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Fringefeed | 18 Jan 2020

Days of our Hives by Alanta Colley

“It’s an interesting way to meet your neighbours,” admits Alanta Colley towards the end of Days of Our Hives – her charming new stand-up science show about life as an urban beekeeper.

She’s talking about the first time her backyard bees swarmed, splitting their colony in half to continue reproducing – but as a result, her 25,000 bees went missing somewhere in her suburb, forcing the comedian into an unusual street-wide doorknock.

The story of the bees’ eventual return is just one of many Alanta shares in this quirky, sweet and original show. A blend of stand-up, storytelling and science communication, Days of Our Hives is charming, funny, and will teach you something new – about bees, yes, but also – about yourself.

FRINGE WORLD marks the West Australian premiere of Days of Our Hives and Melbourne-based Alanta’s second trip west. While a few Melbourne-centric anecdotes and some jokes pitched for a younger crowd didn’t quite stick with our largely middle-aged Perth audience on opening night, Alanta is a bubbly, entertaining, relatable performer who seemed thrilled to be up onstage, and we were having fun with her.

Alanta shines as a storyteller.

The strongest points of Days of Our Hives are when she’s telling tragicomedy stories about her sharehouse life in Melbourne’s inner-north suburbs – from nonna neighbours to daytime drinking to those escaped bees, these are stories and characters lit up for Mount Lawley locals.

Her puns and gags didn’t stick quite as well for me – but then, I probably should have expected a bit of this, attending a show with a pun in its name. Bee (ahem) warned.

Days of Our Hives is a sweet, thoughtful show that will make you laugh, make you think, teach you about bees, and reflect on yourself as you move about your suburb. It’s ostensibly a show about beekeeping, but it’s also a show about friendship, community, inter-dependence and connection. And it’s probably going to make you want to be a beekeeper.

About the Author

Sophie Raynor

Sophie is a reader and writer interested in politics, Southeast Asia and fermented foods. A former Scoop Magazine staff writer and Great about Perth blogger, she's recently returned home to Perth after two years living in tropical Timor-Leste. She writes freelance articles, manages not-for-profit communications, tweets @raynorsophie and freckles easily.

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End Date 25 Jan 2020

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  • End Date 25 Jan 2020
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Alanta is hilarious and I laughed a lot hearinng about the quirks of being a beekeper!

Reviewed by Alice Ding 2020

Have you ever wondered what bees and vibrators have in common? Are you looking for a fun Fringe show that combines science and storytelling and won't keep you out too late on a weeknight? Days of Our Hives by Alanta Colley - Science and Comedy has all these things. Also lots of bees!
Alanta Colley is a talented storyteller who weaves together anecdotes about urban gardening and beekeeping with some fascinating facts and science.
An enjoyable show. 4 stars (or 25,000 bees)

Reviewed by Gretchen McSomething 2020