Mouth Open,
Story Jump Out

with Polarbear

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Polarbear makes things up; stories, jokes, adventures – he’s a master maker-upper!

He’s been making things up since he was little… a tale here, a little story there, and as long as he isn’t lying that’s ok… isn’t it?

But one day, after his dad disappears, one of his stories gets a little bit out of control…

He forgot to do his homework, the whole class is staring at him, his favourite teacher is waiting and suddenly… his life is filled with international assassins, secret codes and dog-eating boa constrictors!

All the while he has to cope with his mum, his sister, his best friend, his favourite teacher, his class mates, his dog and maybe a dance competition.

Join Polarbear for a whirl-wind storytelling adventure in this one hour family show celebrating the creative potential inside all of us.

Recommended for: 8+

Breaking news! Polarbear was announced the winner of the 2019 CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) on 3 July at the National Theatre.

As part of the festival, ticket holders get free entry to Bottom’s Book Market. Click here to see what’s happening in this immersive space.




(all those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
All adults and children must purchase a ticket to the event

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online

 Running time: 1 hour, 11 am – 12noon | 2pm – 3pm

Part of the Shakespeare’s Telling Tales Festival 

A Battersea Arts Centre Production

Conceived and created by Polarbear

Co-commissioned by Southbank Centre Dramaturg – Yael Shavit

Designer – Marie Blunck

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‘In an ideal world, Birmingham-born storyteller Polarbear would be cloned and sent into every school and theatre in the land […] life-affirmingly brilliant.’

The Scotsman


‘The whole room gets electric as suggestions snapl cracklel and pop out of young mouths and Polarbear merrily melds them together […] an exuberant one-man show that makes everyone an accomplice in the act and art of story-telling’

Herald Scotland


‘The audience were thoroughly invested in Polarbear’s tale, fighting over small details and full of questions at the end.’

Irish Times

‘A great blend of interaction, story-telling, and – most importantly – of story­ inspiration for any little person you may know’

‘A lovely, lovely way to share our passion for stories and do something together.’

Emma and Stani, Mother and son




‘The best thing about the show was that he made it about us’

Reshma, Year 4 from Shaftesbury Primary School