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A moving story about growing up as a deaf child in a hearing world

Little Bear can’t hear Dad Bear calling, but feels the floor vibrate with heavy footsteps... Little Bear can’t catch the funny joke at school when friends are laughing but feels the crunch of snow on frozen pavements. Join Little Bear and Dad Bear as they learn how there are many ways to communicate love, and to find your place in the world.

The Pied Piper Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre are delighted to announce a UK tour of award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus’ Can Bears Ski? in a new adaptation for the stage by Tina Williams, Artistic Director of the Pied Piper Theatre Company, who will co-direct the production with Paula Garfield, Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre.

The story draws on the writer’s own experience of being a deaf child in a hearing world and is brought to life on stage with puppetry, music, British Sign Language and spoken English in a world première production for hearing and deaf young people aged 3+ and their families.

The production opens at The Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham on 18 November, and visits 86 schools across the UK, with public performances in many towns and cities as part of a 14-week tour culminating on 24 February 2024. The tour includes 19 performances for deaf schools and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities units.

CAN BEARS SKI? - 16 November – 24 February 2024

Further Information:  The Pied Piper Theatre Company - Shows