By Editor Colin Hambrook
Part of the Unlimited Cultural Olympiad programme and the London 2012 Festival, Tin Bath Theatre's 'Bee Detective' is an outdoor theatre show for deaf and hearing children.
In parks and squares across the UK this summer, children will be invited to step into the inner sanctum of a bee hive to help solve a honey bee murder mystery as Sophie Bee, champion forager, turns detective to track down the honey bees when they go missing from the Queen Bee’s birthday party.
Bee Detective is an interactive, multisensory adventure. The actors speak and sign at the same time, integrating sign as an essential part of the dramaturgy.
Additional projected animation and creative captioning make the show both accessible and dynamic. Through vibration effects children will be able to feel the buzzing of the bees, and will be invited to join in the “waggle dance” that is used by bees to explain where pollen and nectar can be found in the outside world.
Bee Detective is Sophie Woolley's first play aimed at children aged 6+ and was created out of an interest in writing about environmental issues and telling the story of why bees are endangered.
The show got an endorsement from acclaimed children's author Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo) during the premiere run as part of the Brighton Festival who said it was: “great fun for deaf and for hearing children – and I learned a lot about bees!”
You can also watch an interview with Sophie Woolley by Memnos Costi on BBC's See Hear programme.
Tin Bath Theatre's Bee Detective will be buzzing as part of the London 2012 Festival, which takes place from 21 June until 9 September 2012.
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, WALES.
23 & 24 June performances at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm.
Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YU, NORTHUMBERLAND.
13-15 July Three shows a day at 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm
Southbank Centre, LONDON
31 August, 1st September, 2nd September performances at 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm