The Honey Man by Tyrone Huggins
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.
Cast and creatives
Director Emma Bernard
Designer Timothy Bird
Composer and Sound Designer Joseph Roberts
Lighting Designer Simon Bond
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 16-21 February, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 24 February, Stamford Arts Centre 27 February, The Albany 3-4 March, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth 10 March, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 11 March, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford 12-13 March, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 17 March, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham 18 March, Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds 19 March.