children aged three to seven years but we find that it’s really enjoyed by the whole family. The show does appeal to that family audience.
“It’s not too long, either. Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans very much wants us to meet that need for a family show for younger children who might find the pantomime too long or risqué.”
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is at the Crucible Studio from next Wednesday, December 11, to January 4.
Box office: call 0114 249 6000 or go online to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk