Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

May 27 - May 28 2023

Bees at SPARK Stages Family Weekend (Canada)

Bees is a joyful interactive work in which children are welcomed into a world of community, communication, wonder and imagination.

An outdoor Bees production photo. Two Polyglot artists in intricate black and yellow bee costumes engage with the blue, yellow and black 'hive' set piece. Two children watch, one pointing with their arm outstretched. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

Presented by Surrey SPARK Stages

Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. The bees are fascinating, strange and beautiful, traversing invisible pathways and mapping delicate patterns across the performance space.

Inspired by the mysterious life and work of bees, this re-imagining of public space involves the slow uncovering of an intricate unseen world. Children are immersed in the sounds, shapes and scents of the bee world, from their familiar buzz to honeycomb houses. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.

Polyglot Theatre is working in partnership with Inlet Dance Theatre to deliver this season.

Surrey Arts Centre

13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 3L1, Canada

  • Your ticket for any event held at Surrey SPARK Stages Family Weekend includes complimentary entry to Bees.
  • Performance times will be included in event reminder emails and available on site.

For detailed access information at Surrey Arts Centre, please click HERE.

  • The theatres have accessible seating areas.
  • Surrey Arts Centre has accessible parking and washrooms, ramps on the main level, and an elevator that connects visitors to all three levels.
  • Baby change stations are available at Surrey Arts Centre and Surrey City Hall.
  • Sensory kits and noise-cancelling headphones are available at the Reception desk at the Surrey Arts Centre.


  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the landscape. Some participants may prefer a gentle experience, others may be more energetic.
  • Bees will take place indoors at the Main Stage or the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre. It does not use bright or flashing lights.
  • Bees contains amplified sound and music that is played through portable speakers.
  • A visual story to help your family prepare for the experience is available to view/download HERE.

How to prepare:

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.


  • Free parking is available for the Main Stage and Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre in Bear Creek Park.
  • Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
    13750-88 Avenue, 1 block east of King George Boulevard, in Bear Creek Park
  • Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
    13750-88 Avenue, 1 block east of King George Boulevard, in Bear Creek Park

Public Transport

  • The 388 bus route stops outside the Surrey Arts Centre on both sides of 88 Avenue, at Lauder Drive to 22nd St Station and Bear Creek Park Access Road to Carvolth Exchange.

SPARK imaginations. Create memories.

Part of Surrey Civic Theatres, Surrey SPARK Stages year-round events, shows and activities are the perfect way to introduce the young people in your life to the magical world of the performing arts.

Through Surrey SPARK Stages, kids discover a love for the performing arts and adults are surprised by how much fun they had sharing the experience with them.

For more information about Surrey SPARK Stages Family Weekend, refer to the website HERE.

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