The Bear at The Millennium Centre Cardiff

We were invited along to The Millennium Centre to see their new show The Bear. It was such a wonderful little show.

The show is based on the book of the same name by Raymond Briggs and has been adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles. It focuses on Tilly, a little girl with a big imagination and her parents.

Tilly is visited by a bear in the middle of the night who stays the next day and causes a bit of havoc (like you could imagine a bear would). It has a cast of only 3 people and the set is so wonderfully versatile. It was incredible to think so much happens with so little.



As we sat waiting for the show to begin the main character, Tilly went through the audience saying hello to the kids and introduced herself and ted. Pops loved it, as soon as we got home she was nodding her very own Teds head and getting me to shake hands with him too.

The show was witty and imaginative and great for the adults as well as the kids. I was so impressed by how effortlessly the story was told and how Tilly’s imagination was brought to life. The bear was large but not over powering, it moved beautifully with the help of the actors who also played Tilly’s Mum and Dad.

The show runs for approximately 55 minutes so it’s a nice length for younger children. The music and lively performances were more than enough to keep the kids entertained. The water pistol, bubbles and snow helped too! Be warned you may get a little be wet!

Pops has been fascinated by lights recently and I could hear her gasp at them through out the show, they helped change the mood throughout the show subtlety while still allowing the audience use their imaginations.

I love the idea of experiences and ways to be able to make memories as Christmas gifts. This would be the perfect thing to buy your family.

I would highly recommend The Bear for families and little ones this festive season. Tickets cost £10 and the show will be running from the 12th – 31st December.



Until the next post,

Are and Pops.



We were invited along to the press event and given tickets to the show. All opinions are our own.

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