May 20–22, 2023


Interactive Theatre


Buzz on over to help some larger-than-life bees build a new colony! From the company who brought you ANTS. 

The Bees

Photo by Theresa Harrison



Bees is an interactive piece on the hive of activity as three human-sized bees work to create a colony alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange and beautiful creatures, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the festival grounds. 

Inspired by their mysterious life and work, this re-imagining of urban space involves discovering an intricate, often unseen world. Using ritual and non-verbal communication and movements similar to these highly social animals, Bees offers a range of access points for children to enter this world and play alongside them.  

Polyglot is working in partnership with Inlet Dance Theatre to deliver this season. Polyglot Theatre is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. 

How it works

Children and families arrive to the West Hallway, where they are invited to engage in a short pre-performance making activity to transform themselves into bees. Using simple materials they create antennae, stingers, bee stripes and wings – whatever comes to mind. This is an optional, warmly encouraged, element of the experience, and runs concurrent to the performance for those arriving at different times to the performance.

About Polyglot Theatre

Polyglot Theatre places children at the heart of their art. Their vision is of a world where all children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally. 

Polyglot is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne, Australia, making exceptional arts experiences for children and families. Their unique brand of theatre encompasses a wide variety of forms shared with audiences everywhere, and their artistic and philosophical approach to child-centered practice has earned a strong reputation internationally as a leader in the theatre for young audiences. Celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory works that are playful and conceptually rigorous, access is central to Polyglot’s work, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play.

Access Info

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Dates & Times

May 20
1:30pm – 2:15pm
3pm – 3:45pm
4:30pm – 5:15pm

May 21
11:30am – 12:15pm
1:30pm – 2:15pm
3pm – 3:45pm
4:30pm – 5:15pm

May 22
11:30am – 12:15pm
1:30pm – 2:15pm
3:30pm – 4:15pm


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