Conceived in a dream, Bear North is a utopian vision about bears and beavers, buffalos and wolves.
An other-worldly show that is whimsical, comic and at times moving. It emerged from a song, the simplest song about fish, jumping, flying and dancing. Followed by another, this time about being trapped in a cave with a bear, ‘What are you gunna do about the bear in the cave?’ Like all of Brainfruit’s previous shows, the result is unclassifiable – crossing genres… and is great fun.
At the heart of the piece, there is dancing. The Dancing Bear, magnificently realised by prop maker Jackie Edgar - and Bear’s playmates ‘Wolf’ and ‘Buffalo’ The creation on the show was gradual, responding to more dreams, thoughts and feelings; soon a fictitious town emerged, Deep Water Point, population 794, and all of the wonderful characters that inhabit this very special place.
A run at the Brighton Fringe confirmed that this show had legs, or rather paws, and then the research and development (festival-field work) established that there was another home for this piece - on the street, playing to everyone.
The performers bring their skills to the floor, dancing to the infectious music and giving their interpretation of the kinetic world of Bear, Wolf, Buffalo.
"To enjoy Bear North to the full, it's best not to think too hard about any of this. The bear likes to dance; it just does. Let's just embrace the surrealism and get on with the show… Over time I found my mind was gently carried to a place of freshness and tranquillity. When the singers asked me to breathe the forest air, I really did take lungfuls in. By the time the hour was up, I'd accepted the bear as a fully-fledged character – a character, in fact, that I was rather fond of. In the end then, the tables were turned: it was me who danced to Bear North's tune." - Fringeguru
"This has been created by multi-award winning comedian and director Roy Hutchins – recent winner of the ‘Best Ensemble Production’ at the Wellington Fringe for ‘Fiery Tongues'. The show deepens, it creates its momentum. It has a very improvisational feel – meaning each show is different. Hutchins asks for suggestions from the audience – they’re a game crowd and supply them unstintingly… genuinely interactive…." - Highly Recommended Fringereview.com
Fringe Tags; Music, Comedy, Dance