This children’s show isn’t a stick in the mud

The cast of Stick Man
The cast of Stick Man
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Scamp Theatre’s latest offering at The Grand Theatre is sure to “stick” in children’s memories.

Stick Man, based on the popular children’s book by Gruffalo creators Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is the latest offering from the Bedforshire production company.

The show will visit Blackpool today and tomorrow as part of its nationwide tour.

The story follows Stick Man, who finds that life outside of a tree is a perilous place for a stick.

A dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire. Children will be captivated to find out how he’ll ever make it back to his family tree.

The production which features a trio of actors, puppetry, songs, live music and “funky moves” is described as “touching, funny and utterly original”

The book’s author and Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson said: “Scamp Theatre send shivers down my spine. They are so lively and innovative. I love their production of Stick Man – Live on Stage – and so do the audiences”

Scamp Theatre was founded in 2003 by award-winning international producers Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow.


They bring a range of theatrical live performance to audiences of all ages, with an increased focus on adapting children’s literature.

Over the years, they’ve won a number of awards including the Fringe First Winner for Screwmachine/Eyecandy (2005) and the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Solo Performance, for their adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo book Private Peaceful (2005).

Michael Morpurgo is himself a fan of Scamp, once saying: “I think the quality of what Scamp do is amazing.”

If you want to introduce your child to the wonderful world of theatre very early on then this might be the perfect show.

The show guarantees more fun than you can shake a stick at and is most suitable for children aged 3 and above.

Tickets are available from https://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/stick-man priced at £14.50 or you can get a family ticket of four for £50 if you enter the code “STICK” at the checkout.