Charlie Josephine’s play will be touring the UK from the 26th January until the 11th March.

(c)Chris Saunders

Rehearsal images have been released for Rob Watt’s upcoming production of Charlie Josephine’s Birds and Bee, which will be touring to Sheffield (Sheffield Theatre), Scarborough (Stephen Joseph Theatre) and Plymouth (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and presented by Theatre Centre.

Leilah is wondering if her Instagram is more of a burden than ‘living her best life’. Billy’s queer and proud but ignored by the education system; they’re tired of feeling invisible. Aarron is learning how to be a man online and it’s starting to feel toxic.  And Maisy, well Maisy’s not that into sex, thank you very much.

Thrown together, these four confront their differences and realise their power to create change.

(c)Chris Saunders

Director Rob Watt said: “We are super excited to be working with Sheffield Theatres to make Birds and Bees; a show that has been created with young people across the UK. With a magical combination of Charlie Josephine’s rhythmical words, a top-notch creative team and four awesome actors we are thrilled to share this stunning show with schools and theatres across the nation. The core of this show digs into how young people have complicated conversations. Conversations around gender, identity, sexuality, power and consent. It asks the question If we can learn to have complex conversations, then how would the world change for the better?”

(c)Chris Saunders

The production is set to star: Richard Logun as Aarron, Milo McCarthy as Billy, Dumile Sibanda as Leilah and Sandra Belarbi as Maisey.

(c) Chris Saunders

The show is being toured by the Theatre Centre, which is a national theatre company that generates daring and reverent work to amplify the voices of young people. Prioritising access, Theatre Centre works with young people in areas that are excluded and where there is little provision, eliminating economic barriers and uniting artists and young people across the arts.

This touring production is suitable for those aged 14+ (Year 10, Year 9s with advisory), with the creative team including: sound design by Lee Affen, movement direction by Yami Löfvenberg, lighting design by Hector Murray, designs by Bethany Wells, stage manager Lizzie Bond, captioner Cara Lawless and sign language interpreter Julie Fletcher.

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