Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a theme of pro-tolerance.
The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles (of the British songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe). Aimed primarily at children and their parents, the musical is set in the countryside (originally “a backwater of England”, although American productions usually relocate this to the U.S.).
The story features Ugly, a duckling who discovers his inner beauty when he becomes a swan, his tearful mother Ida, a drake who “ducks” his fatherly responsibilities, a gaggle of comical geese, a sly, french tomcat who wants to befriend Ugly so he can eat him, a wisecracking bullfrog, and other barnyard creatures, together with a great many “fowl” puns.
Cast & Creative
|The Cat||Bryan Cardus|
|Henrietta||Susan M Sworn|
|Jackie Daw||Robbin Pearce|
|Mother Swan||Zoe Harvey Lee|
|Father Swan||Matthew Stainer|
|Musical Director||Nick Sanders|
|Production Manager||Clair Williams|
|Stage Manager||Eric Williams|
|Lighting Designer||Ed Pagett|
|Sound Design||David Gibbs|
|Set Design||Wesley Henderson Roe|
|Wardrobe||Zoe Harvey Lee|
|Front of House||Alan O'Shea|
|Hair Wigs and Make-up||Louise Turnbull|
Reviews & Awards
- Winner SWAN Award Best performer in a musical – Bryan Cardus
- Nominated SWAN Award Best supporting male performer in a musical – Loz Keal
- Nominated SWAN Award Best performer in a musical – Lizzy Ross
Mark Aspen - Richmond & Twickenham Times
What a quacker of a show! Whoops, sorry, mustn’t do that! For puns per square inch, Honk is already top of the pecking order. And as librettist Anthony Drewe’s musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic, The Ugly Duckling, the puns are awfully ornithological. For its first production this season BROS has taken wing and migrated to ACT, the new Arthur Cotterell Theatre in Kingston, where the combination of Wesley Henderson Roe’s set and Edward Pagett’s lighting created a shimmering blue lake next to a muddy farmyard. Here Ugly and his four siblings emerge from their eggs, the pride of mother duck Ida but to the mixed feelings of Drake, energetically played by Jim Trimmer. Most of the farmyard animals, such as Maureen the moorhen (Janet Simpson) and Turkey (Chris Morris) are repelled by Ugly, but the aristocratic mandarin duck, Grace (Lynne Shirley) is more diplomatic.
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