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The Stick Man live on stage. Credit Steve Ullathorne
The Stick Man live on stage. Credit Steve Ullathorne

Lara Cowin returns safely home to The Stick Man at The Lowry

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Scamp Theatre return to The Lowry this Christmas with its award-winning production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘Stick Man’ live on stage.
A trio of actors bring Stick Man’s story to life with live music, puppetry, and a flurry of festive snow.
We chat to Lara Cowin who plays Stick Lady Love:

Lara Cowin - courtesy of Sindri Swan
Lara Cowin – courtesy of Sindri Swan

What is your favourite part of the show?

This varies but I do really enjoy the ‘snow scene’ which takes place a little later in the show. Stick Man has been through a lot and this moment is rather poignant. He’s cold, months have passed, the seasons have changed and the stakes are getting higher. Will he ever make it back to the Family Tree?

The Stick Man live on stage. Credit Steve Ullathorne
The Stick Man live on stage. Credit Steve Ullathorne

What are you most looking forward to when performing at The Lowry?

I have always wanted to perform at The Lowry so I am very excited about this upcoming run! I have only ever heard positive things about the venue. Plus, I am really looking forward to getting to know Manchester. I have only been to the city a couple of times, but I think it will be a magical place over Christmas. I’m delighted to be here!

What moment in the show do children most react to?

The children usually love the moments with audience interaction such as the dog chase and the beach ball scene. Sometimes their enthusiasm and sheer joy is totally infectious and makes our job onstage incredibly rewarding. The children often know all the words and are bold enough to speak along with us. I particularly love it when they shout words of reassurance to Stick Man; ‘don’t worry, you’ll make it back to the Family Tree!’. That’s very cute.

Why should families come to see Stick Man?

Stick Man is not just a children’s show. It’s for the whole family! It’s imaginative, quirky, funny and a vibrant spectacle with singing, music and dancing. It’s a beautiful story with heart – you care about the characters and, mostly, Stick Man finding his way safely home. It has been a joy to return to the role of Stick Lady Love.

Stick Man is at The Lowry, Salford Quays from 1 December 2018 – 6 January 2019. Visit website for full tour details. 

Read our review of Stick Man at The Lowry.
Read our interview with Julia Donaldson.


Accessible Performances:
BSL performance: Sat 29 December 2018, 2.30pm. Interpreted by Emma Jane Heap.
Relaxed performance: Wed 12 December, 1.30pm.
Captioned performance: Sat 15 December 2018, 2.30pm. By Stagetext.
Audio described performance: Sat 22 December 2018, 2.30pm. By Anne Hornsby, Mindseye.
To book accessible tickets please call 0161 876 2183 or email access@thelowry.com

Written by
Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason