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The Honey Bees single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The Honey Bees
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'“He’d only have to whistle and they’d start swirling around him. Like the centre of a universe. And all the bees hanging like stars. This bright, glittering sphere…”

'As the world’s honeybees disappear, a family-owned apiary struggles to keep up with overseas demand. Driven by matriarch Joan’s iron will, the business continues to grow. And then Melissa arrives out of the blue. The Honey Bees is a tale of Family and Empire; Action and Consequences; and what happens when the bee finally stings.' (Production summary)

Exhibitions

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Production Details

  • Directed by Ella Caldwell

    World Premier at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda East, Victoria : 14 June - 16 July 2016.

    With Eva Seymour, Christopher Brown, Rebecca Bower, Marta Kaczmarek & Katerina Kotsonis

    Production Dramaturg Tom Healey

    Set & Costume Sophie Woodward

    Lighting Daniel Anderson

    Composition & Sound Daniel Nixon

    Stage Manager Hannah Bullen

    Assistant Stage Manager Maddie Lyman

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Endangered : Three Plays Justine Campbell , Sarah Hamilton , Hannie Rayson , Caleb Lewis , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 11630361 2017 anthology drama

    'They Saw a Thylacine: Out of the darkness, Sarah Hamilton and Justine Campbell conjure the ghost of one of Australia's lost beauties, the thylacine. With all the suspense of a campfire story, these feisty, funny women weave a lyrical tale of adversity and extinction. For this thylacine tracker and this zoo keeper's daughter, it's a quest not just to protect a threatened creature, but themselves. Rebellious and gutsy, these women face life and fight to survive.

    'Extinction delves deep into the heart of our own morals, choices and tightly-held convictions. Extinction wraps an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story. A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured tiger quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist and an unlikely Good Samaritan. Both are hell-bent on saving the species, but intentions are murky. What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing story about love, sex, money and power.

    'The Honey Bees: As the world's honeybees disappear, a family-owned apiary struggles to keep up with overseas demand. Driven by matriarch Joan's iron will, the business continues to grow. And then Melissa arrives out of the blue. The Honey Bees is a tale of Family and Empire; Action and Consequences; and what happens when the bee finally stings. ' (Publication summary)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017

Works about this Work

Disorder Takes Over as Colony Collapses Chris Boyd , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 June 2016; (p. 15)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
Too Much Buzzing Leaves Wings Clipped Cameron Woodhead , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
Funding Loss a Blow to Red Stitch as Independent Theatre Company Marks 15th Birthday Annabel Ross , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 6 June 2016;

'Over the past few years, Caleb Lewis has become a self-described "bee nut".'

'The playwright's latest work The Honey Bees addresses colony collapse disorder, a mysterious affliction that has devastated bee populations around the world. The only territory yet to be affected is Australia. ...'

Red Stitch Stung but Won’t Unravel Matthew Westwood , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 2016; (p. 14)
More Than Just a Flesh Wound Annabel Ross , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
More Than Just a Flesh Wound Annabel Ross , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 June 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
Too Much Buzzing Leaves Wings Clipped Cameron Woodhead , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
Disorder Takes Over as Colony Collapses Chris Boyd , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 June 2016; (p. 15)

— Review of The Honey Bees Caleb Lewis , 2017 single work drama
Red Stitch Stung but Won’t Unravel Matthew Westwood , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 2016; (p. 14)
Funding Loss a Blow to Red Stitch as Independent Theatre Company Marks 15th Birthday Annabel Ross , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 6 June 2016;

'Over the past few years, Caleb Lewis has become a self-described "bee nut".'

'The playwright's latest work The Honey Bees addresses colony collapse disorder, a mysterious affliction that has devastated bee populations around the world. The only territory yet to be affected is Australia. ...'

Last amended 14 Dec 2017 16:03:14
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