From the minute you set eyes on the zonked out expressions and crazy ‘running’ dance of the Scamp Theatre trio in the opening scene of Stick Man, you know you’re in for a wild and hilarious ride.
Stick Man, based on the story by Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, is a toe-tapping, thigh-slapping show that blends physical comedy, live music and audience interaction.
We follow our twiggy hero, Stick Man (don’t confuse him for an actual stick, he is a Stick Man with proper sticky feelings) who goes for a jog and winds up on a potentially life-threatening adventure.
All Stick Man wants is to get back to his lady love and their 3 kids in the family tree.
Instead, he gets caught up in all manner of mishaps including being used as a flag pole and tossed in the river for Pooh Sticks.
As a huge fan of The Gruffalo Live, I had high expectations for seeing another Julia Donaldson adaptation and I wasn’t disappointed. Quite literally, Scamp Theatre knocks Stick Man out of the park.
I absolutely loved everything about the production — from the complementary energy between the three brilliant actors, to their unexpected props. It’s hard to say who was having more fun, me or my little ones.
Jed was on the edge of his seat (well, my knees mostly) throughout while Ezra, who’s often shy during audience participation, was practically leaping to catch a beach ball that was batted off the stage!
Touring since 2009, Stick Man was a huge hit at its Edinburgh Festival debut. Although it’s aimed at kids ages 3+, this is great family entertainment that also had adults giggling throughout.
And in true Christmas spirit, the show features everything from ‘snow’, to a (somewhat deranged) dancing ‘swan’ to a sleigh ride with a very special guest!
You wood (ahem) be mad to miss it.
Stick Man is playing at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2 (Leicester Square tube) from Nov 21 until Jan 6. 10.30am (Wed-Fri) and 10.30am & 2pm (Sat-Sun); standard tickets adult £14.50/child £12.50/family of 4 £45.
Visit www.scamp theatre.com for touring info