In a Christmassy setting by Paul Barry the David Hennessy Junior Stage School delighted family audiences at Garter lane with a beautiful production of Honk! A poultry take down on the farm, it is ideal for stage schools with its Ugly Duckling theme and some delightful animal characterisations and David Hennessy directed and choreographed with confidence and aplomb.

Ryan Cunningham’s Drake set the scene beside the lake as Julie Power charmed the audience with a spot-on performance of Ida – the mother duck. Her opening song Joy of Motherhood was just the beginning of an exceptionally emotional part that grew and grew. Rachel Cody’s Maureen was sharp and detailed as the Ducklings arrived – they were Aisling Giles, Emily Grant, Hannah Hannigan, Megan Delaney and Rebecca Shanahan.