One the Bear

Arts Centre Melbourne

Event Date: 
8 August 2019 to 10 August 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Arts Centre Melbourne, Black Honey Company

Hip hop theatre for radical hearts.

Written wholly in rhyme with infectious beats, neon projections and powerful performances, enter a stunning dystopic world that’s gone wild with celebrity.

One the Bear is a game changing production for young people and audiences with curious minds. Pushing the boundaries of form, style and storytelling, this brave new work of hip hop theatre is guaranteed to burst your senses and expand your mind.

This is the story of a young bear who wants more for her tribe. Set in a rubbish tip, where garbage sparkles and catches on beams from broken streetlights, One (Candy Bowers) and her best friend, Ursula (Ashleyrose Gilham), get up to mischief, spit rhymes and mourn the dank life they lead. The two orphan cubs rail against living under Hunter law and dream of the days when bears were free; eating fresh fish rather than packaged fish-fingers.

But what happens when One is given the opportunity to speak for her community? What happens when fame knocks at the door?

Exploring themes of identity, body image, fame, friendship, oppression, colonialism and celebrity; this work was created by real-life sisters Candy Bowers and Kim Busty Beatz Bowers who together have been creating award-winning innovative theatre for over 15 years.