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the bear

Co-Directed by Emma Earle and Hal Chambers

Associate Direction by Caroline Lang

Designed by Zoe Squire

Puppet Direction by Finn Caldwell

Associate puppet direction by Su Nixon

Composed by Lucy Rivers

Puppets by Sam Wyer

Lighting by Tom White 

Producer Lee Rayner

Sound design by Liam McDermott & Jon Everett


Dan Gingell

Naomi Stafford

Su Nixon


Abby Wain 

Elena Stephenson 

John Winchester


Benedict Chambers, Lucy Grattan. Max Tyler, Josie Rattagan, Leigh Quinn, Lori Hopkins, Steve Harper, Susanna Jennings 

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap? 

Or ride on its back? 

Have you ever tried to give a bear a bath?

Or clear up its poo?!

Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff.


One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared. 


'The Bear' is a heart-warming and humorous wintry tale from the team that brought you the hugely successful 'Father Christmas'. Pins and Needles are delighted to be bringing to life another of Raymond Briggs' much-loved storybooks.


With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs, 'The Bear' is an unforgettable experience for the whole family and a perfect introduction to theatre for little people.


The Bear has toured all over the UK since 2015. After an opening at the Polka Theatre it played far and wide. In October 2019 it toured to Malaysia. 

"Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic... This production is everything children's theatre should be: sensitive, witty, gorgeously crafted... a sumptuous production" 

The Guardian

"The delightful notion of a polar bear about the house is beautifully explored in this witty, inventive production" 

★★★★ The Stage

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