Review: ★★★★ Me And My Bee, The Ovalhouse

Review: ★★★★ Me And My Bee, The Ovalhouse

POLLINATION FOR THE NATION. SAVE THE BEES, SAVE THE WORLD!

This is the mantra of the political ‘Bee Party,’ lead by the fastidious Josie Dale Jones and her ditzy secretary Greta Mitchell. Winner of last year’s Les Enfants Terribles Stepladder Award, Me & My Beeis a family comedy that follows the plight of solitary bee and honorary member Joe (Joe Boylan), as he battles his way through industrialised, polluted, litter-invested Britain. A perfect balance of education and entertainment, ThisEgg presents an important piece of theatre for children and adults alike.

Wearing bright clashing colours, glitter and spandex, these aren’t your average party candidates. Using an eclectic mix of music, dance, audience interaction, science and drama, this eccentric trio offer up their party’s manifesto, in the hope of gaining more like minded members. Devised entirely by Jones, Mitchell and Boylan, each movement is well choreographed to create an inventive, highly original piece of children’s theatre. Bee population has been on a decline in recent years, with many species now threatened with extinction. With the aim of changing these statistics, all new members are given a party bag filled with sunflower seeds to feed bees like Joe and help them to survive.

Lighting design from Lucy Adams perfectly captures the sense of foreboding, with the occasional reminder through brighter filters that not all is lost. Jam packed with fun facts and information without ever overwhelming the audience, Me & My Bee has enough silly shenanigans to keep the kids occupied and plenty of jokes that pack a political punch for the grownups. A stupendously silly show that tackles serious and important issues. Sign me up!

 

Chloe Hoey 

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