A bear in the army

THE remarkable story of a bear who served in the army will be brought to the stage of Bath’s egg theatre on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th March.

The Quarter Too Ensemble is touring the UK with Wojtek: The Happy Warrior, and it is performed in Bath at 11.30am and 3pm on both days.

It is the playful retelling of the unbelievable true story of Private Wojtek, enlisted into the Polish Army Corp during World War II. Private Wojtek was no ordinary soldier – he was a Syrian Brown Bear, who lived with his Polish soldier comrades in the Middle East and eventually saw action with his Artillery Company at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Through ensemble storytelling, live music and physical characterisation, the company encapsulates many of the true events that surrounded Wojtek and his comrades. Watch Wojtek wrestle, ride in army trucks and aid the fight in the largest land battle of World War 2, brought to life with a rag-tag selection of army issue objects. performance imagines how how Wojtek saw his own story and how the conflict of war can leave some with nothing to go back for.

After the war, Wojtek travelled to Scotland with his unit in search of a new life, and spent the end of his days as a resident of the Edinburgh Zoo.

The show is suitable for audiences aged seven and older, and their families.  For more details, telephone 01225 448844 or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk