Hives, honey and homicide brought to the stage

Actors from the Mikron Theatre Company
Actors from the Mikron Theatre Company

A crime thriller with a sting in the tail is being hosted at the Greenpatch in Kettering on Saturday, June 15.

Beyond the Veil, is a play which brings togather CSI and Camberwick Green.

The gardeners of Thistledale Allotments feature in this lively show full of music, fun and facts about bees and beekeeping.

After a year of shenanigans with the council, Thistledale allotments are safe, but the fragile peace in this idyllic setting is about to be shattered.

A body is discovered on and foul play is suspected, Detective Starkey has plenty of suspects but just can’t find a motive.

The allotmenteers give him beekeeper April’s advice; “talk to the bees”, but will understanding the bees and their ways really lead him the clues he needs?

The play is being staged by the Mikron Theatre – the only company in the world to tour professional theatre by narrowboat, bringing performances to places that don’t often see theatre; pubs, village greens, canal basins, and this year, to allotments and apiaries.

Marianne McNamara, Mikron’s artistic director explains why she was drawn to this subject, “Deborah McAndrew wrote our 2012 show “Losing the Plot” and set the show on Thistledale Allotments, she wrote such a fabulous script with such colourful characters and one of them, April, is a bee keeper.

“We got a glimpse into the art of beekeeping and I just wanted to develop that, I wanted to know more! Deborah is a beekeeper herself, so it seemed like a natural choice. Of course, bees are in the news at the moment, as they risk becoming an endangered species, so I am hoping that the show will fire some people’s enthusiasm and help people to understand what vital little creatures they are!”

Tickets are not being sold for the play – instead a a collection will be taken after the show.

For information phone 01536 521555 or 07703 720652 or visit

Refreshments are available and guests should bring their own chairs. This is an outdoor show, but there will be a shelter available in case of wet weather.

A trailer for Beyond the Veil can be found at