2 Sep - 4 Oct 2015 For ages 2 - 5

A Unicorn / Filskit Theatre Company production

Breaking the Ice


  • Created and performed by Katy Costigan, Victoria Dyson and Sarah Shephard
  • Illustrations and Design by Paddy Molloy
  • Music composed and performed by Torgeir Vassvik
  • Sound Design by Edward Lewis
  • Lighting Design by Phil Bentley


★★★★ The Stage 

Have you heard the astonishing true story about the polar bear who made friends with a Husky? You can watch them playing together here.

Now we’ve created a show inspired by their unlikely friendship.

Join us on a journey into the snow where music, shadows and projection will transport you to a place where polar bears and Huskies really can be friends. Then watch as your child joins in with the adventure and takes their place on Team Polar Bear or Team Husky!

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About the music

The music in Breaking the Ice has been created for the show by Torgeir Vassvik.

Torgeir is a Sami vocalist and composer who comes from the northernmost point of the Norwegian mainland, Gamvik in Finnmark. Known for his endlessly inventive blend of ancient Sami folk music, sounds from nature, diverse instruments (including the saw, bells, viola, frame drums and guitars), Vassvik employs the traditional Sami practice of the joik, a form of long, slow, chant-style song formed deep in the throat, intended to act as an aural representation of an individual person, landscape or animal – a sort of portrait in sound. In recent years, Torgeir has brought the sounds of northern Norway to audiences across the world.

Watch a clip of Torgeir performing
 or check out more on his YouTube channel.

On tour

Catch Breaking the Ice at a venue near you!

23 - 25 Oct | the egg, Bath

24 Nov - 5 Dec | Salisbury Playhouse

18 - 19 Dec | Z arts, Manchester



'Visually and aurally rewarding, inclusive theatre with outstanding original music for the very young.' The Stage 

'exemplifies the company’s talent for storytelling and their remarkable ability to tap into their niche audience' A Younger Theatre


Under 18s: £15 / £10 for previews on 2 & 3 Sep
(ticket price includes 1 adult per child)

As there is limited space in the theatre, the price of £15 includes 1 adult with every child place. However, if you would like to book a place for an additional adult we are selling a limited number of adult tickets at £5. These tickets can only be booked by phone by calling our Box Office on 020 7645 0560 and are sold along with a £15 ticket.

School & nursery tickets: £10 with every eleventh ticket free.

Sat 12 Sep - Ice Ice Babies: musical play sessions

Join us after the performance for play time with music, instruments, hand puppets and lots of singing of much-loved songs! Please bring along a soft toy of your little one's favourite animal.

These events are part of UP Club+ and take place after each show. Tickets are £4 per child. Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

This is a deaf friendly production

The show will be highly visual with little or no language, therefore all performances will be suitable for deaf or hard of hearing audience members. 

Relaxed Performance
Friday 18 September 2015, 13.15


Breaking the Ice is Kindly Supported by:

  • The Norwegian Embassy
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Go back to the show
  • In the rehearsal studio

  • Torgeir Vassvik clip

    Torgeir Vassvik is a Sami musician from the Arctic region in Norway, he will be working with the company to create the score.