The Giant & The Bear (2012)

A family adventure for players of all ages, experience and levels of daring.

The Giant & The Bear was made for Leeds as part of the official London 2012 Festival coinciding with the Olympic games and it was FUN. We were hugely proud of this show and everyone that worked on it, bringing The Giant’s Big Top™ to Quarry Hill. You can read reviews/responses to the show from:


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Audiences rolled up at the Playhouse for games and adventures before a heart-popping finale in the Giant’s Big Top™.

They cheered the death defying stunts of the Flying Ballerina! Gasped at the freakish contortions of Hanging Hoop Girl! They laughed at the Rollerskating Bear before finally helping him to realise his lifelong ambition of FLYING!

The Giant & The Bear

The Giant & The Bear was created by Unlimited Theatre in collaboration with circus artist Layla Rosa of Shunt and game design studio Hide & Seek as part of the official London 2012 Festival.

Written by Clare Duffy, Layla Rosa, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe

Cast: Girisho Gordon, Sebastien Lawson, Maddie McGowan, Roisin Morris, Rosie Rowlands, Jon Spooner Directors: Jon Spooner and Layla Rosa Associate Director: Clare Duffy  Rigger: Reuben Moseley Designers: Lord Whitney Lighting Designer: Tim Skelly Sound Designer: Mic Pool Original Music by David Edwards Costumes: Selina Nightingale  Production Management: Graeme Nixon Stage Management: Frances Andrews Technical Management: Steve Watling Asst Tech/Stage Management: Heather Newsham Rayon Rose Tattoo Caravan: Alison McIntyre and Ginny Scholey

Development supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace programme. Additional support from Arc StocktonThe Albany in London and Jacksons Lane. Commissioned by imove and produced in association with Leeds Playhouse.

Sorry if you missed the show. It’s was PLAYFUL.

Please note that The Giant’s CircusTM cannot accept any responsibility for the safety of anyone trying to feed The Bear.