Ida laments about what it's like to lose one of your children "Every Tear a Mother Cries". Ida, despite even her dissolute husband, Drake, joining in the bullying of Ugly, loves her freaky chick, but when she is distracted by a French bread treat, Ugly is drawn away by a duplicitous cat and so spends a year trying to get back to his family, while his mother searches in vain.
It finally hatches to reveal Ugly. Penny, knowing Ugly is a swan, invites him to migrate with her, but Ugly insists that he can't.
Though there's a touch too much sentimentality for my taste and a slightly off-message conclusion that the meek shall inherit the earth - but only if they are beautiful - Honk! Ida is initially shocked but is overjoyed that the new arrival is not a turkey.
They too make fun of him not only for his looks but also for not being of "their sort" "It Takes All Sorts". The seven strong cast of actor-musicians, backed up by Oli Rew's excellent band, do a fine job, but the emotional heart of the tale is carried by Ellie Nunn as the forsaken mother and Liam Vincent Kilbridge as the lost cygnet.