Stick Man Live on Stage

This article is from 2010.

Stick Man Live on Stage

Julia Donaldson's popular picture book brought to life

Based on the hugely successful children’s book by Julia Donaldson, Stick Man is the story of a loveable anti-hero who lives in the family tree ‘with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three’. But when a dog whisks an unsuspecting Stick Man away, he faces a perilous adventure to get back home.

Brought to the stage by the acclaimed Scamp Theatre, the show mixes puppetry with actors. According to co-producer Louise Callow, young audiences have no trouble identifying puppet and actor as one character. ‘One of the things we’re very careful about at Scamp is that we don’t patronise the children,’ she says. ‘And it never ceases to amaze us how children as young as three just get it straight away.’

That said, the show also has a warmth and humour aimed at parents. ‘Adults love it,’ says Callow. ‘But they don’t expect to. And the lovely thing is they come out going “wow, I really enjoyed that too!” which I think surprises them.’

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458 252, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 12.30pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, 12.30pm, £6.

Stick Man Live on Stage!

  • 4 stars

Fringe regulars Scamp Theatre make a welcome return with this lively adaptation of Julia Donaldson's book

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