Stick Man lives in the family tree,
With his stick lady love and stick children 1, 2, 3.
A simple set on stage made from planks of wood,
Transformed into the tree house where the cast members stood.
Positioned to the side were some percussion ‘toys’,
Not necessarily instruments – but things that made noise.
Household objects produced the sounds which played out loud.
Enchanting rhythms and jingles entertained the crowd.
Not a single soundtrack or recorded sound.
Literally amazing noises throughout with things they’d found.
The cast were lively when they shot on stage,
Performing the much loved story adapt for all age.
Retelling the story of the morning when Stick man jogs,
Before a huge amount of sorrow as his found by a dog.
Stick Man is a prop who’s carried by a man,
Who acts out all his emotions whenever he can.
Fetched and dropped then thrown again,
Before Stick Man is freed and out of his pain.
The gentleman hurls himself across the stage,
Asif tossed by a dog in a playful rage.
Setting off home with a hop and a twirl,
Stick Man is picked and thrown by a girl.
Into the water of a fast little river.
Stick Man is floating and beginning to quiver.
Stick Man floats along a paper stream.
Fish puppets passing him as if a dream.
He isn’t a Pooh stick – why can’t they see.
He’s Stick Man, and he wants to get back to his family tree.
Along Stick Man floats until meeting a swan,
Who intertwines him in her nest before having a yawn.
The story continues with Stick Man at sea,
Wishing to be back at the family tree.
The swan was a hand puppet which was cleverly played.
Her emotions and motherly figure all visually displayed.
Washing to shore, Stick Mans now on a beach.
“The perfect mast” as a daddy bends down to reach.
Stick Man holds a flag for a castle of sand,
Before becoming a bat for a ball being swung in a hand.
The audience at this point playing a part,
Throwing the ball back from wherever it dart.
The summers now over and winters begun.
Stick Man still separated from his wife and sons.
His frozen and lonely whilst buried in snow –
Never has he ever felt so low.
The snow was mesmerising as it fell from the ‘sky’.
Cleverly spun on a umbrella from way up high.
That’s when Stick Man is picked up and taken inside.
Onto the fire he is going – once he is dried.
Just when life was over he hears some bells,
Then after some wiggling some worrying yells.
Santa was stuck in the chimney where Stick Man laid.
Helping him out safely; Stick Man was no longer afraid.
Santa takes Stick Man for a sleigh ride.
Together delivering presents through the skies they glide.
With just one chimney left, Stick Man smiled with glee.
Its been a year since he last saw the family tree.
The set, props and costumes were so creatively done,
I sat watching contently along with my three year old son.
The very clever use of equipment made it more enjoyable for me.
My imagination felt sparked as I became completely carefree.
Umbrellas creating sea, with antlers made from a glove,
Making the show very whimsical with more to love.
I highly recommend Stick Man for a child of any age,
It’s as magical as the book and possibly better on stage.
The Orchard Theatre is now preparing for Aladdin – the pantomime,
Your chance to see Marty Pellow whilst still in his prime ;).
Please note – This was a collaborative post.
For more information about upcoming shows, or how you can book your tickets for Aladdin, the visit, The Orchard Theatre.
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