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The Polar Bears Go Wild

Published Monday 10 December 2012 at 13:53 by Thom Dibdin

Eilidh MacAskill and Fiona Manson let their audience provide the vocabulary in this delightful new piece from Fish and Game, aimed at under-sixes. They play a pair of adventuring polar bears, traversing the spiky triangles of Claire Halleran’s simple blue and white set as if they were climbing the highest peek.

Having attained the heights and had a warming drink, they ski down to spend the rest of the suitably brief performance using toy versions of themselves to relate tales of travel - rowing across lakes, crossing icy mountains, which are made of foil survival blankets, and, finally, scaling a high peek. Which, besides looking exactly like a Christmas Tree, appears to be where they came in.

This is all inventive stuff, which prompts the audience’s imaginations to fill in the story and make the link between the performers and their toy selves. Greg Sinclair’s plinky-plonky music is neither intrusive nor stretching. The invitation to play with the tactile blankets at the end makes it all a little more real.

Perfect for three year-olds, the gentle storytelling needs a shade more substance to satisfy its older audiences. MacAskill and Manson make loveable characters, although there will always be a few bawling walkouts when human-sized bears are involved. But, really, this is another triumph for Fish and Game.

Production information

Macrobert, Stirling, December 4-30

Authors:
Eilidh MacAskill, Fiona Manson
Director:
Louise Brody
Producer:
Macrobert and Fish And Game
Cast includes:
Eilidh MacAskill, Fiona Manson
Running Time:
45mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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