As the nights are drawing in, some of us are feeling the blues at the Beehive.
Sue Waring, a woman of exceptional enthusiasm for anything associated with education and kindling a passion for science and the arts has recently passed away. This has been a terrific blow not only for her family and friends but also to the local community. Sue was the woman with the vision to head up a team and devise Honiton’s first and second Festival of the Imagination at the Beehive, and now that team will strive to continue providing the public with this hands-on, family-focused festival, in her honour. Plans are afoot for the Festival of Imagination to continue on 28th April 2018.
Another great loss to Honiton and the Beehive is that of a wonderful Welsh man, Tony Simpson, undeniably a man of great conviction, a passionate campaigner for social justice and a stalwart Beehive fan! His boundless enthusiasm, knowledge, and humour will be sorely missed by us and our thoughts go out to Edna and the family.
Now, looking forward to joyful things, after a run of great gigs and sell out shows we hope to have packed houses for our next two:
‘Monmouth: The West Country Rebellion’ is on Sat 11th Nov at 7.30pm.This is an epic historical tale told through the eyes of Alice who joins the rebellion disguised as a young man. The Monmouth Rebellion stands as a crucial and often overlooked first step towards modern democracy. It was the last direct rebellion against the Crown and ended with the very last pitched battle on English soil, the Battle of Sedgemoor. If you missed this show in Lyme then come and see it here in Honiton!
Next, we have ‘Flanders and Swann, recaptured’ on Sat 18th Nov at 7.30pm a wonderful show packed with their classic comedy songs, favourites such as The Hippopotamus Song, The London Omnibus, The Gnu and many others. As a Beehive sponsored fundraiser for the Honiton Admiral Nurse Campaign we are inviting the audience to wear evening dress (optional, but fun!) and stroll up to the bar for a free glass of fizz prior to the show. There will be a raffle for the campaign and prizes contributed a week before the show would be very welcome for this worthy cause.
Comedian Tom Glover will be returning to the Beehive on Thursday 23rd Nov at 8pm with another fab assortment of local talent for ‘The Comedy Avengers’ (16+). Looking forward to this, after a bonkers show last month! Tickets are only £6 in advance and £8 on the door.
We also have the free Folk Café with Sue King on weds 8th Nov, anyone is very welcome to come along and just listen or perform. Likewise our fortnightly Chess, Backgammon & Board Game club in the café bar, the next ones being on Thursday 16th & 29th Nov 7-9pm.
For anyone who missed them at Sidmouth Folk Festival this summer, then get down to the Beehive for ‘Mawkin’ which is one of brit-folk’s brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. **** Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite – The Guardian. See them, hear them on Fri 24th Nov 8pm.
Once again this November we are delighted to be hosting the free INTO Film Festival for young people from 5-19 yrs old and have had a great deal of take-up from primary pupils near and further afield in East Devon. Brilliant to see the Beehive cinema packed with children, some experiencing the delights of the big screen and surround sound for the first time.
Speaking of film, we have the absolutely awesome ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (15) coming on Fri 11th Nov, you can’t beat this for astonishing visuals, intelligent plot and Dystopia with hope! Next up is ‘The Mountain between us’ (12A) on Fri 17th Nov starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet who are stranded on a mountain after a tragic plane crash. Ho hum, wonder what will happen there?!
On Sat 25th Nov we will be screening ‘Lego Ninjago’(U) for all the family at 5pm which will be followed at 7.30pm by ‘The Party’ (15) described as ‘a comedy of tragic proportions’ and ‘Deliciously wicked fun!’ With a top-notch cast of great British actors and director Sally Potter, catch this while you can.
Our Nostalgic film ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (u) will be at 2pm on Friday 30th Nov. A Classic romantic comedy starring Katherine Hepburn as the socialite divorcee caught in a rather complicated love triangle. Also, stars Cary Grant & James Stewart.
We also have some tremendous gigs coming up in December, tickets are selling swiftly for favourites Police Dog Hogan (8/12), The Albion Christmas Band (10/12) and of course, Mad Dog Mcrea (21/12). On Fri 1st Dec you simply must see ‘A Christmas Carol’, performed by the amazing David Mynne, founder member of Kneehigh- prepare for much hilarity! See you there and hopefully before then!
Wendy & the Beehive team.
Photo by Simon Tutty.