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The Bear

From the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted by Pins and Needles Productions.

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 polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?
One night when she's fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

Featuring inventive design, original music, and magical puppetry.

'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic' The Guardian

Age guidance 3+ years.

Click here to read the full review.


Tuesday 26 November – Sunday 29 December Performances twice daily | Run time 55 mins

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s) Family and Friends Ticket (4 people) £46. Offer applied in basket.


Relaxed Performances

Performances on Sat 30 Nov at 11am and Sat 28 Dec at 11am are Relaxed - ideal for children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The house lights are kept on and audience members can come and go as they please.

Download a visual story of your visit to The Bear here. Or download a visual story of you visit to a Relaxed performance of The Bear here.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with SEND and sensory impairments. Contact the Box Office on 01628 788997 for more details.


Reviews

'This production is an absolute joy!' Maidenhead Advertiser

'With bubbles, glitter, light and sparkle, everything about this production was charming. My two boys were rapt' Henley Standard

'The Bear is magical, wonderful and fabulously heart warming' Laura’s Lovely Blog

'An hour of perfection for young families that will win you some serious brownie points with the kiddies’ Little Ankle Biters

'The story is all things you want from a children’s Christmas production – funny, silly, relatable, and emotive' The Wokingham Paper

'The polar bear is played as a puppet who you just fall in love with... the whole audience of school kids and my son were transfixed' Red Kite Days

'The puppetry work is ever so impressive. You really do believe the Polar Bear is real' Mummy & the Ruggies

'One of my favourite places to visit with the children, especially for a Christmas treat!' Families Magazine

'The cast bring oodles of energy and charm to this show, but it is the polar bear who is the star' Muddy Stilettos

'If you are in any doubt to book, I'd say do it. The nursery and school age children who shared the auditorium with us today were as equally enthralled' Mums about Cookham


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Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

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Over the course pupils will work on songs and sketches to improve vocal technique, stage presence and theatrical timing.

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'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace


Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or showcase.

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'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

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Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or showcase.

This Spring term, Youth Theatre - Group B will be working towards a performance of 'A New Time Music Hall'. A collection of performances to entertain, amaze and amuse in the music hall tradition with a modern twist.

Over the course pupils will work on songs and sketches to improve vocal technique, stage presence and theatrical timing.

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'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

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Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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