Commissioned by Contact.

This festive season, join us for a new and exciting show for children of all ages (and the older ones who look after them!)

There is a mystery in the forest – everyone has forgotten about dancing and bright lights and disco. Even Alexa – the virtual assistant from the Amazon Rainforest – can’t tell us why.

Meet Bear Hug, a creaky bear with a secret. Bear Minimum has a higgledy piggledy bedroom she can’t keep clean. Bear Grills just can’t keep his head cool.

Until one day, Red (who is 9 and scared of nothing!) explodes on to the scene, changing the bears’ lives forever.

Fun for everyone – no matter what your family looks like. 

Booking information

Each performance is accessible to D/deaf audience members through the use of creative sign, involving the use of sign language, and visual storytelling used throughout.

The performance on Saturday 22 December, 2pm will be also BSL interpreted by Kate Labno. Watch the BSL introduction to the show here.

A relaxed performance will take place on Saturday 15 December, 11am. Click here to view the visual story.

Groups or schools interested in attending a relaxed performance or wanting to discuss specific access requirements, please contact Ailbhe Treacy on or 0161 274 0602.

Audio Description

This show is accessible to blind and visually impaired people through the integration of creative audio description. Touch tours available upon request before each show.

Listen to an Audio Description of the characters below:



Bear Grills

Bear Hugs

Bear Minimum

Dinner and a Show

The Engine Room Bar and Restaurant at Hope Mill Theatre will be open for you to enjoy a drink and something to eat before the performance.

Drinks and light snacks will be available from 10am.

For audiences to the 2pm shows there will also be Bear Boxes available to pre-order 24 hours prior to performance via

The full restaurant menu with bear themed pizzas, toasties and nachos will be available to audiences of the 7pm show and can be viewed here.

This event takes place at Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard St, Manchester M4 7JA


Commissioned by Contact.
Written by Jackie Hagan.
Directed by Nickie Miles-Wildin.
Presented by Contact and Hope Mill Theatre.

Image credit: Laura Skilbeck

  • Price
    £13 / £7 concessions.
  • Venue

    Hope Mill Theatre, 113 Pollard St, Manchester M4 7JA

  • Ages
    Family friendly
  • Booking info

    If you or anyone in your party have any specific access requirements please contact Ailbhe on 0161 274 0602 or

  • Genre
  • Lee Baxter
  • Lee Baxter
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  • Lee Baxter