Chicken Licken on tour.

Well, here goes. My first foray into the blogosphere.

Hello there. My name’s Mark Whitaker and I’m looking after Chicken Licken while Adam and Rachel are on their travels. Although I’ve been a freelance puppeteer for over 20 years this is the first time I’ve performed a one-person show and it has proved to be a pretty scary experience!

Having rehearsed with Adam before they left and performed a try-out performance in a Preston school I have been rushing around working on other projects so had to set the show up in my front room and spend a couple of days performing for the cat before my performances at the Tricycle.

Given that these performances coincided with the first hot day of Spring the turnout was small but perfectly formed. One girl in the audience gave me particularly good advice – “when you’re baking, DON’T muck about with the eggs!” If you don’t appreciate the relevance of this, you’ll just have to come and see the show.

My next outing was in Oldham at Coldhurst Lifelong Learning Centre with a schools show in the afternoon and a public performance in the evening. In spite of a bad back (the possible result of packing a full-size theatre show into a Fiat Panda) the shows went well and lots of people stayed behind to meet Foxy Loxy in person.

I’m pretty tied up with Horse and Bamboo’s Little Leap Forward for the next couple of months but look out for Chicken Licken at a puppet festival near you. I’m taking it to Rossendale, Beverley and Buxton!

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