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Great fun for adults and children. Very entertaining!

NC Student, East Craigs Nursery - The LicketyTale of Molly Whuppie, December 2013

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Projects & Productions

Licketyspit has been creating plays and theatre experiences for early years children for the past ten years. As well as touring full-scale theatre productions to theatres, community and school settings all over Scotland, our repertoire includes site-specific shows, drama workshops, drama continuing professional development (CPD) and immersive theatre as part of drama-led early intervention.

Early years children are firmly at the heart of all our work, which is developed through practical artistic research, consultation and developmental practice with children. As theatre-makers, we understand the fundamental affinity we have with children – as experts at play – and the mutual benefits of this connection.

Licketyspit productions prioritise early years children but to our delight, children tell us they don’t feel they are ‘too old’ for Licketyspit until they are 12 or 13 – and often not even then! This means we can present work to whole primaries, nurseries and extended family audiences with early years children at their heart. 

Licketyspit’s consultative practice with its audience enables us to create hugely challenging, engaging and stimulating stories for children that are full of ideas and characters that interest them. These are not ‘simple’ shows. They are rich, complex, multi-layered experiences that early years children delight in getting to grips with. These shows are carefully crafted so that the target audience can take them away, remember them, re-create, re-investigate, re-invent, share and absorb them into their own play at home and at school.

Additional Support Needs & English as an Additional Language

Our work is known for being verbally and physically rich, employing a range of multi-sensory practices which are inclusive and accessible to everyone. We work on the assumption that language is not a barrier. Our audiences engage, participate, access and interpret the experience at whatever level they are able to. Licketyspit has a strong and successful track record working with children with additional support needs (ASN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Learning & Play Resources

Licketyspit’s productions generate multiple opportunities for learning and relevance to the curriculum, which can be easily resourced and signposted for teachers. Teacher resource packs are available for all our shows. We also offer drama continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers and early years workers.

Our productions are accompanied by interactive programmes and occasionally books, audio / soundtrack CDs, badges, bookmarks and postcards for children and families.

Please click on the productions below for further information


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      Background For ten years we wrote and toured plays for 3-7 year olds. The plays......

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BIG PORRIDGE & PLAY GLASGOW A unique 8 week project for local families with children aged 3-8. Games,......

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Licketyspit Theatre Company Licketyspit is Scotland’s specialist early years theatre company.......

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An exhilarating excursion into three of Edward Lear’s poems: The Quangle Wangle’s Hat, The......

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by Virginia Radcliffe Seea Brightstar lives with Vera Bird on a rooftop high above the city. Seea Brightstar......

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by Virginia Radcliffe We meet in the playground but where have we come from and where are we going?To......

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Molly Whuppie is based on a traditional Scottish tale. Molly is a Scottish super-hero, a bold wee......

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A mouth-watering comedy with live music and cooking! by Virginia Radcliffe Magic Spaghetti is set in......

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      Tortoise challenges boastful Hare to a race, but who will win this famous contest?......

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Oona, Fitz and Finn McAlpine have a family down on its luck. One day they visit Leith Docks and discover......

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