Last week I went to the Polka Theatre with he little One that I look after. The Everywhere Bear is based on a story book written by Julia Donaldson, and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. Today we’re reviewing the show, because it was absolutely delightful. The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon is showing The Everywhere Bear until 26th August (2018) – you can find out more, and book tickets here.
A little bit about the book / show..
The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull… how will he ever make it back to Class One?
This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation. (Taken from the Polka Theatre’s website).
I’m a great fan of taking children to the Theatre and allowing them to become totally immersed in the music, acting (and this time puppetry too). The Adventure Theatre at the Polka is a small sized theatre space where children can sit on the floor and be very close to the action. The show is 45 minutes long – which is quite a long time to sit on the floor with a nearly 5 year old on your lap!! So adults may like to encourage their children to sit on the floor by themselves. 😊 Nevermind I’m pretty sure he had the best view in the house.
What we thought of the show..
We both throughly enjoy the show, in fact I came home singing the delightful song from it on Friday evening. The rhyming and the songs are lovely – the adaptation of the book is great. And the puppetry is amazing, I loved how the actors “walked” Matt to school etc.
There’s a small amount of staging that is used very very cleverly along with a lot of costume changes and props. There’s also so clever video footage which helps to tell the story. We also enjoyed the songs and music – it’s very well put together.
The show itself is done incredibly well – with 2 very talented actors. The children watching were captivated and so were the adults – in fact I’d say it was a rather emotional story. Go and book your tickets now – this is a wonderful show for children. The Everywhere Bear is only showing at the Polka Theatre until 26th August, so you’ll have to be quick..
But it then opens at the Little Angel Theatre from Thurs 13 September – Sun 11 November. The Little Angel Theatre 14 Dagmar Passage, Off Cross Street Islington, N1 2DN. Find out more here.
You can watch the trailer here.