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Great Yorkshire Fringe: Stick Man Review

By Anna Rogers | 29th July 2015

Stick Man

Stick Man

Scamp Theatre certainly know how to do some very scrummy children’s theatre. Part of the infectious Great Yorkshire Fringe, the stunning and boho, White Rose Rotunda stage plays the perfect host to an intimate and magical show, bringing to life Julia Donaldson’s beloved children’s book Stick Man.

From the moment you enter the space you are captivated by bright lights, an array of musical instruments and three very talented performers ready to whisk you off an adventure. The play follows Stick Man who lives happily with his Stick lady love and three Stick children. One morning Stick Man decides to go for a jog and encounters the many dangers outside the stick family tree. This is shown inventively by the use of the performer’s Oliver Grant, Rachel Winters and Alex Tosh impressive physical presences and their fabulous props. Oliver Grant plays Stick Man with the use of the sturdy and gorgeously animated Stick Man prop. Something I’m sure every parent was asked to reproduce at home once their wee ones had caught a glimpse of it!

Scamp Theatre’s ingenious use of imagination and ability to involve the audience, left children and adults with smiles on faces and sparks of wonder in their eyes. To say the room was filled with magic would be an understatement – it was brimming with magic. Packed full of puppetry (an enchanting scene where Stick Man is lost out at sea shows some clever use of fishes as puppets swarming in a backdrop of blue lights that leave you in an daze), charming songs that stay in your head for days and physical elegance, this adaptation is one the whole family shouldn’t miss. Scamp Theatre deserve high praise for their energetic and clever use of theatrical storytelling. My little girl absolutely loved it and so did I. Stick Man will be talked about in my house for a very long time to come!

You can catch the stunning Stick Man as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe at The White Rose Rotunda until 2 August at 10.15 & 12.15 am.

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