Me and My Bee review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘hugely entertaining’
After last year’s success with Goggles, ThisEgg returns to Edinburgh with a riotous, cleverly constructed and hilarious family show about bees. Welcoming us to a ‘political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show’, Josie Dale-Jones and Greta Mitchell are cheerfully awkward hosts, committed to breaking theatrical illusion with deadpan conviction.
They’re aided by Joe Boylan – in black and yellow wrestling leotard – as a bee whose claim that he’s ‘only small’ is patently and hilariously untrue. All three are winning clowns, enlisting the audience with their clumsy charm.
Among all the silliness, there’s a very smart, serious streak, and the show appeals (in both senses of the word) as much to adults as to children. Occasionally Dale-Jones and Mitchell will drop a casual reference to larger political topics – a section on honey, for instance, finishes with a mention of workers producing coffee and chocolate, as bees become a metaphor for the exploitation of labour in the human world.
But the focus here is very much on environmental conservation – ‘save the bees, save the world!’, the audience sings. It’s informative fun which ends on a lovely note of hope as they leave us with seeds to plant when we return to the ‘real world’.
We need your help…
When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.
The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.
We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.
Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.