Charlie Josephine on Birds and Bees

“Sex education in Britain is often a topic of heated debate. The attempt to be inclusive and informative, whilst age appropriate, without offending or startling anyone. Our opinions on students’ education are often coloured by our own individual experiences and preferences. There’s so much fear. It’s complicated.

It would be arrogant of me to attempt to simplify it and preach my politics in one hour of theatrical delight ‘dahling’. Absolutely not. I want to embrace the messy nuances and present some sticky questions about sex education. I don’t want to offend anyone. I don’t have all the answers. I can ask some of the questions, in a theatrical way that excites and empowers an audience of young people. I want to present six characters, all with a different experience of sex education.

It’s my hope that every pupil will see themselves on stage, and through those six characters will feel encouraged to explore the topics with their teachers in a safe and creative way. I feel really honoured to be making a piece of theatre that will tour schools. Really honoured, and really scared. I was not a kind audience member as a teenager, easy distracted, mostly unimpressed, and highly tuned to the slightest sniff of anything patronising. I was hungry for something real, something live, something that mattered. So now, years later, I’m really excited to have the opportunity to have a go at making something like that.”

– Birds and Bees writer Charlie Josephine

About Birds and Bees

One click and it’s gone too far, far too fast.

As explicit photos of the school’s ‘it’ couple go viral, and real-world consequences of online life spread, so do everyone’s opinions.

Leilah’s starting to wonder if her Instagram feels more like a burden than ‘living her best life’. Aarron’s learning how to be a man online and it’s starting to feel toxic. Maisy’s not that into sex, in fact she’s not interested at all thank you very much, why’s everyone always talking about it? Billy’s queer and proud to be, accepted by their friends but ignored by the education system, they’re tired of feeling invisible.

Can these four friends break through the noise and make real change offline?

Award-winning writer Charlotte Josephine’s new play fuses spoken word with live sound and explores the complicated nature of teenage relationships.

Suitable for ages 14+

The Birds and Bees Digital Package for Schools is booking now. Find out more here.

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