Me and My Bee
- Kelly Apter
- 23 August 2017
This article is from 2017.
Funny yet moving theatre show for grown-ups and families that helps us change the world
On your way home from Me and My Bee, you have something in your pocket that wasn't there before. And something in your conscience that may well have been there, but has certainly grown. The former is a packet of seeds to sow our own sunflowers, the latter is a realisation that if we open them, we have a tiny bit of power to affect change literally in the palm of our hands.
That's the serious, important bit – and the reason we're able to take that in, is we've had such a good time during the previous hour. Me and My Bee is funny, silly, even ridiculous at times, yet somehow gets its message across loud and clear. We're laughing as we sing the lines 'Pollination for the nation, save the bees, save the world', because it's not being taught to us as a lecture or command.
Instead, ThisEgg theatre company tells us a story – the tale of a lone bee who falls in love with a flower. It's a symbiotic relationship, she gives him nectar, he spreads her seed to help her species' survival. But a chain of events starts to impede his journey to her, until eventually he arrives to find her replaced by a tower block.
All this is told with sharp wit, physical comedy and some very silly costumes. Josie Dale-Jones is the bossy boots in charge, Greta Mitchell her second-in-command, and a Lycra-clad Joe Boylan the downtrodden bee. They're here today to recruit us to a new political party, cunningly disguised as an actual party, disguised as a show.
Everything, from the banter between the three performers and brief but enjoyable moments of audience participation, to the delivery of actual facts is designed to make us laugh. But once the poignancy starts to creep in towards the end, I for one swapped that laughter for tears, so skilfully and subtly do they cut to the heart of the problem. Clever, often hilarious and always interesting – see the show, save the world.
Pleasance Courtyard until 28 Aug, 11.45am, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£8).