The White Bear

17 Dec 2022

doors open at 5.30pm, performance at 6.30pm,—finishes at 7.45pm

Quay Words, Exeter Custom House

The White Bear 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?

70 minutes running time, no interval. Perfect for family audiences with children aged 10 and up. Come along when the doors open to enjoy a festive mince pie and mulled wine before the show!
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.

(illustration by Norwegian artist Theodor Kittlesen)
This event is going to be filmed for live broadcast on Crowdcast. You may appear on screen. Please only book if you are happy with this.

We can accommodate free tickets for carers or personal assistants if needed. Please email us on after booking to let us know if you would like to book one of these tickets.

Event details


17 Dec 2022


doors open at 5.30pm, performance at 6.30pm, – finishes at 7.45pm


Exeter Custom House


£8.00 - £10.00


mulled wine and mince pies available, this is not a children's show

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