The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go! review at Unicorn Theatre – ‘enjoyable show for young children’
Who doesn’t love polar bears? They’re amazing animals, pin-ups of the arctic amid the existential threat of melting icecaps.
In this latest instalment of their stage adventures for young children, following The Polar Bears Go Wild and The Polar Bears Go Up, we find them plotting a tropical holiday. Is there an underlying message that a hot future awaits the species? Perhaps, but first they must work out how to get there.
The show opens with an elaborate game in which the duo – Ivor MacAskill and Fiona Manson bedecked in white fluffy robes and hats – set up a ball run on Claire Halleran’s impressively gadgety set. It’s all good fun, to the extent it prompted a mini stage invasion at one point, though the purpose remains shrouded in mystery. I saw it as a comment on the mundanity of capitalist labour, but this could be reading too much into things.
When the polar bears eventually begin their hot holiday, the expected environmental twist never arrives. Instead, they enjoy lounging on a beach and playing with yet more balls and some inflatable ice creams. It could perhaps do with a little more in the way of emotional variation. But then this is primarily an exercise in enjoyment, and why not? The poor old polar bears certainly deserve a break and the kids enjoy it.
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