STICK MAN by Julia Donaldson - Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 22, Nov 2015
Photo credit – Steve Ullathorne
“Stick man” written by the author of The Gruffalo and former children’s laureate Julia Donaldson, tells the story of a lost stick man and the various people he meets while desperately trying to find his way home.
On a cold and clear Saturday afternoon, my three year old daughter and I had the pleasure of visiting St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s Christmas is in full swing, with ice skating, various stalls, hot food and Christmas Carols.
The venue for the show is the beautifully designed Paradiso Tent. Three actors took to the stage, with one of the actors playing several different instruments throughout the show. The production was fantastic from start to finish. Everyday props such as umbrellas were used to tell the story, which is great for little people’s imagination. The three actors, Sean Kane as Stick Man, Claire Dargo as Stick Lady Love and Gordon Cooper as Various roles / Musician were enthusiastic and engaging, with just enough edge to keep the adults interested throughout. My three year old didn’t take her eyes off the stage. The music was particularly good, evidenced by the three children in our row dancing in their seats. There was audience participation which is always great in production aimed at younger children. The show is an hour long but felt much shorter. Stick Man is aimed at children aged three and over which I feel is appropriate.
Overall, for a fantastic family Christmas day out, head to St Andrew’s Square and buy a ticket for Stick Man, you won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed by Claire (and Nina)
FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER – TUESDAY 29 DECEMBER 2015
ST ANDREW SQUARE, EDINBURGH
Performances: Tuesday – Sunday 11.00am (except 30/11) | Thursday – Sunday 1.15pm, Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm
Tickets: From £15.50
Box Office: 0844 545 8252 | www.edinburghchristmas.com