The White Bear King

storytelling and music by Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen Chadwick
17 December 2022
Exeter Custom House, Exeter

The White Bear King is the perfect wintery romance. Storyteller and writer Sally Pomme Clayton and singer and composer Helen Chadwick weave together words and songs, images and sounds, to conjure the eternal quest for love.  They take you on a snowy journey through a dark, Scandinavian fairytale with a polar bear and a princess and songs drawing on poetry  from Rumi to Emily Dickinson. The fairytale is set in a world of ice and snow, frost and firesides, where the princess climbs a glass mountain to set a cursed bear free, but is she brave enough to undo the terrible Troll Hag’s spell?

The show is 70 minutes with no interval. Perfect for family audiences with children aged 10 and up. Come along when the doors open at 5.30pm to enjoy a festive mince pie and mulled wine before the show! Click here for tickets.

Sally-Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer creating performances, books, plays, and texts, bringing fairytales and fragments of forgotten myths to new life. She worked with Helen Chadwick creating The Singing Bones and has been one of her creative collaborators on many of her performances. Pomme is the author of 14 children’s books, and an associate artist at Omnibus Theatre.

Helen Chadwick: At the heart of her work is song, and her songs and performances are full of stories. She has collaborated with Sally Pomme Clayton on The Singing Bones, a story-song version of the Kalevala. With Hugh Lupton she collaborated on several duo and group performances. With teams of collaborators, she creates concerts, recordings, song-theatre performances, song-story performances, community opera and site-specific choral events. Composing credits include:  English Touring Opera; the BBC; the Royal Shakespeare Company; the National Theatre; the Royal Court, and the British Museum.

More information on Helen's workshops and activities here.

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