Fringe preview: Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen
Classic Ladybird stories come alive on stage
This article is from 2015.
Created by DNA Puppetry in 1999, Chicken Licken is the company's most popular show to date. ‘Everybody who sees Chicken Licken totally adores it,’ says co-creator and puppeteer Adam Bennett. ‘There is only one main character who carries the story, which is important for young children. She is born in front of you and you see the major incidents of her life as she grows into adulthood.’
The show is based on three Ladybird books: Chicken Licken, The Little Red Hen and The Fox and the Hen. Solo performer Bennett is joined by a cast of characters including rod puppets, shadow puppets and puppets made of dough. ‘There's a bit of clowning, juggling, some singing and wonderful original music by composer / musician Jon Owen,’ says Bennett. ‘I'm always on stage with the puppets, talking to them and the audience, never hiding or disappearing, but sometimes you forget I'm there.’
Suitable for ages 3–8, Bennett wants audiences to react and interact with the show in whatever way they feel. ‘The moment I start, I make it clear that we're here together to have a good time and enjoy the show,’ he says, ‘and the more they react, call out, laugh, scream or help with suggestions the more delighted I’ll be.’
Summerhall, 560 1581, 10–29 Aug (not 17, 24), 3.35pm, £7 (family £26). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5 (family £18).