Can Bears Ski?
18th November - 24th February
50 minutes approx
Suitable for ages 3+ and their families. All performances will be a mix of British Sign Language and Spoken English. 

The Pied Piper Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre present a retelling of a story by Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar

Dad Bear stops and looks directly at me.
"Your friend was saying hello. Why did you ignore him?"
"I didn't." I didn't.
Then Dad Bear asks again, CAN BEARS SKI?
Is that really what he's asking me?

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.

Can Bears Ski? is based on the book by poet Raymond Antrobus, Ted Hughes award-winner, who draws on his own experience as a deaf child in a hearing world.

With a set inspired by Polly Dunbar's stunning illustrations, puppetry and music, Pied Piper Theatre Company is delighted to be working with Paula Garfield and Deafinitely Theatre to bring this beautiful story to the stage.

Can Bears Ski? tours to schools and theatres from 18 November 2023 — 25 February 2024. Public performances are listed below, with more to be announced and on sale soon. Join our mailing list here to be the first to find out about further performances in London and across the UK.

Teacher Resources

Education Pack 

Little Bear's Maze!

Spelling with Signs

Word Search

Mountain Run!

Meet our cast! 

Read their full biographies here


Paula Garfield announces the show


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