Bringing ‘lyrical magic’ to Sheffield this May will be the ‘visually stunning’ play, Honey, produced by the Reaction Theatre Makers.
The Malvern-based theatre company have been preparing for their national tour, having already established glowing support for their play in the Worcestershire hills.
Honey gave audiences a glimpse into a rural Welsh community, where a fraying family have been trying to stitch together a quilt, which eloquently mirrors the patchwork nature of the narrative.
The meditative writing absorbed those watching into the internal dialogues of a boy with autism, his mother, her tattoo-artist sister and their estranged half-sibling in their struggle to deal with missing a part of their family, creating a gentle but profound drama.
Written and directed by Tiffany Hosking, the play’s use of minimalistic staging completely entranced viewers who were lulled into the near-tangible lush setting of the Welsh valleys.
As Bev Bevan, founder of the Worcestershire Theatre Makers, writes: “Visually stunning but simple staging, lighting design and soundscape were used to full affect showing of the versatility of simple props and innovative use.”Andy J Major, an independent reviewer, was also engaged by the play’s rich atmosphere which was only accentuated by its use of specially crafted folk music.
He said: “Honey’s understated lyrical magic is its power to call us on through personal spaces we’d rather disown.”
This production comes as the third instalment in The Earth Mind Trilogy which focuses on mental well-being and our changing environment. The other plays, The Slip and Fish Head, received five star reviews.
The Reaction Theatre Makers, established in 2002, reside at the Malvern Cube and are a key part in developing their community’s art scene by inspiring new artists and delivering workshops for abled and differently abled people as well as those with learning difficulties.
Their work centres on the changing landscape of nature and the human mind which is represented in a filmic style, with a collision of text, dance and original musical scores that highlight the link between health and creativity.
Honey will be coming to DINA, Sheffield, on the May 5 with curtains rising at 7pm. To get your tickets, please visit: reactiontheatremakers.com/index.php/portfolio/honey/
Production shots from the most recent performance in Aberystwyth.
Press release devised by Diana Read.