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Theatre Centre will release a digital adaptation of new play Birds and Bees by Charlie Josephine (Pops, Edinburgh Fringe 2019) for a limited time via Soho Theatre On Demand, from Monday 8th to Sunday 28th March.
Directed by Theatre Centre’s Artistic Director Rob Watt, Birds and Bees fuses Charlie Josephine’s fiery contemporary spoken word with the vibrant stylings of acclaimed sound designer Xana. The production interrogates the complexities of teenage relationships in the digital age, igniting discussions about modern relationships, gender identity and sex education for young audiences.
Birds and Bees has been developed with secondary school students in Years 10 and 11 and their teachers. Providing an important piece of contemporary work that can help to deliver the current Drama and RSE curriculum, teachers are already recognising the output as an invaluable learning tool that addresses relationship challenges in an authentic and relatable way.
Theatre Centre will also release Birds and Bees free to UK state secondary schools, providing a high-quality blended learning resource. For more info head over here.
Notes to Editors
Show: Birds and Bees
Dates: Monday 8th – Sunday 28th March 2021
Director: Rob Watt
Writer: Charlie Josephine
Sound Design: Xana
Movement Director: Damilola ‘DK’ Fashola
Production & Costume Design: Moi Tran
Producer: Steven Atkinson
Cast: Ike Bennett, Narisha Lawson, Ida Regan and EM Williams
Soho Theatre is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we have re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag and in late February released Ryan Calais Cameron’s TYPICAL. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three- series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21).
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff.
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Theatre Centre makes work with and for young people, taking world-class theatre straight into the heart of schools. Their productions present big ideas and difficult questions that can help young audiences make sense of a complex and changing world. They use the power of stories, writing and performance to support students and teachers in their learning across a range of subjects to build confidence and aspirations. Their vision is that young people are empowered as creative citizens and leaders through theatre, using their voices and ideas to make change in themselves and the world around them.
Diversity and inclusion are core to their practice so that they can best reflect and relate to the experience of children and young people today. They want to make work with innovative and inquisitive artists and have a range of opportunities for artistic development including commissions, bringing young people, artists, practitioners and teachers together through their Future Makers process. They were founded in 1953 by Brian Way and Margaret Faulkes who pioneered touring theatre productions to schools and new writing for young audiences. As they move towards their 70th birthday, they continue to lead the Theatre in Schools movement as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and wave the flag for writers and artists to make work for young audiences in the UK and beyond.
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