Reviewed by Hannah Abbott
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at The Lowry in Manchester is the perfect opportunity to relive childhood memories whilst making new memories with your children.
In 1989 Michael Rosenberg wrote and published the award winning ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Now in 2014, Sally Cookson has directed an adaptation live on stage at The Lowry that transported me back in time giving me the opportunity to relive my own childhood memories. The key difference between this show and my memories of the story, other than me being roughly twenty years older, is that this time I could enjoy it with my two year old son.
The show, like the book, is aimed at children aged roughly 2-7. This low age range, alongside the need for a developing imagination and some fantastic literary aspects makes this show perfect for school groups. The story is filled with repetition, rhyming and description so can be tied in nicely with the Key Stage 1 literacy curriculum. I spoke to a teacher after the performance who had watched the performance with her schools Key Stage 1 group. She had said how it was lovely to watch the reactions of the children throughout the performance, and dependant on the age group that they were depended on which elements of the show they had enjoyed.
It was great to see such a broad age range enjoy the show, and my little boy just expanded the age range that was there. Unsure at how interactive the performance was going to be and how much he would need to use his imagination, I was worried at whether he would enjoy the show being on the lower end of the target audience. We took our own teddy bear with us so that we could settle him if there were any scary sections of the show, and indeed there was. Towards the end of the show, all of the lights went out as the cast went through a dark cave. I heard a few gasps as some of the children reacted with a sense of unease from some of the younger members of the audience, but not for long as the cast quickly re-engaged with the audience settling their nerves.
Throughout the whole performance the simple props and effects complimented an energetic and engaging cast. But the most complimentary element of the performance was Benji Bower’s magnificent musical score, this music will now feature alongside my childhood memories of this story.
Enjoy your childhood with your children in a fun, interactive, educational performance. A chance to make good old fashioned memories.
My opinion… A 5 star performance not to be missed.
My son’s opinion…”Can we watch it again?”
Tickets cost from £11.50 to £13.50 (includes £2 booking fee).
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is at The Lowry in Manchester until 11 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000