5 May 2012 until 2 Sep 2012
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
South Bank, Waterloo Bridge, London, , SE1 9PX
In parks and squares across the UK this summer, children will be invited to step into the inner sanctum of a bee hive to help solve a honey bee murder mystery as Sophie Bee, champion forager, turns detective to track down the honey bees when they go missing from the Queen Bee’s birthday party.
Bee Detective is an interactive, multisensory adventure. The action is both spoken and signed, with projected animation and creative captioning making the show both accessible and dynamic. Through vibration effects children will be able to feel the buzzing of the bees, and will be invited to join in the “waggle dance” that is used by bees to explain where pollen and nectar can be found in the outside world.
The project is one of the twelve new commissions for Unlimited, the ground-breaking London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme that celebrates arts and culture by disabled and deaf artists on an unprecedented scale.The only children’s show of all the Unlimited commissions, Bee Detective is created by Sophie Woolley, who is deaf, and is designed for both deaf and hearing children aged six upwards. Bee Detective is also part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
Sophie Woolley is a writer and actor from London. As well as her stage plays, she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4 (notably afternoon plays When to Run and Carbon Cleansing). A recent graduate of Channel 4′s screenwriting course, she also starred as a deaf mum-to-be in Channel 4′s award winning Cast Offs series. Her first play, When to Run toured the UK 2006 – 2008, with sell out runs at the Royal Festival Hall, Soho Theatre and Manchester’s Royal Exchange studio. She followed this up with Fight Face at Hammersmith Lyric. She was an attached writer at Soho Theatre from 2005 – 2006.
Tin Bath is a theatre company formed by Sophie Woolley and director Gemma Fairlie. The company produces exciting interactive theatre that is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people. They have created a unique way of captioning theatre that uses animation, graphics, text and visual jokes. The result is part video game, part cartoon and entertaining to all. This is the company’s first show for children.
Tickets : £8 (£6 concs)
31 Aug, 1 & 2 Sep (11am, 1.30pm, 4pm)
Web Site : southbankcentre.co.uk
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