“I’m stick man, I’m stickman, I’m stick man that’s me!”. Children and adults feverishly repeat the refrain even prior to the lights going down. A well-loved story penned by the children’s author Julia Donaldson and now brought to the stage by Scamp Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Fringe, it’s the story of a stick man who loses his way from the family tree and his many adventures as he attempts to make it back to his stick lady love and his stick children three.
The cast ably depicts the story of stick man through percussion and song and through simple but effective scenery. The energy of the cast leaves you breathless as they take you through the world of stick man, their performances ably capturing the tale’s characters.
Many elements of the story and performance can be appreciated by adults and children alike, with the occasional ad-libs and inclusion of children in the audience all making it completely engaging for those viewing. Clever, well rehearsed, succinctly timed choreography add to the fluid nature of this piece.
Well executed and enthusiastically presented, it’s a must see for avid readers of the story as well as for those who are yet to be introduced to the world of stick man and his family tree.