Stripey Honey…is very yummy | Mashi Theatre

Stripey honey… is very yummy is a Big Imaginations commission, written by Sayan Kent from a concept by Trina Haldar.

Adventure into the forests of the Sundarbans, the land between India and Bangladesh, the home of the Royal Bengal Tigers and Honey Bees, as Mashi takes you on a playful journey into the jungle to discover how the tigers and honey bees struggle for survival.

As fisher-women leave their boats on the river to collect honey, they keep a look out for roaming tigers, with fierce masks on the backs of their heads as their only protection. Journeying into the jungle, they climb high into the trees to collect some honey from the giant bees …. but what happens when the tigers lend them a paw?

Mashi has brought to life a new play for young audiences, with tales of adventure and fun and with music by award-winning composer Arun Ghosh, song, dance and puppetry. The story explores the lives of some of our most precious but endangered species, who unite to save their homes.



Mashi Theatre is known for sharing universal stories with a playfulness and colourful exploration evocative of Asian culture.

From the director, Trina Haldar:
“Having visited India numerous times as a child, I was exposed to many different ways of living, which were both challenging and insightful. The ‘beautiful forest’ Sunderban, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is one of those places. In a world where divisions are on the increase, I want to invite children and their families to another world, deep in the jungle, where borders are undefined, where the Mangrove Forest protects all creatures; the Tigers, Bees and people living together in close proximity. Where the river nurtures life in all its forms and leave children to wonder, what part they might to play, in this sometimes stripey dance!”

Mashi Theatre shares stories for the child in all of us. ‘Mashi’ being the keeper of stories, teller of tales, a playmaker and confidante. In the Asian culture a ‘Mashi’ is comparable to the western ‘aunt’, not necessarily a blood relative but someone who assumes the role.

This production is a Big Imaginations commission in partnership with The Spark Arts for Children & supported by The Dukes, Lancaster and Arts Council England.