Co-creator and Performer (Big Polar Bear)
Eilidh MacAskill is a performer, theatre maker and live artist who has been creating high-quality and accessible experimental work for the past 14 years for both adults and children. She pushes at the edges of theatre and other artforms whilst cultivating an entertaining and engaging stage presence. Recent projects include her solo show STUD (BUZZCUT, Live Collision in Dublin, Camden People’s Theatre), The Polar Bears Go Up (Unicorn Theatre), How To Be A Christmas Tree (Cumbernauld Theatre), The Worm Inspectors (Eco Drama), Conference Call of the Birds (Creative Scotland Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme Commission), The Polar Bears Go Wild (macrobert, Traverse, Unicorn), Near And Far (Tramway), Swap Shop (National Theatre of Scotland). She is an associate artist with the National Theatre Studio, London, and is currently working as research artist with Imaginate on the Gendersaurus Rex project exploring gender and sexuality in children’s performance.
Co-creator and performer (Little Polar Bear)
Fiona trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is a Clowndoctor with Hearts and Minds. Fiona works extensively throughout Scotland and has had the pleasure to work with National Theatre of Scotland, Junction 25, Starcatchers, Tramway, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Frozen Charlotte, among others. Most notable is Fiona's work with Fish & Game Theatre in her role as creator and performer of the Polar Bears Go Up! She has recently established Elie Street Productions and will be performing and directing Christmas at the Circus (Cumbernauld Theatre). Previous work includes: How to be a Christmas Tree, The Polar Bears Go Wild, Everyone's A Winner, Baby! (Fish & Game) Common Man, Tin Forrest, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, Swap Shop (National Theatre of Scotland ). Her performance for young audiences with Fish & Game has taken her to Imaginate and Take Off theatre festivals and the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase 2017.
Plays directed at the Theatre Royal Bath and The Egg include: MOOMINLAND MIDWINTER (ad. Hattie Naylor), HEIDI- A GOAT'S TALE (ad. Andrew Pollard), THE JUDGEMENT OF MACBETH (Hattie Naylor), BROKEN WINGS (Sarah Daniels), THE FRENCH DETECTIVE AND THE BLUE DOG (Hattie Naylor), BROKEN HALLELUJAH (Sharman Macdonald), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (ad. Hattie Naylor), BEN HUR (ad. Hattie Naylor) HIS DARK MATERIALS (ad. Nicholas Wright), PETER PAN, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (ad.Toby Hulse) GUYS AND DOLLS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MY LIFE AS A FAIRYTALE (Hattie Naylor), WAR DADDY (Jim Grimsley) THE NUTCRACKER (ad. Hattie Naylor), MY LIFE IN THE SILENTS (Timothy Mason),THE ODYSSEY (ad.Hattie Naylor), ANIMAL FARM (ad. Peter Hall)
Claire is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Master of Fine Art, Queen Margaret University and has been fortunate to work with Wee Stories previously on Hickory Dickory Dock and The Sun, The Moon and a Boy Called River. Recent design credits include: The View From Castle Rock (Stellar Quines/Edinburgh International Book Festival) Polar Bears Go Up (Unicorn/Fish and Game) The Devil’s Larder (Grid Iron) Whisky Galore (National Theatre of Scotland). She has also designed for many Scottish companies including Borderline/Hirtle, Ros Sydney, A Moment’s Peace, Grinagog, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre, Frozen Charlotte, Visible Fictions, Macrobert Arts Centre, Platform, Smallpetitklein, Magnetic North and Birds of Paradise. She is co-founder of The Envelope Room, a network set up to support and promote stage designers in Scotland.
As a composer / performer he has worked with companies including: Curious Seed, Lung Ha, Dundee Rep, Fish & Game, Macrobert, Frozen Charlotte and Starcatchers.
Kate designs lighting for a variety of live performance and events, nationally and internationally. Recent credits include The Red Shed (Mark Thomas/Lakin McCarthy); The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil with Dundee Rep; The Voice Thief with Catherine Wheels which was shortlisted for Best Design and won Best Production for Children and Young People in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland; Cuckooed with Mark Thomas/The Traverse, which won a Fringe First Award and an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. She has also led the design of the Enchanted Forest since 2013.
The Polar Bears and Unicorn Theatre co-production
Created and performed by Eilidh MacAskill and Fiona Manson
Directed by Lee Lyford
The Polar Bears are moving up in the world.
They’ve lost their balloon and they need to get it back.
It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up.
One thing’s for sure, the only way is up!
These two lovable Polar Bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions. This time they’ll be climbing trees, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars as they race all the way up to space. Of course, they’ll stop for sandwiches on the way!
For ages 2-5
Running time: 50 mins