10 Dec 2018

Stick Man at The Lowry, Manchester

Scamp Theatre are responsible for bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's delightful book,  'Stick Man' to life, and it is back at The Lowry in time for the festive season. We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson’s books and we love family theatre. So when The Lowry invited us to a showing, we decided it would be a lovely way to spend a rainy morning this December.


The story is about Stick Man and his adoring family of Stick Lady and three little Stick Children. 

After going for a jog one morning, Stick Man encounters a bounding dog, who just wants to play fetch with what he thinks is just an ordinary stick. This sparks a series of unfortunate adventures, which lead poor Stick Man far away from his home in the Family Tree. Time goes by, and just when Stick Man has abandoned all hope of ever seeing his family again, along comes Father Christmas to save the day. Stick Man is re-united with his family just in time to celebrate Christmas with them.


Stick Man is brought to life by a trio of extremely talented actors, who between them, portray a myriad of characters including the ones Stick Man encounters on his adventures. They sing, dance and treat us to some delightful live music. They manage the prop changes with effortless ease and discreetly change costumes to flit between characters.

What makes Stick Man even more enjoyable during the festive season is the not-so-subtle references to a traditional pantomime show. Like when the actors encourage the audience to scream, “Behind you!” in response to a question. There is plenty more audience engagement, like a game of beach ball when Stick Man accidentally ends up on the beach. And there a few jokes and gags scattered throughout aimed specifically at the grown-ups in the crowd. So really, there is something for everyone in Stick Man.


With a running time of 60 minutes, Stick Man is absolutely perfect for young children and their families to enjoy together. Shows at The Lowry continue all through December and into the New Year, and are proving to be extremely popular. So make sure you book your tickets and not miss out.


Disclosure: We were invited to attend a performance of Stick Man in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. All photos copyright The Lowry.


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