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Review: Aladdin by Honiton Community Theatre Co.

Official NODA Review “Effervescent production with a lavish touch and oodles of fun” ‘A sea of colour and cast’ could best describe first impressions of this vibrant pantomime by a society we have learnt to expect some of the best from! The script by Jack Northcott contained the greater part of the known and expected set pieces for pantomime, but ... Read More »

NODA review of Urinetown

Congratulations to Honiton Community Theatre Company for their NODA report for their summer production of Urinetown the Musical here at The Beehive. This is what they had to say: “To pee or not to pee” was that the question in this “take notice” albeit unfortunately named musical about a water shortage which leads to a ban on private toilets. The Urine ... Read More »

Review: India Electric Co.

You name it; they can play it. From gypsy jazz to contemporary folk “India electric co.” incorporate exotic musical influences into a colourful live performance. Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe return to the Beehive in Honiton to play an intimate gig in their home town. As the duo take the stage Joseph begins the distinctive introduction to “Lost in translation” ... Read More »

Review: Wonderful Will

“All The World’s a Stage and all the men and women merely players”.  With these famous lines the audience at The Beehive last Saturday night (11th June 16) were led into a wonderful celebration of Shakespeare’s life and work. The cast of local actors and singers, performed superbly as they used “the seven ages of man” speech from “As You ... Read More »

Review: Honiton Festival of Imagination

The Beehive was a-buzz with activity on both Friday and Saturday last week for the second Festival of Imagination. On Friday nearly 60 children from primary schools in Honiton, Awliscombe, Stockland, Offwell and Upottery, enjoyed some exciting workshops led by an astronomer from the Ogden Trust, a physicist from the Institute of Physics, a meteorologist from the Met. Office, a ... Read More »

From Cider Swillers to Floor Fillers

Six Welshmen walk into a concert venue. What follows isn’t a joke, but the most energetic and enjoyable live performance I’ve ever seen. Monmouthshire based six-piece Rusty Shackle came to Honiton’s ‘The Beehive’ as the final leg of their ‘Dusk’ tour, which shares its name with the title of their latest album. As they took the stage, drummer Owen Emmanuel ... Read More »

Whoops, They did it again.

Just when you were beginning to recover from those rampaging Viqueens, the Whoops ensemble return, this time with a clever blend of hardboiled detective story and timeless fairy tale: Kiss Your Love Goodbye. Can Agent Charming ‘the man with the golden kiss’ save Olde Worlde? Can he defeat Baron Fauntless? Will he win the love of the winsome Wallflower? Of ... Read More »

Mark Chadwick / Sweet Black Angels – Feb 6th 2016

The last time I saw Mark Chadwick I was surrounded by a couple of thousand other punters at the Birmingham Academy and he was surrounded by the band he formed way back in 1988, The Levellers. This evening he was flying solo and audience numbers were a more modest 200 or so, at least one of whom had travelled all ... Read More »

‘Chaplin’ by Pip Utton

Chaplin is arguably the single most important artist produced by the cinema, certainly its most extraordinary performer and probably still its most universal icon. Everyone agrees on this: the British Film Institute, Time Magazine, the American Film Institute, Sight and Sound Magazine, actors, directors, producers, movie buffs, various Film Studies professors at Kent University…..everyone. Attempts to pin down the genius ... Read More »

Defrosted

Catty Watty strides into centre stage and stridently asks: “Do you want to build…..”, she pauses for dramatic effect, “………… a bungalow?” It’s a packed out show at The Beehive and the children – most of who are around six years old or younger – all shout and scream a raucous “Nooooooooo!” at the tops of their little lungs. “Ooh! ... Read More »

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