Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Lucy
What they say: Direct from a smash-hit WEST END and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.
Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!
Adapted for the stage from the modern classic written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
What we say: “Before we even got to the venue, my two year was excitedly reciting the story. We’re going on a Bear Hunt is one of our favourite stories and we were both looking forward to seeing the story come alive on the stage.
I have never visited the Radlett Centre before but had heard good things, and it did not disappoint. The venue is easy to find and although there is limited parking onsite, just a two minute walk away is a large car park. When we walked through the doors, I was immediately grateful to see that we were not bombarded with opportunities to purchase merchandise (as a parent I find it hard to refuse my two year olds big blue eyes and constant requests for “get them for me please mummy” so this was a refreshing start).
The venue is lovely and extremely accessible and the staff were so friendly and engaging. There is a lovely bar area serving food, snacks and drinks perfect for little ones and big ones.
We were shown to our seats and although we had great seats to start with, it would seem that any seat in the intimate theatre would provide a great view for parents and toddlers a like.
Wow! Sally Cookson has done a truly amazing job and had us hooked from start to finish. It was of the best adaptions I have ever seen and Noah was enthralled for the entire time. The cast are wonderful and the way they bring each scene to life is brilliant, with audience interaction and plenty of songs for us all to join. Each section is broken down with simple yet extremely effective props; Noah loved the water pistols and even though we were not in the first front rows the cast came into the audience to the delight of the children.
The running time is a little over an hour with no break. The times are perfect, Noah sat in his chair (unless dancing) the whole time which is a credit to the show, as our attention span can be a little bit short (to say the least).
The show is perfect for all ages and a delight to watch, I have already booked tickets to go and see it again with friends.
When we left the theatre, I did see a lovely lady selling a selection of merchandise, including, books, teddies and CD’s but Noah was so preoccupied with telling me all about the play that we happily walked straight past.
It was a lovely day, thoroughly enjoyed by both of us and cannot recommend the Radlett Centre or the show, highly enough.”
For more information and to book your tickets, please visit www.bearhuntlive.com
Recommended for ages 3+. Running time: Approx. 55 minutes.