It’s an unlikely friendship

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Tyrone Huggins’ The Honey Man is a critically acclaimed story of an elderly Caribbean beekeeper and a dysfunctional wealthy teenager.

Reworked for a brand new production and tour (Stamford Arts Centre, February 27) 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, it 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 Huggins, who stars in the play with Beatrice Allen, said: “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.”

Tickets cost £12, (£10 concessions, £8.50 students & groups) from the box office on 01780 763203 or online at www.stamfordartscentre.com