Books take centre stage!

There must be something in the air. Hot on the heels of the most successful Bedfringe ever, not one but two of our storytime favourites are treading the boards in Bedford, so to speak. Stick Man, the heartwrenching tale of a stick man’s intrepid journey trying to get back to the family tree by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler is a true modern childrens’ classic, combining Julia Donaldson’s irresistable rhyming verse with a wonderful story and brilliant illustrations.


Stick Man. Modern Classic.

 Stick Man lives in the family tree

With his Stick Lady Love

and their stick children three...’

But the world is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds a nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?

The book has been adapted for stage and is coming to the University of Bedfordshire Theatre on Sunday, September 29th at 3pm.  Described as: “Featuring a trio of actors, puppetry, catchy tunes and funky moves, Stick Man is more fun than you can shake a stick at!” Suitable for children aged 3+ their friends & families.

Tickets are £10 each and are available from the box office: 01234 793197, or email

Directions to the theatre and other information can be found on their website here.

BUT: Stick Man is not the only classic to take to the stage! We’re delighted to say that friend of the Kiosk and local author Julia Jarman‘s classic Big Red Bath is coming to the Bedford Theatre!  (it must be a Julia thing.)


Big Red Bath!

“Ben and Bella are having such a lovely, splashy time in the big red bath that soon everyone wants to join in the fun! But will there be room for all the animals . . . even Hippopotamus? A riotous story! ”

This production is by Full House Theatre, in association with Half Moon productions. You can catch up with Ben, Bella and all their bathtime friends at Bedford Theatre on October 12th at 2.30pm. The production is aimed at the 2-6 years age bracket, and we can confirm that the book comes highly recommended by all our Storytime regulars. Tickets are £8, or £5 for concessions and are available online here, or from the box office, (01234 718112.)

We suggest you book up early for both of these – a chance to see such brilliantbooks brought to life on the stage is not one to be sniffed at! If you, or your children, would like to review either production for our blog – please email We’d love to publish some here!

And if you really can’t wait and want to get in the Stick Man mood, why not try this craft activity? We’ve found, and subsequently totally fallen for, this amazing crafting blog, Red Ted’s Art Blog. Perfect for ideas for things to do on the not-quite-as-sunny days we’re having at the moment, as well as loads of ideas for presents that kids can make. Might come in handy in the next, er, few months. Give it a go! Small kids+sticks+gluing= heaven!