Can Bears Ski?

Pied Piper Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre present

Can Bears Ski?

A retelling of a story by Raymond Antrobus and Polly Duntbar


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 Dunbarʼs stunning illustrations, puppetry and music, Pied Piper Theatre Company and Deafinitely Theatre are delighted to bring this beautiful story to the stage.

Text Copyright © 2020 Raymond Antrobus. Illustration Copyright © 2020 Polly Dunbar. From CAN BEARS SKI? written by Raymond Antrobus and illustrated by Polly Dunbar. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ.

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A selection of drinks and snacks

Food & Drink

Our light and airy Riverbank Kitchen, with its riverside garden, is open for delicious fresh, homemade dishes and snacks during the day and pre-show.

It’s large enough to accommodate everyone, from families with buggies and social groups, to those looking for a peaceful spot to work.

The menu includes plenty of thoughtful vegetarian and vegan options as well as several children's meals.



Tickets £10

Tickets must be purchased for both children and accompanying adults.

The following concessions apply on standard tickets:

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Venue: Mill Studio

Running Time: Approximately 50 minutes, with no interval

Show Times

Sat 27 Jan 2024 - 11am, 2pm & 4pm


All performances will be in spoken English and British Sign Language.

To book accessible tickets and discuss your access requirements, please contact our Box Office.
For more info on Accessibility, click here.

Advisory Info

Ages 3+

Children must be accompanied by an adult.