by  David Wood

Short Play, Comedy  /  6boy(s) or girl(s)

A workman in a cafe is served too much pepper. He complains of a tickle in his nose and sneezes violently. The "tickle" is ejected - and arrives on the stage, looking for a home and a friend. Sadly, nobody wants a Tickle. He becomes involved with three wicked Germs and causes chaos everywhere. Final…

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A workman goes into a café and is served too much pepper. He complains of a tickle in his nose and sneezes too violently. The ‘tickle’ is ejected – and arrives, pathetic as a new-born baby, on the stage.

He is only anxious to find a friend and a home, but apparently nobody likes a Tickle. He becomes involved with three wicked Germs, causes chaos in a Fair and elsewhere, but finally finds his friend and a safe home – with a laughing hyena.

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“Wood, like Lewis Carroll, understands the childish imagination, its mixture of fantasy and visceral logical curiosity. Tickle herself is the incarnation of an itch, a wayward feathery sprite, looking, like a child, for recognition and a place in the world. On the way, she disrupts a bus queue, gets stuck in a tumble dryer, goes to the circus and falls in and out with some low-life germs and so learns to make good decisions. This is wholly delightful show, visually gorgeous, perfectly paced for five-to-eight-year-olds, punctuated with haunting songs and audience participation.” - The Scotsman

“Audience participation is very much invited, and yesterday’s young patrons enjoyed themselves vastly. Tickled pink is perhaps the right phrase.” - Eastern Evening News


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David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expeditio ...

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Tickle was first produced in 1972 by the Dance Drama Theatre.

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