The Birds and the Bees – photo supplied by Norwich Theatre


The Birds and the Bees, a show about love, lust, family and farming set on the outskirts of Cromer, will be buzzing onto Norwich Theatre Playhouse’s stage between 20 – 30 April.

This is a co-production with Norwich Theatre and two other local theatres, The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and John Stalker Productions.

James McDermott brings plenty of Norfolk humour to the new version of the 2016 Canadian play by Mark Crawford, which was relocated from modern-day Canada to North Norfolk.

The cast of the UK premiere is Laura Doddington (The Midwich Cuckoos) as Sarah, Louise Gold (Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof) as Gail, Richard McIver (Half-Full) as Ben and Sion Tudor Owen (Carrie’s War, White Christmas) as Earl.

James McDermott said, “I’m very excited to be relocating Mark’s hilarious, heart-warming relationship comedy to North Norfolk. It’s my first adaptation, and I really connected with the themes of the play as in my work, I’ve always been obsessed with exploring sexuality, intergenerational relationships and the natural world. I’m sure audiences will connect with this timely tale and the four hilarious lovable characters at the heart of it.”
Set in the home of beekeeper Gail, a middle-aged divorcee and mother of turkey farmer Sarah. Gail is not quite ready to get back into the dating world yet, even though it has been a while.

Meanwhile, her slightly more promiscuous farmland tenant and neighbour, Earl, has discovered the joys of ‘No Strings Attached’ relationships, and now he’s got his eye on Gail. Sarah’s marriage has fallen apart, and she has moved back in with her mother, which is just as much fun as it sounds. But when student Ben arrives, things start to heat up.

This charming production is directed by Peter Rowe and offers equal parts comedy and heart. With a sitcom style, The Birds and the Bees covers the challenges of relationships, what happens when the best-laid plans go wrong, British prudery and, of course, Norfolk farming.

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The Birds and the Bees | Norwich Theatre Playhouse
20 – 30 April 2022
Ticket price: £22
Age recommendation: 14+

Book online at or call 01603 630000.