Charming and sensitive Welsh work - Remote Goat
Honey was a very sensitively handled piece that looked at the way autism, war and refugees influenced life in a Welsh village. Bees and nature also highlighted the way that life can be challenged when a simple way of life becomes complicated.
Instinct and an insight into minds that are always looking for hope are just two of the areas that are explored in Honey. Three sisters, three ways of working. One is a fretful mother trying to get by in life with her selling honey, one making her way with her own studio and wanting a family, the other estranged and has psychic intuition.
All three actresses brought several aspects to their roles that usually is rare to see. Vey Straker played Anwen who not only sold honey, but was trying to find a way to get close to her autistic son. She showed dignity and raw emotion as she struggled to get close to a balance in survival and living. But the real appeal to her was her clear distress in trying to understand her son Caron as he loses himself in dance and bees.
Jemma Lewes played the creative aunt to Callan, Celandine. She was extremely vibrant in her character choices and made it clear that she was wanting to make a difference to people's lives in her tattoo work, as well as making others happy. She was fun and mesmerising to watch as she danced with Caron, showing her willingness to play and understand him.
Jenni Lea Jones played Armes the estranged psychic sister who is eventually brought back into the family fold. She had the most tricky role to play, due to her freedom and intuition as opposed to traditional ways of working. But this was well handled and her heartfelt singing brought the while theatre to a haunting sense of quiet as she got the audience to listen.
But it was Callan Durrant's mesmerising role as Callan that stole our hearts and the show. His sense of awareness through his childlike state was second to none and his only speech he gives to the audience stunned us into silence. This was a very rare opportunity to see inside the mind of an autistic person - what might they be thinking? He said this one line that struck a chord - 'I am a messenger. The only way to see into my eyes is by looking into yours.' This was the ultimate summing up of how we tend to judge too quickly someone's behaviour if what they do is beyond our understanding. This was extremely well handled by Callan.
This has become an instant highlight of the fringe and we at Remotegoat wish the company well on their upcoming tour. This play must not be missed!
Written by Sascha Cooper