I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
We're going on a bear hunt, with strings attached
For kids growing up in the late '80s and early '90s, We're Going on a Bear Hunt is something of a big deal. Penned by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this children's book mixes identifiable realism with outright fantasy to create a deliciously enticing story which quickly became a staple of homes and classrooms throughout the country.
This November, Little Angel Theatre is planning a production of the timeless kids' tale, using puppetry to bring the story to a new generation of children. Directed by Peter Glanville, the show promises to add a unique element to We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and provide enchantment to young and old alike.
The show also features music and lyrics from chanteuse Barb Jungr, whose Hard Rain album – interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen – was released this March to almost universal acclaim.
Poet and author Michael Rosen, who adapted the tale from a traditional nursery rhyme
For those who can't remember – or for those as yet uninitiated into the magical world created by Rosen and Oxenbury – the story goes something like this; a family venture out on a journey, moving slowly and steadily through an evocatively described landscape in search of a bear. On finding the bear they then frantically scramble back the way they came, all the way to the safety of home.
It is a remarkably charming tale, and one that can't fail to warm the hearts of people of any age. Make sure you catch Little Angel Theatre's version at mac between November 22nd and December 7th. You're in for a treat!