Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Going PUNting

Ok, look. It was never our intention to create a pun-based show, but let's be honest, everybody loves them. Well, they certainly do over at comedy website The Pun, where Songs in the Sea, Major? rates a mention in the top 5 puntastic show titles. The joke-amotive? We are in good company.

And this review of our Adelaide season in theatre blog, Neandellus, is awash with nautical puns.

"worth shelling out for—toe-tapping neptunes from start to finnyfish—it’ll mermake your day—a clamn dever show performed with lots of safetyflare—make room in the seabed, you’ll have a marritime, foreshore."


To be honest, though, my favourite pun of the past few weeks came from my favourite ride in Adelaide's Garden of Unearthly Delights - the chair-o-plane. Oh yes.

Monday, February 1, 2010


In preparation for setting sail to Adelaide, Margaret and Stu have posted a FACEBOOK PAGE!
So why not go there and click 'attending'? Even if you're not going to be in Adelaide, it will make us look like we have lots of friends! And isn't that the point of facebook, after all?

And what's with people who click 'maybe attending'? Just click 'yes' and then make your mind up later! Seriously!

So get into the facebook spirit and write nice things on the 'comments' bit about how much you're looking forward to the show. Because if you scratch our cyber-back, we'll scratch yours.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


TIM ROSS LOST AT SEA!Ok, maybe lost at sea is a bit of an exaggeration. But he has been offered a part in a film that is too good to pass up. So, Tim has walked the plank. And now, in the immortal words of The Lion King, 'our trio's down to two.'

But will that stop The Polar Bearings in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe? Hell no.

Catch Stu and Maggie as they dock in Adelaide for the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2nd - 14th of March), or when they anchor in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (27th of March - 7th of April).

Oh, yes, and Maggie's now on crutches. That should keep things interesting.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Margaret and Tim found Stu floating on a lilo. They asked him what life at sea had been like. He answered, in song:

- The Polar Bearings 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Are We?

Back to front: Tim Ross, Margaret Paul and Stuart Bowden.

The Polar Bearings are a new independent comedy trio from Melbourne.  Stuart Bowden, Margaret Paul and Tim Ross have been working together as actors, writers and musicians since 2004.

In 2010, they aim to be the first musical comedy trio to sail around the world.  But playing the ukulele is hard in a life jacket.

This year, Margaret and Stuart worked as writer/performers in 'Hark!' as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The Scotsman described it as "superb."

Stuart toured Australia in 2008 with Bell Shakespeare Company’s ‘Actors At Work’ program. He also performed in Hayloft Theatre’s ‘Yuri Wells,’ in the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival, which won the Adelaide Fringe Festival award.

Margaret is a regular contributor to The Age, and has written a thesis on the philosophy of comedy. She also co-wrote and performed in ‘Got Viking? A Musical Misadventure with Horns,’ which sold out in the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Tim performed stand-up around Adelaide for several years, before moving to Melbourne to study acting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Since graduating, Tim has performed for short film, theatre and television, including Channel 10’s Rush and Neighbours.

‘Songs in the Sea, Major?’ is the maiden voyage for the Polar Bearings. Stay tuned for dates for Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2010.
- The Polar Bearings

Buoy Meets Girl

John Birmingham has written this beautiful piece about why people care about Jessica Watson. 

"Many teenagers will die while Jessica Watson is at sea. Many of them, perhaps most of them, will die violently in car crashes.

Some will pour out what's left of their lives in a thin trickle of poisoned blood under a bridge, in a squat, or perhaps in some back street when they overdose on smack, or speed, or what ever household chemical their dealer used to cut that final shot. Some will be murdered by their partners. A few by strangers. Some  young girls will starve themselves to death. Some young men will die of the utterfoolishness that  characterises their gender at that age. And some, too many, will succumb to the creeping void and take their own lives.

The vast majority of teenagers, of course, will see out the next eight months as  they saw off the last eight – in a pointless round of sullen, hormone choked hissy fits, dark moods, vertiginous upswingsand long periods of eye glazing boredom. Perhaps they'll get in a little bit of binge  drinking at one of those booze fueled shag bracelet parties the tabloids are so worried about."

When I was 16, I had a drag of a friend's cigarette. Once. Ooh, the risk!

Jessica Watson is attempting to become the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. As the 16 year-old makes her way towards New Zealand, she told her blog she's enjoying the freedom.

"No deadlines, nothing to rush off to, I can eat whatever I like whenever I like, no one to send me off to bed!"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cabin Fever

The Courier Mail has some great photos of inside Jessica's boat, Ella's Pink Lady. 

Graffiti includes: 

"thx 4 all the amazing memories!! We've had the best times!! Don't know what I would have done without you since pre-school!! You have always been the bestest friend!!" =) Pam"

"Go you Legend! You prove 'em who's the Boss! Rock on Deano"

More pictures here: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/gallery/0,23816,5060257-17382-4,00.html