Theatre Tillsonburg is presenting a unique Canadian play this February, with Mark Crawford’s The Birds and the Bees.
Director Vicky Coward, a long-time contributor to Theatre Tillsonburg, is looking forward to the production.
“I first saw the play in Port Dover about three years ago,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about it. It was hilarious!”
The play stuck with her, and when Theatre Tillsonburg approached her and sister Becky Coward to co-direct a new play this season, The Birds and the Bees came immediately to mind.
“It’s written from a current events perspective, with Canadian content, and talks about issues facing farmers and bee keepers in today’s environment,” said Vicky.
The story unfolds in adjoining bedrooms, upstairs in the Ontario farmhouse of Gail, who is a bee keeper. Her daughter, Sarah, a turkey farmer, comes to live with Gail after a marriage breakup. Across the road lives Earl, who rents Gail’s land, and has opinions about farming and life. Gail’s honeybees are dropping dead, and 23-year-old Benjamin, a Masters student, is here to study the declining bee populations. The four characters deal with sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.