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Stick Man

Published Monday 26 November 2012 at 11:42 by Ben Dowell

Returning to the West End for a short Christmas run, this is a delightful, simply-staged show for young children.

Mark Kane (Stick Man) and Emily Pollet (Stick Lady Love) in Stick Man Live on Stage at the Leicester Square Theatre, London

Mark Kane (Stick Man) and Emily Pollet (Stick Lady Love) in Stick Man Live on Stage at the Leicester Square Theatre, London Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Scheffler and Donaldson are the duo behind the Gruffalo, and this is a similarly taut, surprising and hugely enjoyable story of a journey. This time it is of a stick person who is thrown into a river and has to find his way back to his family in time for Christmas, combating, inter alia, a dog, a park warden, a girl and finally snow and the threat of becoming firewood.

The problem of injecting life and form into, well, a stick, is neatly solved by having the recreated stick from the book held by Mark Kane who is slim enough to look a bit like our hero himself, with sticky up hair and an engaging manner. He is ably supported by a lovely cast who really enjoy what they are doing and there are some deft touches. I particularly like Benji Bower’s music, played on a variety of instruments by Joseph Carey, which in particular evoked the swirling of a river brilliantly. And the recreation of the seaside, when our poor stick is used as a cricket bat, was very effective with a few props and some soft lighting beautifully evoking the beach atmosphere. And parents will be happy that this was suspenseful and gripping without ever being frightening.

Production information

Leicester Square Theatre, London, November 17-January 6

Author:
Julia Donaldson, Alex Scheffler, Scamp Theatre
Director:
Sally Cookson
Producer:
Scamp Theatre
Cast:
Joseph Carey, Mark Kane, Emily Pollet
Running time:
1hr

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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