‘Pop-up’ play appears in library

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Youngsters at Hucknall Library were enthralled by a ‘pop-up’ theatre production last week.

‘A Boy and a Bear in a Boat’ is touring Nottinghamshire’s libraries in a bid to encourage more visits from youthful readers.

Featuring stormy seas and a giant sea monster, it tells the tale of a boy and a bear who embark on an epic journey in a tiny boat and will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in mid-August.

Dozens of visitors went to see the show, presented by The Spark Arts for Children, in the library’s children’s area, last Tuesday. The play is based on the 2012 book by Dave Shelton and was adapted by playwright Stewart Melton.

Councillor John Knight, committee chairman for culture, said: “The play is a funny, thoughtful and thrilling adventure for everyone five years and older.”