Stick Man will be Easter treat for the children

Brighton-based children’s theatre company Freckle Productions have announced their stage adaptation of Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, will be available for Brighton & Hove families to stream for free from Tuesday, March 30-Wednesday, April 7.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 6:10 am
Stick Man (a previous cast). Photo Mark Senior

Filmed at the production’s final live performance at the Rose Theatre Kingston in December, this made-for-TV version of the show was initially created for families to view at home over Christmas. With the country largely remaining in lockdown, Stick Man is now being made freely available for local school pupils and families to watch at home.

Jennifer Sutherland, founder of Freckle Productions, said: “Freckle are proud to be based in Brighton & Hove. When our productions play in our hometown, selling out venues such as The Dome or the Theatre Royal, we are overwhelmed by the local support. At this hugely difficult time for everyone – but particularly for families with children at home – we want to do what we can to give a little something back to the children of our lovely city”.

Local schools will be contacted via Brighton & Hove City Council with details of how to share the home stream with families. Enquiries can also be directed to [email protected]

“Stick Man is adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson, the multi award-winning author of some of the world's best loved children's books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. Julia is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which have sold millions of copies and have been translated into over 80 languages.

“This delightful adaptation from Freckle Productions, the team behind Zog, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, and Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.”

Jennifer added: “Stick Man is a perennial bestseller and has been translated into 23 languages. In 2015, Magic Light Pictures premiered the animated film of Stick Man with an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders and Hugh Bonneville.

“The film was the 4th most-viewed 2015 Christmas Day TV programme in the UK, and the book went to number one in the children’s chart. In 2018 Stick Man celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Stick Man is directed by Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, Old Vic Theatre) with Associate Director Mark Kane, design by Katie Sykes (Jane Eyre, National Theatre), lighting by Elanor Higgins (Private Peaceful, UK Tours) and music by Benji Bower (A Monster Calls, Old Vic Theatre). The cast features Jamie Coles as Stick Man, Georgina Duncan as Stick Lady Love and Euan Wilson as Actor-Musician.