Children’s Tale Comes to Life in Chester

A stage production based on the children’s book “Stick Man” will soon be presented in Chester at the city’s popular arts hub, Storyhouse.

Stick Man was written by the former Children’s Laureate and respected author Julia Donaldson and included artwork by illustrator Axel Scheffler. A children’s story about a wooden stick who is separated from his home and undertakes an Odyssey-like expedition to return there, the tale has a festive flair, which includes some help from Father Christmas along the way. In 2008 it was awarded the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and a year later it was shortlisted by Scottish Children’s Book Awards. The book has sold more than two million copies globally and was later turned into an animated film.

Since then, it has also become a successful stage play, which is the format it will be arriving in this October when it is presented by Freckle Productions at Storyhouse. The adaptation features a wide range of misadventures, including a dog wishing to play fetch with Stick Man, and a swan seeking to construct a nest with him, as he endeavours to return to his family tree.

Adapted especially for the theatre, Stick Man is now an award-winning production praised by both the Independent and Time Out. Performed by a trio of talented actors, it also includes live music, sing-along numbers and skillful puppetry.

Storyhouse will present Stick Man from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29. The venue can be found on Hunter Street in Chester.

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