Review - Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - The Musical at the National Theatre | iokaishiatsupraktijk.comIf you want a good example of eclectic programming, consider this: earlier this year I was sat in the Dorfman watching Downstate , a play about a social house for a group of sex offenders. Last night, the same theatre was full of kids as they watched fat Gary Wilmot float to the sky in a hot air balloon. I may have left one show harrowed, but luckily, that was not the case with Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear. Set to new songs by Jim Fortune, Stanton brings this fantastical world to the stage for the first time as the loose storyline threads through a cascade of randomness and wonder. Perhaps, too much. The show has some real strengths. And the performances are strong, too.
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear review — inventive, mischievous and thrilling
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From there it just gets more delightfully weird and endlessly inventive. Nine-year-old Polly Keziah Joseph lives in Lamonic Bibber, a dozy sunflower-lined town in which nothing much happens. One day, a shaggy, snuffly and moulting bear Kate Malyon lumbers into town. They want him to dance so they can raise beer money. Along the way they meet Alan Taylor, possibly the only gingerbread scholar in the world, and eventually return Padlock to the wild.