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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bees and sleuths crime thriller creates a buzz at the Georgian

It's been dubbed CSI meets Camberwick Green and the tale of sleuths and bees comes to Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal on Tuesday 22 October..

That's shallot! The allotmenteers of Thistledale turn sleuths. Photo courtesy of
The gardeners of Thistledale Allotments feature in this lively show full of music, fun and facts about bees and beekeeping. After a year of shenanigans with the council, Thistledale allotments are safe, but the fragile peace in this idyllic setting is about to be shattered.

A body is discovered on and foul play is suspected, Detective Starkey has plenty of suspects but just can’t find a motive. The allotmenteers give him beekeeper April’s advice; “talk to the bees”, but will understanding the bees and their ways really lead him the clues he needs?

Beyond the Veil is a gentle comedy with larger-than-life characters, live music and a fascinating insight into bees, beekeeping and all things apicultural.

Bees may not be the first choice for a theatrical endeavour and Marianne McNamara, Mikron Theatre Company’s artistic director explains why she was drawn to this subject.

She said:, “Deborah McAndrew, wrote our 2012 show Losing the Plot and set the show on Thistledale Allotments, she wrote such a fabulous script with such colourful characters and one of them, April, is a bee keeper. 

"We got a glimpse into the art of beekeeping and I just wanted to develop that, I wanted to know more!” Deborah is a beekeeper herself, so it seemed like a natural choice. 

“Of course, bees are in the news at the moment, as they risk becoming an endangered species, so I am hoping that the show will fire some people’s enthusiasm and help people to understand what vital little creatures they are.”

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