The Return of BEES! to The Ark in 2016

Following a hugely successful premiere and limited run in the DTF Family Season 2015, BEES! is returning to Dublin for four weeks in Spring 2016.

Following a hugely successful premiere and sold out run as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival Family Season 2015, BEES! (A Musical) is returning to Dublin for four weeks in Spring 2016.

Renowned theatre company WillFredd (Farm, Follow, Care, Jockey) and The Ark, Ireland’s only dedicated cultural centre for children, have teamed up to create this exciting musical for ages 6+ (and adults of all ages who love great theatre, music or bees)!

BEES! is a musical show filled with buzzing and songs, dancing and flying. Oh and lots of important things about bees! Written by Mark Doherty and directed by Sophie Motley, the show runs at The Ark from 13 February until 13 March 2016 alongside a programme of bee-themed events and talks which will enable audiences to explore the show further and learn more about these intriguing creatures.

During the run, there will be an Autism Friendly performance on Tue 14 Feb @ 2pm and a Signed performance on Sun 6 March @ 4pm.

Tickets go on sale to The Ark's Members on Tue 17 Nov and on general sale on Tue 24 Nov.

Find out more

“The verbal and visual humour ensures that it’s a deadly buzz.” The Irish Times

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 and Theatre
As Ireland’s only dedicated cultural centre for children, The Ark in Temple Bar is at the forefront of commissioning and presenting new artistic work for children and families. Theatre is a key element of the programme and over the years, writers / directors who have worked at The Ark have included Bryan Burroughs, Marina Carr, Selina Cartmell, Amy Conroy, David Horan, Raymond Keane, Jo Mangan, Aaron Monaghan and Lynne Parker. The Ark gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder the Arts Council and also its other annual supporters: the Department of Education and Skills, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council.

BEES! is supported by: Science Foundation Ireland, Wellcome Trust, Environmental Protection Agency and TCD Botany Department

Press information:
Sinead O’Doherty, Gerry Lundberg Public Relations t: 01 679 8476 / 086 259 070