“I want to embrace the messy nuances and present some sticky questions about sex education… It’s my hope that every student will see themselves on stage, and through my characters will feel encouraged to explore the topics with their teachers in a safe and creative way.”
What does the Birds and Bees digital package include?
Your booking will include unlimited access to the Birds And Bees film until the end of the 2021 summer term, as well as eighteen lesson plans (see below for further details), a recorded Q&A with the creatives exploring the design and creative process and a live zoom workshop with actors for up to 60 students (45 minutes). For more information on the digital package, click here to download our schools pack.
Areas of Study (for RSE):
• Respectful relationships including friendships
• Online and media
• Being safe
• Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
Birds And Bees complies with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.
1. Characters and Communication
2. Actions and Consequences
3. Our Digital Footprint
4. Our Curated Lives
5. Lads and Ladies?!
6. Consent and Support
Areas 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
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.”
1. Breaking Down the Text (analysis)
2. Analysing Contexts: Social, Cultural, and Historical
3. Interpreting Meaning
4. Theatre Terminology
5. Writing a Review: An Analysis & Evaluation of Birds And Bees
6. Creative Team: Roles & Responsibilities
Areas of Study (English Language):
• 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
1. Structural Analysis: What Makes a Story Work
2. Identifying Themes
3. Critical Reading and Text Investigation
4. Evaluating Language
5. Write a Review: Effectiveness of Writing
6. Persuasive Presentation (personal response/view of importance of story today)
Watch the trailer here:
Cast & Creative Team:
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).
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.
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).
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).
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
In Association with Soho Theatre
Supported by Arts Council England
Birds and Bees Digital Packages
For Secondary State Schools, the price of the recorded live performance is the equivalent to £4.90 per student (based on 100 students watching the performance, price per head drops lower if shared across year groups and subject areas), with all wrap-around activity provided at no extra cost in order to help teachers manage additional pressures on their time.
We have subsidised the cost of the film and digital package to make it as affordable as possible for schools, and are pleased to be offering this brand new piece of theatre at a much lower cost per student than an average theatre trip (Approximately £1,800 to take a whole year group to the theatre at an average schools price of £7.50 per ticket. This does not include transport costs.).
Birds And Bees Digital Package for Secondary State School
Birds And Bees Digital Package for Secondary State School with Pupil Premium Eligibility (PPE) of 40% or above
Birds And Bees Digital Package for Independent School
"Unimaginably funny, achingly moving, brilliantly realistic”
"The kids will love it! So current and with such an important message."
Head of English, North East
"Birds & Bees is so much more than just an entertaining film. It is something students can identify with and learn from. It's a fantastic resource that is accessible for all teachers, specialist or not."
Teacher of PSHE and Religious Studies, Norfolk
"I loved this performance! The topic is such an important one for young people today... I would strongly recommend this for KS4 students to explore in both Drama, PSHE and Form Time."
Head of Drama, Lewisham
The film and all supporting learning resources are available now. You will have unlimited access until end of summer term 2021.
All items in the digital package will be hosted via a private webpage accessible only to those that have purchased the package. The film will be hosted on Vimeo and all learning resources will be available as downloadable documents/PowerPoints. You can share this as widely as you wish in your school between year groups and subject areas but it cannot be transferred to other schools.
The Birds And Bees Package is a digital resource, therefore we do not accept returns in this instance. Please contact us if you would like more information before you decide if this resource is right for your school.
The film is suitable for Yrs 10-13 (ages 14+). If you'd like to purchase the package for Yr 9s please get in touch to chat through the issues raised in the play to assess appropriateness for your students.
Workshop slots are scheduled during specific weeks in the Spring term. To book your workshop, or to discuss booking an additional workshop (which will be subject to additional cost) please get in touch with Niamh@theatre-centre.co.uk.
If you have any questions about the Digital Package please email Niamh@theatre-centre.co.uk.
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