Children and families

Beautiful. Good audience participation. Well presented.

Audience member. The LicketyTale of Molly Whuppie, December 2013

Music off


This area of the website will be a place for discussion about early years children particularly in relation to the arts and in particular – to theatre and drama.

It will be the place where teachers and child development officers can feed in their thoughts about Licketyspit’s work and share ideas for their own practice.

We will share our evaluation findings and discuss our evolving practice and the theory behind Licketyspit’s work with and for early years children, their teachers, carers and parents.

Licketyspit is committed to joined up thinking and exploring new ways that the widest possible range of children’s services can collaborate in achieving our shared goals.

Licketyspit wants to fire children’s imaginations. We can see that theatre is a fantastic tool to do this, but more than this, an experience of theatre can give an early years child a great store of material, a multi-layered experience they can go on playing with, explore, share, re-invent and learn through. All children’s theatre reflects the artists behind it and their response to children. Licketyspit wants to inspire children by all aspects of our work – which is highly physical, visual and musical. Most particularly we want to inspire children with language. Learning to communicate with words empowers children and connects them with society. You cannot really accumulate knowledge and learn until you have a vocabulary. Early years children learn many new words every day and understand far more than they can express. They relish navigating their way through language piecing together new understandings and relating them to the way they see and meet the world. An experience of theatre is like zipping a big book of experience inside a child.

Licketyspit believes all children are bursting with possibility. We want them to believe anything is possible for them. Licketyspit definitely fosters this idea. But all good children’s theatre, all good art, by its very nature, feeds this possibility.


The Christmas Quangle Wangle had the children enthralled, captivated, amused (lots of laughter) and engaged.Teacher
It was lovely to hear him laugh. It was as if you’d written it just for him!”Carer of teenager with severe autism. The Christmas Quangle Wangle, Traverse Theatre, 2004
The children were mesmerised. The show is a valuable opportunity, to experience a live drama production and in this case to listen to the rhyme and rhythm of the poetry. I would like to thank North Edinburgh Arts and Licketyspit.Teacher, Forthview