Our 10 selected WINDOW companies for Brighton Fringe 2018 have now been announced! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be interviewing each of the companies. This week we introduce ThisEgg about their show ‘Me and My Bee’.
What is your event about?
Recent media attention given to the plight of bees sparked conversations about how we can make a show to do more to help.
Apparently, Albert Einstein said that without the bees, humans have 4 years left to live. We rely on bees to pollinate one third of the crops we use as food.
‘Me and My Bee’ is a political party, disguised as a part party, disguised as a show. A family show, which, to us, actually just means that it is for children AND adults. But, if we can get the next generation active now, the future starts to look better. At the end of the show we give the audience seeds, so they can go out there and help save themselves by saving the bees. This show is just as much about humans as it is about bees, but bees are a good start.
Why did you decide to make it?
There are so many things NOT helping the bees it all gets a bit much. Climate change is massive, urbanisation is growing at an alarming rate and we aren’t going to pretend we can take on a huge pesticide company with a load of scientific proof we don’t personally have, but, there ARE things we can do. One seed at a time… Plant wildflowers. Flowers are essentially bee food. Everyone needs food fuel.
We hope the show raises awareness not only about bees, but their effect on our own ecosystem. We hope the show makes audiences think about how to take care of the smaller things, cause and effect, and how to respect the planet we live on, before it’s too late.
Most of all we hope it empowers our audience - we want them to leave feeling like they can make a difference, whilst having a good time!
Who should see your show?
Everyone 5+! It’s a family show, for children and adults alike. The earlier young people can be made aware of their own impact on the environment and how they can create positive change, the better. Then it’s just part of their everyday and the rest is history. Or so we hope…
What should audience members expect?
Some live music, some dancing, some facts, a bee and a flower falling in love… To join a party!
What are the technical requirements of the event?
For lighting, we need the following: a pre-rig, a desk that can programme effects, a warm & cold wash, RGB LED wash backlight, two profiles and pin spots for our mirror ball (which we provide). For sound, we just need a basic PA system, 2 mics, a DI box and a jack and mini jack cable. We also need a performance space which is at least 5m x 5m with a grid height of 3m. We also throw fake money during the performance, so we will need around 15 minutes afterwards to tidy up!
What are your plans post-Brighton Fringe, with this or other work?
We are touring the show and hope to build on this. We hope for some international ventures!
What does it mean to you to be selected for WINDOW?
Showcases are so important to the life of a show and the company. It’s amazing to be part of one!
What do you hope to gain from inclusion in WINDOW?
Some new connections with industry professionals and venues. We want to establish meaningful relationships with people who want to support our show and next ones too!
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The List
★★★★ Three Weeks
★★★★ A Younger Theatre
★★★★ Edinburgh Festival For Kids
“A rarity… deliciously eccentric” Lyn Gardner for The Guardian
"clever, often hilarious and always interesting – see the show, save the world." The List
"completely in awe" A Younger Theatre
"a riotous, cleverly constructed and hilarious family show" The Stage