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Family musical ‘How The Koala Learnt To Hug’ comes to East Yorkshire next month



Everybody knows that Koalas are just about the cutest critters alive but the Yorkshire Wolds are a long way from their tropical Australian home, so for Pocklington residents getting to see one can be a bit tricky. 

But thanks to Pocklington Arts Centre the charming family musical How The Koala Learnt To Hug, presented by The People’s Theatre Company, is set to bring the joy of koalas to everyone this September. 

Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, How The Koala Learnt To Hug is a charming tale about the magic of family and, of course, the importance of a nice warm hug! 

The show, suitable for ages 3 to 103, is based on the title story from How The Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairytales, a beautiful collection of ten tales by popular children’s author Steven Lee. 

The highly acclaimed show is touring once again to celebrate its tenth anniversary. 

Steven was primarily a playwright when he wrote the book having already had success with the musicals The Witch’s Bogey and Bink and The Hairy Fairy so he says that adapting his own book for the stage was a natural step.

“Hugs are timeless and wonderful reminders of our shared affection” Steven said. 

“They’re central to being part of any group that cares about one another but especially a family and I think that’s why people are so drawn to the show. 

“There’s nothing nasty in it. It’s just about the lovely things in life like picnics and nature and sharing time with your loved ones.

“Ultimately the show is a feel good piece of adorable optimism, illustrating how kindness and love can help overcome bad feelings – and that seems to be more relevant now than ever, bearing in mind the current circumstances,” he added. 

With a lovely message about the power of love to turn around even the grumpiest of moods this is adorable, wholesome entertainment for the whole family, and having garnered multiple five star reviews ten years ago it now looks set to charm a whole new generation of theatre goers. 

How The Koala Learnt To Hug will be live on stage at PAC on Saturday 18 September at 2.30pm

Tickets are £8.50 (adults), £8 (concessions) and £31.00 (family ticket) on sale now at or call the Box Office on 01759 301547. 

As an extra treat Steven will be in the foyer after the performance to Covid-safely sign copies of How The Koala Learnt To Hug and Other Australian Fairytales which will be on sale at a specially reduced rate.

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