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Christmas comes to the Warwick Arts Centre

Photo by Mark Senior of a different cast.

Stick Man at Warwick Arts Centre. Preview by Ann Evans

Leaving his family tree, Stick Man sees Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved character spring to life. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree in time for Christmas?

This delightful and hugely acclaimed adaptation from Freckle Productions (Zog, Tiddler, Terrific Tales), is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music, and funky moves.

Alongside selected Stick Man performances, artist Benny Semp hosts a series of free Stick Man-themed family drop-in workshops (Sat 3, Sat 10, Sat 17, Sun 18 Dec, from 11am-4pm). Attendees can use real sticks to create their own Stick characters - and you don't need to have a ticket to the show to get involved. Stick Man has also provided the inspiration for the decorations on the eco wooden trees that populate the Arts Centre's open foyer - these creative adornments have been made by over 300 pupils from four Coventry primary schools.

More fun and entertainment!

For younger visitors, Half Moon's Glisten (Mon 19-Sat 24 Dec) is the perfect alternative festive experience for babies aged 0-18 months (and their grown-ups). A gentle, sparkling and immersive multi-sensory experience, the show is performed to a small audience - creating an intimate and welcoming theatrical event - and is followed by an interactive free-play session where babies can explore Glisten's sparkling tactile world.

Also at Warwick Arts Centre over the festive season, scientists from the University of Warwick entertain and amaze audiences with head-scratching experiments and research as part of two Warwick Christmas Science Lectures (Thu 1 and Thu 8 Dec). Leaving their labs, they'll be discussing new planets, explosions, and the lifecycle of the much-maligned Brussels Sprout, as well as asking why penguins in the Antarctic don't need slippers!

Meanwhile, The University of Warwick Chamber Choir also host their Winter Warmer (Fri 2 Dec), and a Festive Family Christmas Countdown (Sun 4 Dec) sees the University of Warwick Music Centre present an afternoon of magical music, sensational songs, and festive fun - with Christmas attire encouraged.

These special festive events and activities join an already packed December programme at Warwick Arts Centre which also includes free jazz on successive Fridays (Fri 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Dec, from 5.30pm); the Maxim Vengerov Gala Concert (Sat 3 Dec), a must-see celebration of a unique musical talent; harpist Alina Bzhezhinska's ground-breaking HipHarp Collective (Thu 8 Dec); and a crammed cinema programme that features Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, sci-fi epic Avatar: The Way Of Water, and Whitney Houston biopic, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

Stick Man at Warwick Arts Centre from 1 – 31 December 2022

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