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Michael Rosen, Discover, UK

Bringing a narrative to life via lighting design is a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things is an exhibition at the Discover Children’s Story Centre, London.

Working closely with the in-house design team, Michael Grubb Studio developed a theatrical lighting scheme that supported the various stories on display.

The role of lighting is intended to encourage participation and create a sense of wonder.

Children can step inside a huge chocolate cake, discover a secret larder, swishy swashy, sposh, splosh their way through a Bear Hunt and explore Bad Things in the Dread Shed.

The exhibition features hidden rooms where clues reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing, including his grandparents’ sitting room and his classroom.

Younger children can participate in the Bear Hunt trail whilst older children can explore a fun fact-finding mission and create poems of their own to takeaway.

The exhibition has received noted praise from the media, including The Guardian, Independent and ITV.

Michael Rosen explained, ‘This exhibition is one of the most exciting things to have happened in my writing career.”

“I am someone who has found a way of writing that is often about digging up stuff to do with my past and here is Discover making that into a giant room that families and schools can explore.”

“This exhibition acts as a springboard for children, teachers and parents to talk together about things that they remember or think up, and this, I hope, will turn into writing and performing new poems and stories.”

A project Michael Grubb Studio are delighted to be part of.


Discover Children's Story Centre

Scope of Works

Technical Design, Construction, Programming, Commissioning & Focusing

Design Team

Discover & Michael Grubb Studio


Discover Children's Story Centre


London, UK