A playful and musical interpretation of a well known tale – with porridge and bears and one two three chairs.
A tale that's not too big and not too small but just right.
So you think you know this story? Well, take it from us, it's not so easy to tell when it's wintertime and the bears won't wake up – Zzzzzzzzz – what do bears dream about?
But spring in the air puts a spring in all our steps and one little girl is always a step ahead. And when small bear gets lost, we all have to go on a bear hunt!
Written and directed by Lizzie Allen
Designed by Simon Hatfield and Lizzie Allen
Performed by Simon Hatfield
Original music composed by Dominic Sales
Music played by Howard Jacobs on bass clarinet, Piero Tucci on accordian, Maeve Larkin on vocals and Dominic Sales on percussion and keyboard.
Chair painting by Kim Naumann
Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?
“I found it one of the most sensitive adaptations of this story I have yet seen. The children were very engaged, and I think this was to do with the lovely juxtaposition between the traditional and the contemporary concepts within the piece .. Some of the technical aspects were inspired and absolutely intriguing! It was beautifully played ...a lovely well rounded piece of theatre”
Director, Isaacs UK – Cultural Learning
“As usual we were staggered by your performance. Your dedication to the preparation of all the intricate detail and your perfect timing left us astounded. Please continue to create such beautiful dramas”
Steeton Primary, West Yorkshire
“Thank you for another memorable and special visit. You are a magical oasis in a hectic, frenetic world. The children were entranced. We all loved it”
Coombe Hill Infants, Kingston upon Thames
“I have had the opportunity to book and watch many live theatre performances over the years and I can honestly say that this show was one of the best ... Simon was a natural with the children and they seemed totally enthralled by him and his performance... I would highly recommend it to anyone”
The Hive Music and Media Arts Centre, Shrewsbury
Photograph © Roger V Moody
Who's Been Sitting in My Chair? completes our trilogy of shows featuring a bear in a leading role. So far we have had a bear for all seasons (Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales), a bear in wolf's clothing (Little Red...You Know Who!) and now a small wee bear (Who's Been Sitting in my Chair) who is part of his very own trilogy of bears!
We have discovered that bears provide ideal empathy characters for our young audiences. Bears are familiar and affectionate and they can be both mischievous and wise. The bear in each production has had a different quality and appearance but all have had the ability to evoke in the children watching the production strong feelings of compassion and concern.