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HoneyBee (Eleanor Dillon-Reams)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

At once beautifully, intricately wrought and yet entirely honest, ‘HoneyBee’ has a truth at its pulsing heart that you cannot help but be moved by. Billed as “Fleabag meets Kate Tempest”, it is written and performed by the brilliantly talented Eleanor Dillon-Reams. We follow a young woman through the hedonistic last night of a festival, her narrative interspersed with meditations on the complexities of modern life, on how to be a good person – specifically, a good woman – and the ethical, cultural and emotional pressures we impose on ourselves, and each other. Just as you put a spoon of sugar-water out for a dying bee, Dillon-Reams offers us something we need: nourishment for the psyche, something sweet, but not cloying. We leave united, uplifted, inspired. 

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]