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BrumHour saw Stick Man: Live on Stage at arrangement with B:Music.
By Julie Wallis
Review: Stick Man: Live on Stage at B:Music Birmingham Town Hall
Directed by Mark Kane, Original Director Sally Cookson
Based on the best selling children’s book by Julia Donaldson, Stick Man is making an appearance at B:Music Birmingham Town Hall until 9th January.
If you are unfamiliar with this popular children’s story; it revolves around the eponymous Stick Man (Tyler Ephraim) going for a walk one day, before embarking on a series of perilous adventures that take him further and further away from his stick wife (Clair Gleave) and stick family. Will he make it back to the family tree in time for Christmas? Let’s just say he gets some help from a very special Christmas visitor…
The tiniest members of the audience seemed to really love this production. With a cast of just three on stage, and a stick of course, the story includes Stick Man being stolen by a dog, used to furnish a nest by a glove puppet swan, floating away to sea and lots of other adventures all crafted through music, song and dance. The undersea encounter with shoals of fish was particularly good.
With some audience participation, it was very endearing to see the children trying to catch the invisible ball or the Invisiball, shouting was actively encouraged throughout and every performance is relaxed, meaning that if your little one decides to go for a walk or starts singing Old McDonald Had a Farm, nobody will bat an eye.
There is lots of singing and dancing in this Freckle Productions show, plus real music played on stage. The child-appropriate humour this show is entirely suitable for children up to about 5 or 6 years old. If I had a 3 year old I’d be booking tickets for this in a heartbeat.
Stick Man: Live on Stage is at B:Music Birmingham Town Hall until 9th January 2022. Book tickets here: bmusic.co.uk/events/stick-man-live-on-stage and discover more about the production here: stickmanlive.com