‘Humble Boy’ is the bees’ knees!

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Sue Morgan as Mercy, Chris Powell as Felix and Rosematy Bissex as Flora (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Set in an English country garden, ‘Humble Boy’ by Charlotte Jones is a fresh take on Hamlet with its melancholic main character, Felix Humble, an ill-adjusted, inadequate astro- physicist whose attempts to conceive a general theory of everything have come to nothing.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

'Humble Boy' takes place in the not so tranquil setting of an English country garden (Photo:Phil Mansell)

He returns to his late father’s Cotswold garden to find his beloved bees have disappeared and his mother preparing to re-marry a man totally unlike her late husband.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Felix (Chris Powell) shows the contents of his urn to Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

 James Humble had been an unassuming biology teacher with a passion for the quiet pastimes of gardening and beekeeping; boyfriend George Pye is a brash and randy entrepreneur with a taste for big band music.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) shows her true feelings for bumbling Felix (Chris Powell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Chris Powell plays Felix, a cumbersome, tongue-tied figure who cannot stumble across a garden hose without using it to illustrate the finer points of string theory before twisting it into a noose.

In this gently observant play, writer Charlotte Jones’s manages to combine complex science with acute, comic characterisations that echo Tom Stoppard at his finest.

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