The White Bear King: storytelling and music from Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen Chadwick

Exeter Custom House, 46 The Quay, Exeter, EX2 4AN
The White Bear King: storytelling and music from Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen Chadwick


The White Bear King 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. [//]

This event will be in-person at Exeter Custom House. We have increased capacity at Quay Words events, so you may be sitting next to someone who is not in your household. We are still taking precautions to ensure our audiences are protected from Covid 19. For this reason we ask that you please consider wearing a mask when not seated and moving around the building. We will be keeping windows open to ensure good ventilation in the building so you may want to bring an extra layer. Please do not attend Quay Words events if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are feeling unwell. 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.

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The White Bear King: storytelling and music from Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen Chadwick (17 Dec 2022)

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