Review: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt… Again
Having been on tour around the UK for almost two years, this unique adaptation of Michael Rosen’s family adventure returns to the Little Angel Theatre for a run of 10 weeks, complete with the beautiful original puppets created in the theatre’s on-site workshop.
News of this is sure to excite any family in possession of the original story. Popular as a bitesize read capable of holding the attention of all ages, the production extends to 45 minutes through turning the bear-hunting family’s brief acquaintances with long wavy grass and oozy mud into longer musical encounters.
Written by Barb Jungr and performed by multi-talented puppeteers, this version of events enjoyably drifts the audience along with their gentle harmonies, rather than dragging them on the pacy jaunt that they might be used to.
Rest assured, however, there is no shortage of audience interaction or surprises; from search lights in the audience to babies drifting up on balloons. The fun continues even right up to the point where the family inevitably comes face to face with a disproportionately large bear — a source of much excitement among the young audience who all seemed to take pity on him when (as expected) they turn and run the other way.
However many times you might have read the book, watched the short DVD or even seen one of countless theatrical adaptations, this particular production is gifted with catchy songs, an inspiring set, plenty of giggles and even a dog worthy of its own spin-off. Throw in an easy-to-reach London location and a perfectly pint-sized venue and you have a magical theatre visit, more than worthy of your little angels.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is at the Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN, until 26 June. Tickets £12/£10 children/concessions. Recommended age 2-7, babies and children under 2 are only admitted at All Ages performances (Thursday 10.30am, Saturday 11am, Sunday 11am). Londonist attended on a complimentary press ticket.
Last Updated 25 April 2016