Calum Bruce and Lottie Johnson are the performers and puppeteers of The Everywhere Bear, which will be playing at London’s Polka Theatre from 27 May – 13 August.
This captivating and beautiful story, from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb and adapted for the stage by Peter Glanville and Julian Butler, springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation.
You’re starring in The Everywhere Bear at Polka Theatre, what can you tell us about the show?
It’s based on a book by Julia Donaldson and tells the story of class one’s ‘Everywhere bear’ who goes home with a different child every weekend. The show features lots of puppetry, projections and original music.
What do you think it is about Peter Glanville and Julian Butler’s adaptation of the book that works so well on stage?
The translation of Julia Donaldson’s verse into music has been done so successfully by Julian. And you’ll recognise all of Rebecca Cobbs beautiful illustrations in our puppets. Peter has created a wonderful, visual reimagining of the world.
Tell us a little about what it’s like being a puppeteer in this production?
There are 10 puppets, more than 10 characters and only two puppeteers so it’s a busy show! But we work as a team and we’ve rehearsed a great routine between the two of us.
Why do you think young audiences love this kind of production in particular?
Everyone loves seeing one of their favourite books brought to life, and it’s a great show for anyone’s first ever theatre trip as they’ll know all the characters already.
What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see The Everywhere Bear?
It’s a highly accessible and very enjoyable show and we’d love to welcome you to join us at the Polka theatre this summer!