Jimmy’s Farm recently hit the headlines when they welcomed a new polar bear into their wildlife park earlier this year.
But they aren’t the only place in the county where you can find them roaming around freely.
I got to confront four in a theatre based at Suffolk New College this week.
One was even trying to order a pizza on a mobile phone.
Of course, they weren’t real polar bears. They were four actors dressed up as bears performing in a new play called Green Dreams.
The show is a grandiose collaboration between the college and a company called Climate Change Theatre Action who commission playwrights to create short plays relating to an aspect of the climate crisis.
As a result of the partnership, an immersive and interactive production has been created.
In the first half, the audience physically walks to different locations where they get to see three stories that incorporate flooding and fires, a magical New York City that has been overrun by nature in a good way and a story based on a plane where how we look after our planet is questioned – less snakes on a plane – more mistakes on a plane.
Then after a short interval, I got threatened by a polar bear, saw two music videos (created with the support of media students and staff), witnessed a sustainable fashion show (using outfits made by textile students) and saw a couple of powerful dance numbers that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Strictly.
There is so much to take in and as an audience member, the third wall between actor and audience is constantly challenged.
It was a real bombardment of the senses and having previously been along to successful productions at this establishment – it’s fair to say that Suffolk New College has done it again.
You also had some great music with numbers from Gloria Gaynor, Michael Jackson, and Pink Floyd popping up – and the college is clearly committed to climate change – so hats off to them.
Overall it was a complex production that brought a fresh take on a serious subject that challenged you from start to finish.
Review by John Nice