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BEES! A Musical 13 Feb - 13 Mar 2016

A musical show for Ages 6+ filled with buzzing and songs, dancing and flying. Oh and you’ll learn lots of important things about bees along the way!

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 different types of bees? The bumble bee, the solitary bee, the mining bee, the spelling bee, the vitamin B...

And then there’s Mel, who is a honey bee. She can’t find her colony. She got left behind, you see. In fact, she’s not even sure how to be a bee!

On the journey to find her home she has some amazing adventures as she meets Luke, the bumblebee and Marsha, the solitary bee. She learns how to fly, discovers some of the dangers in her world, finds her first flowers and experiences the value of true friendship along the way.

BEES! is a funny, factual foray into the lives of pollinators and their importance for us humans which will have you singing along and leaving with a mission to fill your world with bee-friendly plants.

Take a look at the trailer...

Accessible Performances

There will be an autism friendly performance of BEES! on Tue 16 February at 12.15pm. Autism friendly performances are aimed at families or school groups with children who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities. This will be a relaxed performance, that will be tailored for the comfort of your child. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark, we will warn you of any loud noises and we will have a special chill-out area where your child can relax. An autism friendly information pack, with photographs and a synopsis of the play which may assist your child to prepare for the performance, can be dowloaded here.

An Irish Sign Language performance will be interpreted by Caroline O’Leary on Sun 6 March at 4pm. Facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland

For further information please contact The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or

Curricular Links...

Attending and reflecting on theatre performances with your class will explore many of the key strands of the Drama and English curricula, particularly in relation to: examining the relationship between story, theme and life experience; using insights arising out of dramatic action to draw conclusions about life and people; receptiveness to language; competence and confidence in using language; emotional and imaginative development through language; reflection on drama and listening and responding.

BEES! also explores elements of the Science curriculum including:

Environment Awareness & Care - Develop an awareness of the interdependence of the living and non-living elements of environments. Encourage a positive environmental action and a commitment to sustainable life-styles and instil in them a sense of personal and community responsibility as custodians of the earth.

Living Things - The wide variety of living organisms both plant and animal in the local and global environments. The life process including nutrition, movement, growth and reproduction, common to animals including humans. The life process, including growth, nutrition and reproduction common to plants.

You can download the BEES! Classroom Activity Pack with suggested activities to support your visit to see the show.

About WillFredd Theatre...

WillFredd Theatre was founded in 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. They are Co-Artistic Directors Sophie Motley and Sarah Jane Shiels and Producer Kate Ferris. WillFredd's work engages with contemporary culture, actively inviting new audiences into the theatre. Through ethical encounters between artists and communities of place, space and interest, the company develop theatre which responds to and represents elements of these communities. WillFredd believe in constant evaluation and interrogation of their work through extensive Research and Development phases where work is shown back to the communities we develop it with. The company’s previous full productions include: FOLLOW (2011) , FARM (2012), CARE (2014) and JOCKEY (2015). WillFredd would like to acknowledge the support of Rough Magic and Irish Theatre Institute.

The Ark & WillFredd Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of...

This Mid-Term, get Behind the Scenes…

In a series of post-show chats, you can meet the team behind BEES! and hear about their roles, how they created their work and a little bit about their career in theatre. There will be a chance to ask them any questions that you may have.

Wed 17, Fri 19 & Sat 20 February after the 4pm show of BEES! A Musical.
Free entry to ticketholders for that show.

Wed 17 February: Meet Maisie Lee, Associate Director
Fr 19 February: Meet Gordon Bell, Stage Manager & Kate Ferris, Producer
Sat 20 February: Meet the cast!

If you are coming to a different performance of BEES! then you are welcome to come along at 4.50pm on the day of the Behind the Scenes... chat that you want to take part in and if there is space, we will allocate places on a first come, first served basis.