The Honey Man, By Tyrone Huggins
24 Feb – 19 Mar 2015
National Tour

The Honey Man By Tyrone Huggins The Honey Man By Tyrone Huggins

Following shows at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Tyrone Huggin’s critically acclaimed story of an elderly Caribbean beekeeper and a dysfunctional wealthy teenager comes to stages across the UK.

Reworked for a brand new production and tour with striking visual design and projections by Timothy Bird and sound design from Joseph Roberts, whose work was recently seen in Rudy’s Rare Records, The Honey Man is a funny but highly moving exploration of Black British identity, ecological destruction and friendship that crosses generational and cultural divides. Through the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly beekeeper and a troubled young teenager, the play looks at the relationship between two people on the fringes of society.

In a derelict cottage on the grounds of an English country manor house, ageing Caribbean recluse, Honey Man, tries in vain to save his colony of bees. His life is set to change when fiery teenage heiress Misty charges into his world and challenges all he knows. Initially, the two clash, but over time, an unlikely friendship develops. Events take a dramatic turn when an antique painting reveals a secret that connects their lives in ways they never imagined, shedding light on the histories hidden in art and the connections between English heritage and the history of slavery.

Writer Tyrone Huggins said, “Over the last few years I’ve become aware that a generation of ‘digital natives’ has grown up surrounded by digital technology as a fact of life. I began imagining how it would be for a youngster from that generation to encounter someone who was almost locked in another time and way of life. I was also interested by how the moment by moment connectedness of the digital world was squeezing out time to reflect and bringing its own form of loneliness. The Honey Man allowed me to bring two characters together who appear to have nothing in common. And because neither has anyone else, they have to search for what they can share; survival of the bees and their British colonial history.”

Cast Tyrone Huggins and Beatrice Allen | Written by Tyrone Huggins | Directed by Emma Bernard

Listings information

16 Feb – 21 Feb - The DOOR, Birmingham Repertory Theatre*
Centenary Square, B1 2EP
8pm | £10-£12, £7-£9 (concs)
0121 236 4455 |

24 Feb - Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
1pm & 7.30pm | £10, £8 (concs), £5 (matinee)
01902 321321 |

27 Feb - Stamford Arts Centre
27 Saint Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL
7.30pm | £12, £10 (concs), £8.50 (students & groups)
01780 763203 |

3 – 4 Mar - The Albany, Deptford
Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
7.30pm, Tue Matinee 11am £12, £10 (concs)
020 8692 4446 |

10 Mar - St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth
King Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2PG
7.30pm | £12, £10 (concs), £5 (under 16s)
01493 331484 |

11 Mar - Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR
7.30pm | £8.50 - £16.50
01284 769505 |

12 - 13 Mar - Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1 RE
7.30pm | £13, £9 (concs), £6 (under 18s)
01865 812150 |

17 Mar - The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
High Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE
8pm | £12, £10 (concs)
01442 228091 |

18 Mar Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham
Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX
7.30pm | £12 / £10 (concs)
020 8365 5450 |

19 Mar Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square Leeds LS2 3AD
7.30pm | £12.50, £10.50 (concs)
0113 224 3801 |

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