Show dates: The Giant & The Bear happened in and around a Big Top tent we pitched in the car park at the West Yorskshire Playhouse, Leeds June 2012

Performances: Not currently available for booking. No current performances.

Duration: 90 minutes

For ages: Anyone aged 4 and over

Who's the show for? People of all ages, experience and levels of daring who like uplifting stories, games and flying bears.

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Unlimited in collaboration with Layla Rosa (Shunt) and Hide & Seek

commissioned by imove  

Produced in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Full credits for everyone involved in this show

Written by Clare Duffy, Layla Rosa, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe Cast: Girisho Gordon, Sebastien Lawson, Maddie McGowan, Roisin Morris, Rosie Rowlands, Jon Spooner Directors: Jon Spooner and Layla Rosa Associate Director: Clare Duffy  Rigger: Reuben Moseley Designers: Lord Whitney Lighting Designer: Tim Skelly Sound Designer: Mic Pool Original Music by David Edwards Costumes: Selina Nightingale  Production Management: Graeme Nixon Stage Management: Frances Andrews Technical Management: Steve Watling Asst Tech/Stage Management: Heather Newsham Rayon Rose Tattoo Caravan: Alison McIntyre and Ginny Scholey

The Giant & The Bear  was made for Leeds as part of the official London 2012 Festival coinciding with the Olympic games and it was FUN. We were hugely proud of this show and everyone that worked on it, bringing The Giant’s Big Top™ to Quarry Hill. You can read reviews/responses to the show from:

• Culture Vulture here

• in The Guardian here

• and the Yorkshire Evening Post here

Audiences rolled up at the Playhouse for games and adventures before a heart-popping finale in the Giant’s Big Top™.

They cheered the death defying stunts of the Flying Ballerina! Gasped at the freakish contortions of Hanging Hoop Girl! They laughed at the Rollerskating Bear before finally helping him to realise his lifelong ambition of FLYING!

The Giant & The Bear was created by Unlimited Theatre in collaboration with circus artist Layla Rosa of Shunt and game design studio Hide & Seek as part of the official London 2012 Festival.

Development supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace programme. Additional support from Arc StocktonThe Albany in London and Jacksons Lane.

Sorry if you missed the show. It’s was PLAYFUL.

Please note that The Giant’s CircusTM cannot accept any responsibility for the safety of anyone trying to feed The Bear.

A must-see for anyone with youngsters of any ages, from toddlers to big boys, who fancy a walk on the wild side.

- Yorkshire Evening Post

A memorably original and different kind of performance experience for family audiences.

- The Guardian

Brilliant - my kids loved it, and it gave me a sense of spectacle that I haven't had in a theatre for a while.

- Farzana, mum

News for this show

Rehearsal Photos - The Giant & The Bear

We're already halfway through rehearsals for The Giant & The Bear.  Our Big Top is in place, our circus family are regularly flying through the air, and there's a helpful looking bear dashing around on rollerskates.

Tickets are on sale and moving fast - we open next Friday (29th) and we're excited about welcoming everyone to The Giant's Circus very soon.

In the meantime, here's a sneak peak from rehearsals, with a fun video shot at The Hangar last month, and some great images from Simon Allen who's ...

Giant & Bear poster!

Check out the fantastic poster for The Giant & The Bear - designed by the awesome folks at What Is Language?

Love it. Right click on the image to download a PDF you can print and stick up on your bedroom wall, in your workplace, school, cafe, pub etc.



Giant & Bear playlist...

Mostly the music for The Giant & The Bear is being composed by the brilliant Minotaur Shock. Last night I was thinking about the other music - songs and underscoring for some of the acts that will be performed in our Big Top. It was a fun job. And I really like the playlist that resulted. So here, for your Friday enjoyment, is that playlist.



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