Julia Donaldson on Stick Man: 'I love the way they get just the right level of audience participation – it keeps everyone involved'
- Kelly Apter
- 2 September 2019
Fun stage adaptation of the much-loved kids' book
He ends up in a dog's mouth, part of a swan's nest and set on fire – after which, Stick Man probably regrets going out for that morning jog. Happily, the father of three finally finds his way back to the family tree.
One of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-loved books, and now a fun stage show, Stick Man started life as a bit-part in another story.
'The Gruffalo's Child has a little stick doll and that set me thinking about sticks and how they can become so many different things,' recalls Donaldson. 'I remembered how when my sons were little they would play with sticks, and the sticks would become everything. Then I thought how a stick could be mistaken for lots of different things by different creatures.'
The book has been adapted by Freckle Productions, the team behind hit shows Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, and Donaldson feels the adaptation serves her book well.
'I just love its energy and the music,' she says. 'And I love the way they get just the right level of audience participation – it keeps everyone involved.'
King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 6–Sun 8 Sep, and touring.