F*ck the Polar Bears

Bush Theatre

F*ck the Polar Bears

11 Sep 2015 - 24 Oct 2015

Pro reviewers rating
6 reviews

2.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

I dry my hair at the same time as boiling the kettle and watching Strictly, I use an electric blanket, how do I hate myself, let me count the ways!

Gordon has worked hard to get where he is. He’s on the verge of a massive promotion at one of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies. His wife Serena has worked hard too, and now dreams of a bigger house, a slimmer body, a happier life. The family appear to be cooking on gas.

But behind their perfect front door, light bulbs are blowing, the drains keep blocking, and a phone inexplicably refuses to charge. Not to mention that daughter Rachel’s adored toy polar bear is nowhere to be found.

As Gordon chases the spectres behind these mysterious events, he spirals out of control and the family are forced to ask whether the life they desire is worth its cost.

Tanya Ronder was commissioned by the Bush Theatre to write this funny and surreal new family drama about the power of the individual in a world obscured by politics.


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“Ronder's astringent, surreal new comedy... crackles along... Never quite penetrates the theatrical ozone layer. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Gordon and Serena are comic, criminally selfish, and terrifyingly comprehensible. ”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“Spends too long circling around the big issue before launching into an impassioned moral debate... Good performances. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A thin blooded, unsatisfying comedy about social responsibility and the environment. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Though there are grown-up issues at stake here, the characters are too obnoxious to be interesting... The tone... is confused. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Contemporary family drama that’s racked by environmental concerns... She might, more wryly, have called it “I’m a Fracking Mess””

Kate Bassett (The Times)

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