We’ve been busy getting (very early I know) into the Christmas spirit in my house and doing all sorts of lovely things to get us totally in the mood. It’s the first Christmas Florence has begun to understand about the whole concept and it’s wonderful to watch her face light up whenever she sees something new for the first time. We’ve been to see the lights switch on in our local area which, for London, had a thoroughly magical and village type feel to it! It was our whole community coming together at the Church, no matter what religion, and enjoying the warm welcome organised by the parishioner’s and local council. It was a lovely affair, Father Christmas made an appearance and the lights going on were beautiful; far better than the lights I’ve just seen today on Oxford Street, which as far as I can see are there to purely advertise a Christmas movie and have lost, somewhat, the actual essence of Christmas!
We’ve also been lucky enough to have been one of the first families in London to see ‘Stick Man Live On Stage’ at the Leicester Square Theatre. The book, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler was first published in 2008 and is yet another classic from the duo that brought us ‘The Gruffalo’. This stage production which is directed by Sally Cookson with brilliant design from Katie Sykes and beautiful music from Benji Bower is an absolute triumph!
‘Stick Man lives in the family tree, with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three…’ One day he goes out for a jog and just as the original story dictates he gets lost on his way and befalls a number of encounters and mishaps along the way. Will he make it home in time for Christmas? Well, if you know the story then you’ll know the answer but let that not spoil this wonderful production for you; it is, without doubt, simply brilliant! The three performers, musician Brian Hargreaves, Mark Kane and Peta Dennis are so passionate in their performances that you cannot help but become fully immersed in Stick Man’s journey. The songs are wonderful and Florence and I have been singing the ‘Stick Man’ song ever since! The minimal but effective set and costumes are charming and encourage imagination while the clever ways they demonstrate ’Stick Man’s feelings’ through the actor Mark Kane are wonderfully delightful; Peta Dennis in her many roles has an absolutely terrific number of facial expressions which are given with gusto. Many intelligent touches with the props almost top off the show but the true cherry has to be the musician Brian Hargreaves and his menagerie of instruments. Hargreaves holds everything together with musical sound effects, partly narrating, singing and playing many parts himself! We thought he was just fantastic! As we did the whole show! Its fun, it’s exciting and the Christmassy ending brings it bang on trend for this season’s festive nature. What a great treat for the family this winter!
‘Stick Man Live On Stage’ is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre from Tuesday 22nd November 2011 – Sunday 8th December 2012 and with just an eight week run I really must urge you to book your tickets soon! Tickets which can be booked on 08448 733 433 are £12.50 each or £40 for a family of four (babies in arms are free of charge). For more information see www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.
Well, the show got us thoroughly into the spirit of things and we hope it does for you too! If you’re interested in seeing the authors most famous book recreated on stage then do stop by here again next week as I also have the pleasure of reviewing ‘The Gruffalo Live’ for my next blog topic and will be able to give you the low down on that too. In the meantime do keep up to date with all Rocknrollerbaby’s outings and goings on at my blog linked below.