The Tin Bath Theatre Company’s “Bee Detective” is a real joy for the target audience (children aged 6+) and good fun for accompanying adults. The play takes place in a tent which has been turned into a beehive themed set, with plenty of colour, vibrancy and imagination. The story is based around 3 main characters – the Queen Bee, and her son BarnaBee and daughter SophieBee. Sophie turns detective when many of the worker bees start disappearing, and she makes it her mission to find out what’s happened to them. Along the detective journey there are plenty of laughs, comical farce, music, ‘waggle dancing’ and a smattering of education too – the script is interwoven with many facts about bees. The actors used British Sign Language as well as speech to deliver the play, and there were subtitles on a screen, making it accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
The characters are very humorous and larger than life with lots of flamboyancy – which really engaged our 3 year old too, even though he was too young to understand the story fully.
My 6 year old daughter thought the Bee Detective was awesome. She was thoroughly engaged throughout, and her favourite parts were the waggle dance, Sophie Bee’s character and interaction from the characters. It also definitely helped her learn more about bees.
In all, I would thoroughly recommend the Bee Detective as a really fun theatre show for children. It is very well pitched at the target age group, the audience was thoroughly absorbed, with many giggles and lots of interesting bee facts learnt too!
To find out more about this year’s Brighton Festival (5th-27th May 2012) please visit www.brightonfestival.org.
To find out more about the Bee Detective, visit the Tin Bath Theatre Company website : http://tinbaththeatre.com/