Remote Goat: Sweetness and sourness blended together

Ben Macnair

Honey, a brand new play, of which I saw the fifth performance, is an original piece devised by Reaction Theatre Makers, and it is a fine invention, which takes in serious, modern concerns, but also rhapsodises about the importance of nature, of family, and living life to the full.

The stage is unusual, in that it is three Beehives, that develop and change as the play develops, with the many characters forming a family of sorts, living a life in the Welsh Hills. The careful, sympathetic lighting by Hansjborg Schmidt adds a sense of wide expanse, but also of claustrophobia, whilst the original musical score, provided by both modern technology, and live musicians lifts the play far above the mundane. Although many familiar tropes are used, such as an alcoholic mother, an absentee soldier father, and an austic child, the ingredients are blended in such a way that it is the characters and dialogue, rather than the expected cliches that stand out in this production. The blend of pathos, tragedy, and comedy was realistic, whilst the acting was of a uniformly high standard.

A Tattoo artist for a sister, and other family members also add to the story line, and whilst the play is only relatively short, it covers a lot of ground, in both character development, and sharing information with the audience, in a way that is entertaining.