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Stick By Me (Andy Manley, Ian Cameron and Red Bridge Arts)

By | Published on Friday 10 August 2018

When you’re little, there are rules – things you can’t do, places you can’t go. But then you work out how to find fun, invention and friendship within these seemingly arbitrary parameters. And that’s what this utterly charming one-man show is all about, a slightly Kafkaesque take on a child’s world – spartan and bounded, yet brimming with possibilities. Andy Manley overcomes his shyness with the audience and – you’ll have to see this to understand it – makes friends with a series of ice lolly sticks. This is elevated by the detail – the staging, soundtrack and quality of Manley’s acting convey volumes in this wordless show. Fun, invention and friendship are the themes of ‘Stick By Me’, and also what its audience will feel.

Dance Base, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]