A selection of performances, talks and events starting at 1pm. Tickets £12 (£10 conc) and includes a light lunch at the bar. (Available Menu details in ‘read more’ section). Events will last approximately 30-35 minutes, with lunch afterwards.
Lunchtimes at the Bear begins with Her Body is a Minefield, 2nd -5th May.
Upcoming Events at Lunchtimes
2nd-5th May: “Her Body is a Minefield”
An allegorical and critical exploration through performance of mental and physical co-dependence, Her Body is a Minefield is a physicalisation of mental process through the story of four internal organs, The Brain, The Lungs, The Heart and The Digestive System, as they debate their relationship to the body they are part of. Written by Sofie Redland and directed by Samara Gannon.
10th May – “Hello, Where Are You From”
A New Zealander living in London and inveterate traveller, Simon Acland is a broadcaster, storyteller and priest. For ten years he shared his ‘Thoughts from Abroad’ on New Zealand National Radio. A Burmese football tournament, fishing in a paddy field, and holy places, all figure.
17th May – “Sir Edward Heath – The Man Behind The Mask”
Former government advisor and parliamentary candidate Michael McManus’s most recent book, published last July to considerable acclaim, is Edward Heath: A Singular Life, which brings together candid, first-hand testimony from over seventy of Heath’s closest friends, advisers and colleagues. In this talk, Heath the man – as well as Heath the public figure – is fully revealed. Michael will also be signing copies of his book after the event.
24th May – “Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Home Counties Horror”
How did a tiny Thames-side film company suddenly find its métier in Gothic horror and trigger an international revival of a long-dormant genre? Find out how Hammer Film Productions hit their stride and why Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, in their signature roles as Baron Frankenstein and Count Dracula, were crucial to Hammer’s success. Jonathan Rigby – Lee’s authorised biographer and also the writer of the acclaimed horror histories English Gothic, American Gothic and Euro Gothic – is the ideal guide.
31st May – “It’s Part of the Ageing Process”
Simon Acland rounds off this lunchtime series with stories, sad, funny, comfortable and uncomfortable, of getting old.
25th-27th May – “Scaffolding” (25th/27th) and “The Consultation” (26th)
Presented by Stephen Lloyd and Harry ter Haar, The Consulatation and Scaffolding are two new comedies dealing with egos, art and the desperaton to be a legendary artist. The two plays will also run as a double bill at 7pm on 29th May.
Wild garlic and spinach soup, garlic croutons
Crab cake, seasonal salad
Cumberland sausage sandwich, fries
Fish finger sandwich, fries
Wild mushrooms on toasted sourdough