Two Bears, Mummy Bear (Melissa Cavanagh) and Daddy Bear (Steven Stobbs) have decided to go for a picnic in the park whilst their son is at school. They meet up with Peter (Wayne Miller) who has followed them since he caught them rummaging through his bins. Whilst they discuss entering a local music show Gannabee Hellon (Stephen Sullivan) appears and spots potential if he captures the bears. Can Peter save the bears? Will the bears get a chance to perform music on stage?
The script is littered with jokes that the kids will get. Indeed, the kids around me were shouting out "I get it" and "he's behind you" ahead of any prompts from the stage. There was clearly plenty of panto regulars amongst the young South Shields crowd.
The songs with the exception of We Will Rock You, are modern, as fits a show for children. Accompanied by a small troupe of young dancers, the songs worked well with the feel of the show. The young dancers got a number of opportunities to show off their skills. Funnily enough, the dancing probably worked better with having a smaller group of dancers. There seems to be a temptation in some pantos to pack the stage with "babes", as they were once called. This may help ticket sales, as family flock to see their offspring on stage, but it doesn’t add to the production values.