The Birds and the Bees
Sarah's marriage is over, and she's just moved back home to the farm with her beekeeper mother, Gail.
As the women try to adjust to the many changes in their world, their lives are complicated by the community's last-ever Turkey Days celebration, beehive troubles, an eccentric neighbour, and a handsome young researcher.
The Birds and the Bees is a laugh-out-loud comedy with a huge, honeyed heart.
Warning: sexually explicit language and partial nudity.
October 22 - November 7, 2021
7:30 PM (5:30pm Dinner) – Oct 22, 23, 29, 30; Nov 5, 6
7:00 PM (5:00pm Dinner) – Oct 24, 31; Nov 7
$60, all included
- 3-course plated dinner, served at your table
- Fewer tables spaced further apart
- Masks must be worn until seated
- Provincial vaccine passport with identification is required
Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre
930 Burnham Street
Call 905-372-2105 to reserve your seat, or stop by the Best Western front desk.
This production is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
THIS WEEKEND MAY BE THE LAST-EVER TURKEY DAYS FESTIVAL, BUT FOR THESE FOUR CHARACTERS, THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING…
Sarah, a turkey farmer, has just left her husband and moved back home to live with her mom Gail. Despite the fact that she’s a divorcée of twenty years herself, Gail isn’t exactly providing the sympathy Sarah needs. Gail’s a beekeeper and she has other things to worry about—like why her honeybees are dropping dead.
Then there’s Earl: Gail’s neighbour, farm tenant, and the ex-husband of Gail’s ex-husband’s new wife. In these past twenty years, he’s been keeping himself mighty busy with the ladies, but Gail has just never really got back on that horse…so to speak. And finally, there’s Ben: an athletic 23-year-old Masters student, here to study the collapsing bee colonies. Secretly still a virgin, he’s about to get a big lesson in pollination…if you know what we mean.
Set in two adjoining bedrooms on a modern Canadian farm, the play tackles sex, love, science, family, and the artificial insemination of turkeys. The Birds and the Bees is a laugh-out-loud comedy with brains…and a huge, honeyed heart.
Cast & Creative Team
Photography by Jeannie Gane
Photography by Jeannie Gane
I laughed out loud a lot and loved the meal!Kelly A., patron
The food was delicious, the service great and the play ‘a hoot’. Laughed loud long and often. They did such a good job!Marilynn D., patron
A very funny show. Great evening out - entertaining play and delicious dinner. Well done everyone!!Sharon R., patron
Truly an A1 hit. I laughed and laughed!Grant C., patron
After almost two years of no live dinner theatre the Cobourg Best Western and Northumberland Players have once again “coupled up” to produce The Birds and the Bees. Things have changed a bit: on the way inside everyone has to show proof of vaccination and instead of a buffet there are four set meals to choose from and they’re brought to your table after you place your order. On opening night there were fewer tables than pre-pandemic and they were spaced further apart and slightly further away from the stage. At our table we all admitted this was our first time “out” during the pandemic and, yes, we were feeling a little bit awkward.
I’m willing to bet it was similar for the people on stage.
The Birds and the Bees is written by Canadian Mark Crawford, and calls for some pretty intimate moments between the four actors on stage, intimate enough that the producers decided to try finding performers who were actually in a relationship so they’d be comfortable hugging, kissing and taking off a substantial amount of clothing. They ended up with two real life couples. The older pair is played by Neil Torrie, a Northumberland Player stalwart playing cash cropper and horny neighbour Earl (“If you want your feet to curl, stick with Earl!”) and wife Kaye Torrie appearing onstage for the first time as bee keeper and Earl’s love interest Gail. The younger duo consists of Sarah, Gail’s 30-something daughter returned home after her marriage fails, fearlessly rendered by Emily Graham and her real-life husband Josh Graham, another stage neophyte playing the much younger bee researcher Ben.
Co-Directors Dan and Lisa Kapp (yet one more couple!) write in their notes that they often sent the actors home from practice saying “rehearse undressing each other”.
Both newcomers (Kaye and Josh) are delightfully energetic and committed but I suspect it is also a tribute to two very skilled performers (Neil and Emily) that the raw recruits are as accomplished and comfortable as they look.
Hopefully the awkwardness of both the audience and the actors decreases as the run progresses because the whole experience was a lot of fun. The Birds and the Bees plays Friday , Saturday and Sunday until November 7.
The Best Western Plus Cobourg
The Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre is located at the corner of Burnham/William St. and Elgin St.
930 Burnham St.
Dinner is served 2 hours prior to the start of the performance (5:30pm for 7:30pm shows; 5pm for 7pm shows). Enjoy a 3-course plated dinner, served at your table.