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The Bear (Pins And Needles Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 9 August 2018

You know that way when a polar bear pops in your daughter’s bedroom window then spends the day elusively pottering round the house eating and wrecking stuff, defecating all about the place and… no? Well, anyway, that’s the precis of ‘The Bear’, rendered here from the original Raymond Briggs book through song, snappy scene changes and, in large scale puppet form, the eponymous bear. It’s all very energetic and committed, with some scatological audience interaction. Less clear was the effectiveness as a piece of storytelling, whilst – and, judging by the wailing cacophony around me, I wasn’t alone in thinking this – the 3+ billing is a bit low on the age range scale. Older ones seemed to grin and Bear it just fine, however.

Pleasance Courtyard until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | Bruce Blacklaw