WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT

WE?RE GOING ON A BEARHUNT

MICHAELROSEN?S AWARD-WINNINGSTORYSTAGED AT TOWNHALLBIRMINGHAMTHISCHRISTMAS
21 December 2010 – 12 January 2011

There?s a special treat for children this Christmas as Town Hall Birmingham hostsMichael Rosen?s award-winning story We?re Going on a Bear Hunt in a fun-filledadaptation by Sally Cookson.

Featuring a lively score by Benji Bower, the show is ideal for children aged 3 and upwards, with catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure. The favourite children?s story follows the intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear, as they wade through the swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river, and the thick squelchy mud! Are they scared? Of course not!

Sally Cookson, who has created the stage adaptation says, ?In order for our youngaudiences to be drawn into this imaginary world, we decided that all the materials andobjects used in the piece should be familiar, everyday things that can be found in achild?s playroom or classroom – paper, paint, cardboard, plastic etc. … Music playedan integral role in dramatising the book. The text has a rhythmical structure and itseemed the most natural thing to set it all to music and turn much of it into a song.Benji?s original and quirky score encapsulates the different moods created in eachenvironment and enables the audience to respond emotionally. Without the music forinstance, the forest or cave would not feel scary at all. We?ve thoroughly enjoyedmaking this much-loved poem into a piece of theatre even though at times it has feltdaunting.?

We?re Going on a Bear Hunt runs from 21 December to 12 January at Town Hall Birmingham (various dates and times). Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or via http://www.thsh.co.uk

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Note to Editors

We?re Going on a Bear Hunt has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide and reached its milestone 20th anniversary in 2009. Author Michael Rosen was nominated Children?s Laureate in 2007.

Tuesday 21 December 2010 – 12 January 2011 (various dates/times)
Town Hall Birmingham
WE?RE GOING ON A BEARHUNT
Tickets: £10.50 (+ transaction fee, see below) Reduction for groups
Running time: approx 55 mins

Link to event page with full dates and times:http://www.thsh.co.uk/bearhunt
External weblinks – further information and official trailer: http://www.bearhuntlive.com

A word from the Director, Sally Cookson
Children play a crucial role in my home and working life and their ability to enter an imaginary world instantly without inhibition or cynicism fascinates and delights me. They have provided the inspiration for all the early years shows I?ve directed and Bear Hunt is no exception. In it we celebrate ?play?. The book has been a favourite in my household since my children were very small and I always felt it would translate very well on to the stage. How to find an imaginative way of interpreting the various environments was what initially excited Katie (Designer) and me about the project. In order for our young audiences to be drawn into this imaginary world, we decided that all the materials and objects used in the piece should be familiar, everyday things that can be found in a child?s playroom or classroom – paper, paint, cardboard, plastic etc. Once we?d made that decision the environments emerged without too much trouble, I think the snowstorm took the longest to arrive. We discovered during rehearsals that the sensation of being ?scared? formed an important part of many games. Being chased can be thrilling and exciting and the latter part of the story explores this notion. Facing our fears and having courage becomes a theme that is emphasised throughout the story. Music played an integral role in dramatising the book. The text has a rhythmical structure and it seemed the most natural thing to set it all to music and turn much of it into song. Benji?s (Composer) original and quirky score encapsulates the different moods created in each environment and enables the audience to respond emotionally. Without the music for instance, the forest or cave would not feel scary at all. We?ve thoroughly enjoyed making this much loved poem into a piece of theatre even though at times it has felt daunting. It was in those challenging moments that we calmed ourselves with Michael Rosen?s comforting refrain ?What a beautiful day, we?re not scared?.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, an independent charitable trust. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Issued 4 October 2010, amended 3 November 2010