Nothing beats taking the kids to the theatre as a pre-Christmas treat, especially when you go to see a production as fun and lively as Stick Man at the Theatre Royal. Being firm fans of the Julia Donaldson classic, we couldn’t wait to see how it would be played out on the stage, and we were not disappointed. The theatre was full of energy and some very excited children, but that’s the thing I love about shows like this, it doesn’t matter if the kids are loud or fidgety as this is a show aimed at younger children and that comes as standard. I was interested to see how they would cover all the sticky situations stick man gets into. If you don’t know the story, Stick Man lives with his Stick Lady Love and his children three in the family tree. When out for a jog one day he get’s picked up by a dog, mistaken for a toy, a bat, nest material for an elegant swan and even goes on an underwater adventure before being helped back to the family tree by a very special guest after he’s nearly mistaken for firewood.

Production photo for Stick Man at Theatre Royal Brighton

What really brought the story to life for the young audience was the music and really catchy songs which are based on the story itself. Audience participation was great fun here, we were encouraged to shout out which the children were more than willing to help with! I also loved that the cast used different musical instruments on the stage and the kids could see how they were played. Alongside the music at times the stage was lit up beautifully to project underwater scenes and snow storms, when I asked her these were my daughter’s favourite bits, as they were “magic and floaty and the fish were really sparkly too” It was impossible not to be affected by the cast’s fun enthusiasm for the story, with characters coming off stage and into the audience we really felt part of the show. When a beach ball was thrown into the audience everyone joined in a lively volley, with kids and adults both trying to get the ball across the whole audience and back to the stage. This was not a performance where you needed to worry whether the kids would last the whole show hour, in fact the time flew by and all too soon we were celebrating Stick Man arriving home safe with his wife and children in time for Christmas day.

Production photo for Stick Man at Theatre Royal Brighton

Personally, I think children are the harshest critics around, and for them to stay gripped for a whole hour is an accolade to how good this show was, this was the perfect length for younger children but I think older kids would be won over by the magic of the show too. My daughter and I loved Stick Man; it was the perfect opportunity to spend a fun hour snuggled up together enjoying a story that is fun, engaging and entertaining.

  • Stick Man
    Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Brighton, BN1 1SD
    Friday at 16:30
    Saturday at 10:30, 13:00 and 16:00

Caroline

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