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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adapter: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Theatre companies and producers must jump for joy upon learning they have acquired the theatrical rights to a popular children’s bedtime book. With companies like Tall Stories eternally producing favourites like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, big business can be made from small picture books. Scamp ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adaptor: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Emma Boswell Anybody with children under the age of five will be very familiar with the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, ranging from The Gruffalo through to The Smartest Giant in Town. The duo’s books are brimming with humanity and warmth and Stick Man, which tells the tale ...

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The Scarecrow’s Wedding – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writers: Scamp Theatre  - Based on the book by Julia Donaldson &Axel Scheffler Composer and Lyricist: Darren Clark Director: Eva Sampson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Scamp Theatre has acquired a reputation for adapting the children’s books by Julia Donaldson, their production of Stick Man playing at the Leicester Square Theatre for five Christmas seasons. Their latest show, The Scarecrow’s Wedding, is a welcome ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adapter: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It is difficult to resist the urge to include any tree based puns in a review of Stick Man so rationing myself to just one I’ll say that there are no wooden performances in this production of the popular children’s book by the prolific duo Julia Donaldson and ...

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Stick Man – The Spiegeltent: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Three actors take to the stage to sing, tell, mime and act out Julia Donaldson’s well-loved story of Stick Man. With colorful costume and props they bring the beloved story alive. Taking on the physicality of a stick!, Nick Howden takes us through the adventure and dangers Stick Man faces ...

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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Private Peaceful – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Director and adaptation: Simon Reade Original Book: Michael Morpurgo Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Writing a performance for children about the atrocities and complexities of the First World War is a difficult task. Many may think that the subject matter is something to shy away from the delicate ears of children, but acknowledge that to neglect educating the next generation about our ...

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Pirate Gran – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Geraldine Durrant &Rose Forshall Adaptor: Scamp Theatre Director: Pieter Lawman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When it comes to children’s theatre at the Fringe, taking a gamble can be both expensive and fraught with danger. Will the little ones cry, wander off or (cringe) distract everyone else in the theatre? Fortunately, renowned Scamp Theatre take the uncertainty out of your theatrical ...

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