If you are looking for some fun, family entertainment for the remainder of the Christmas break, or to take you into January with a bang, then look no further than the festive family fare that is currently delighting younger audiences at Birmingham Town Hall. To put it quite simply ‘we’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared…’Although actually, maybe we are, just a little.
We’re going on a bear hunt is a children’s classic that celebrated 25 years since publishing in 2014. Written by Michael Rosen and with famous watercolour illustrations by Helen Oxenbury, the story of a family taking a trip through fields, water and snow to try to find an elusive bear has been delighting children of all ages for years, and now it is a delightful play that is perfect for younger audiences, particularly those who may not have seen a show live before.
The actors create the roles beautifully, instantly recognisable to those who love the classic illustrations from the original book. There are lively, fun songs that the audience are encouraged to join in with, along with scenes that are interactive, like when the splashing through the river sees the audience getting a splashing too (much to the delight of my niece who laughed long and loud when the water pistol was trained on Uncle Peter…). There are plenty of laughs throughout, especially from the muddy interlude, and then, of course, there’s the hero of the piece, the bear. He is cute and huge and literally every child in the Hall was totally enchanted – which is just the way it should be.
‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ lasts around 50 minutes in total, with no intervals, which makes it perfect for younger audiences. We took a 7 year old and a 2 year old and they both loved it.
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