Go Tell The Bees - National Theatre Wales

Go Tell The Bees

Pembrokeshire

Go Tell The Bees

Naomi Chiffi – Co-creator & Writer
Di Ford – Co-creator & Designer
Sita Thomas – Co-creator & Director

There is a darkness on the horizon – something creeping closer which echoes a shadow that covered the land and the sea 25 years ago.

The bees, once our friends and confidantes, can sense the danger and are preparing to flee. Without them the Earth’s ecosystem and our communities will crumble.

One small child with a special connection to the natural world senses the danger. Join him on an epic journey as he travels Pembrokeshire with just twenty four hours to reconnect us with nature and with each other to help convince the bees to stay.

Go Tell The Bees is a film made by, with and for the people of Pembrokeshire. Developed by NTW TEAM over four years in collaboration with local artists and communities, it explores what has changed in the years since the Sea Empress disaster and how, with a few simple acts, we can change the way we connect with the natural world and with each other.

Want to discover more? Explore the themes of Go Tell The Bees further and find out more about how you can complete the simple acts on our Go Tell The Bees mobile app, featuring music from the film’s soundtrack by John Lawrence, Jess Ward and Molara Awen, and additional content from Neil Bebber and Phil Okwedy and the children of Manorbier School. 

You can also explore some of the missions local people have been taking part in below and, if you have little ones at home, take a look at our learning hive of educational resources for KS2 and KS3.

Go Tell The Bees web app

Go Tell The Bees is accompanied by a web app, especially developed for us by Natasha Bigford.

On the app you will find:

  • Resources to explore which will help inspire you to complete the seven Simple Acts
  • Music from the film’s soundtrack by John Lawrence, Jess Ward and Molara Awen
  • A series of “Stories for Stressed Grown Ups” related to our Simple Acts, by Neil Bebber
  • A series of stories and meditations related to our Simple Acts, created by Phil Okwedy and the children of Manorbier School
  • And more!

As this is a web app, you don’t need to download anything, just go to gotellthebees.org on your mobile device.

Please note: you can access the app on desktop devices, but you will get the best experience on a mobile device.

Videos

Sea Empress 25

Time is punctured by moments. Moments that change things. Moments that make us stop.

8.07pm on the night of the 15th of February, 1996, was one of these moments. 25 years on, the Sea Empress oil spill is still fresh in the memory of Pembrokeshire.

From surfers to fishermen, oil refinery workers to ship captains, conservationists to politicians, hear the personal stories from the people who were there. With dream-like visuals and atmospheric music from Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s John Lawrence, Sea Empress 25 tells the story of an environmental disaster whose impact is still felt today.

Sea Empress 25 is a film by Gavin Porter, made in collaboration with Postcards and Podcasts.

Watch here

Missions

Since summer 2020 we have been asking the community of Pembrokeshire to complete a number of Missions exploring the themes of Go Tell The Bees. You can explore and complete those Missions here.

    • Mission 1: Making a Sunflower
    • Mission 2: Phil Okwedy – Storytelling tasks
    • Mission 3: What Will You Tell the Bees?
    • Mission 4: Simple Acts

Learning Hive

At the heart of Go Tell the Bees is the hope that by doing we can learn from each other, we can build confidence and skills and that we can experience through all of the senses. We want this production to have a positive impact on communities. Learning in an active and imaginative way is critical to this.

NTW TEAM have created a hive of information, knowledge, activity and inspiration so that young people can use this space as a springboard for learning.

Explore the Hive here

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