Photo credits: Helen Murray
Ike Bennet plays Aarron
Ike trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include: CHIGGER FOOT BOYS (Tara Arts/ StrongBack Productions) TWELTH NIGHT (CSSD), DEATH IN PARADISE (BBC/Red Planet Pictures), CURFEW (Sky/ Tiger aspect) and Vera (ITV).
Narisha Lawson plays Leilah
Narisha’s credits include: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (The Nottingham Playhouse), ROOTS (BBC Radio 4), AS DEAD AS IT GETS (Life Aer Films Ltd), COUNTY LINES (Geese Theatre), TOWN MOUSE AND COUNTRY MOUSE, (Nottingham Playhouse), AMY & THE NLC (NBC Universal), Girl, THE HEIGHTS, (National Theatre Connections), DOCTORS (BBC).
Ida Regan plays Maisy
Ida trained at Manchester School of Theatre. Her credits include: CORAM BOY, WE HAPPY FEW, DYSTOPIA987, 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, TWELFTH NIGHT, (Manchester School of Theatre), JUSTIN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO US? (BBC New Creatives) WOEBEGONE, Studio Salford.
EM Williams plays Billy
EM trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Their credits include: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (National Theatre), CAPTAIN CORRELLI’S MANDOLIN (West End - Harold Pinter Theatre), DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), THE BOOK OF DRAGONS (York Theatre Royal); THE SELFISH GIANT (Arcola Theatre); LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES’ ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (The Vaults) and PRINCESS MONONOKE (New Diorama & AIIA Theatre, Tokyo).
Birds and Bees
Written by Charlie Josephine
Directed by Rob Watt
Produced by Steven Atkinson
Sound and Composition – Xana
Movement Director – Damilola ‘DK’ Fashola
Director of Photography – Archie Short
Production Designer – Moi Tran
Costume Designer – Moi Tran
Editor – Mark Williams
Hair and Make-Up – Ili Newson
First Assistant Camera – George Phull
Second Assistant Camera – Louise Tse Stedicam
Operator – Jacob Gerrard Gaffer – Jake Buckley
Sound Recordist / Mixer – Stephen Lee
Sound Editor – Ted White
Post Production Services – Fin London
Production Photography – Helen Murray
Filmed on location at The Albany, London
As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. The English, Drama and PSHE schemes provided have been developed and planned alongside the creation of the Birds and Bees recorded live performance in order to enable learning at a greater depth. We have designed the Live Digital package to be as cost effective as possible for you and to give you many more teaching resources than we would normally include, with a view to saving teacher's prep time, and enabling you to teach your full class groups in school or at home through remote learning in the event of more local lockdowns.
We have checked with Ofqual and can confirm that this will meet the Drama requirements for GCSE 2021: "Permit live performance statement to be satisfied through streamed or recorded performances. Require exam boards to permit students to analyse and evaluate the work of others based on live theatre and/or streamed or recorded performances.”
See below for what is included in the Birds and Bees Digital Package.
*All prices are subject to VAT
**Available when booked before 30th November. After 30th November a recording of the Q&A will be provided.
What does the Birds and Bees digital package include?
By award-winning writer Charlotte Josephine and directed Rob Watt. This new recorded live performance fuses spoken word, a specially commissioned soundtrack with live looping and explores the complicated nature of teenage relationships.
Available 2nd Nov 2020 – 23rd July 2021. Suitable for ages 14+. In Association with Soho Theatre.
We will provide a recorded Q&A session with our creatives, exploring the design process and page to stage journey. These Q&A’s will also be recorded and made available online for those unable to attend.
A great way to explore the issues touched on in the film. One 45 minute drama workshop, usually offered at an additional price, is included this year in our digital package. Two actors from the film will lead the workshop for up to 60 students.
Teaching the relationships and sex education aspects of the PSHE curriculum is becoming compulsory in schools this academic year (20/21). Theatre Centre are here to help with 6 carefully designed lesson plans which delve deeper into the themes explored within the film.
Theatre Centre have been providing creative resources for schools for almost 70 years. Written by an experienced theatre practitioner these lessons plans focus on the anaylsis and evaluation elements of the drama curriculum.
Using the script as a starting point, this unit of work explores a range of different writing styles and challenges students to think about the importance of storytelling in our communities.
Birds & Bees supports aspects from these Areas of Study for RSE:
• Respectful relationships including friendships
• Online and media
• Being safe
• Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
Birds & Bees complies with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.
- Identifying Characters and their Relationships
- Characteristics of Healthy Relationships
- Recognising Social Influence (online and physical)
- Managing Risk
- Communication Strategies
- Choices and Pathways: Support Networks & Professional Support
Area of Study - Written Component:
• Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers (performers and/or designers).
• Students will understand the social, cultural and historical context in which the performance studied is set and the theatrical conventions used in creating the piece.
- Breaking Down the Text (analysis)
- Analysing Contexts: Social, Cultural, and Historical
- Interpreting Meaning
- Theatre Terminology
- Creative Team: Roles & Responsibilities
- Writing a Review: An Analysis & Evaluation of Birds & Bees
English Language Area of Study for KS4
• Students will gain understanding of critical reading and comprehension and learn to identify and interpret theme
• Students will learn to evaluate the writer’s choice of vocabulary
• Students will gain understanding of presenting information and ideas
- Structural Analysis: What Makes a Story Work
- Identifying Themes
- Critical Reading and Text Investigation
- Evaluating Language
- Write a Review: Effectiveness of Writing
- Persuasive Presentation (personal response / view of importance of story today)
Birds and Bees Digital Packages
"Theatre Centre's work is relevant and interesting because their productions are youth-focused and present strong, inspirational young characters."
Arts Award Advisor, 2nd Chance Group.
"Theatre Centre performed an electrifying piece of theatre accessed by enthralled RS, Geography and Drama students. The workshop provided the perfect stimulus for a unit around the theme of refugees and asylum seekers."
Headteacher, Lipson Community College.
PSHE Teacher, Harris Academy Rainham
Why choose Theatre Centre resources?
Created by experts
We have spent almost 70 years designing and delivering creative work for schools.
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We are proud to be recognised by Arts Council England as leading the way to protect our national arts and cultural ecology.
Tackling sensitive issues can be a challenge without the right guidance. We use robust safeguarding practices across our team.