Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen

Charming puppetry in a well-loved tale

It takes a while for performer Adam Bennett to cut to the chase in this quietly inventive puppet show, leading to one little girl wondering aloud if she’s come to the wrong theatre. But no, we’re in the right place – Bennett is just warming us up gently. Much like the loaf he’s crafting before our eyes.

With help and encouragement from the audience, he sifts the flour, adds the eggs then leaves the dough to rise. Meanwhile, the well-loved tale of Chicken Licken starts to unfold. Puppets of varying shapes and styles emerge from his busy kitchen bench – tiny dough-like figures climb out of the mixing bowl, Chicken Licken and his pals make their journey to the king cleverly lit behind a tea towel, and mean old fox is a feisty rod puppet.

Bennett knows how to handle an audience, actively seeking their involvement and building up a friendly atmosphere. At times the show could use an injection of energy, and despite the interesting puppets, the storytelling is a little too straightforward. But for the most part, this is a warm, happy show with much to engage with visually.

Cairns Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, 0131 560 1581, until 29 Aug, 3:35pm, £7.

Chicken Licken and the Little Red Hen

  • 3 stars

DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre This classic trilogy of barnyard tales from the Ladybird books has been beautifully adapted into a hilarious and thrilling performance dubbed 'one of the best children’s shows touring the UK' by Barney Jeavons, director of the West End Centre Aldershot. Performed by Adam Bennett to great…