Old Herbaceous

Old Herbaceous
Date/Time - Sunday 28/02/2016 - 7:30 PM -

OLD HERBACEOUS
by Alfred Shaughnessy from the novel by Reginald Arkell

From the same company which enjoyed great success last year with their production of Stoppard’s Heroes

Old Herbaceous is a classic British novel of the garden , with a title character as outsized and unforgettable as P G Wodehouses’s immortal manservant Jeeves . Born at the dusk of the Victorian era Bert Pinnegar , an awkward orphan child with one leg a tad longer than the other , rises from inauspicious schoolboy days picking wild flowers and dodging angry farmers to become the legendary head gardener Old Herbaceous , the most esteemed flower show judge in the country and a famed horticultural wizard capable of producing dazzling April strawberries from the greenhouse and the exact Morning Glories his lady spies on the French Riviera “so blue , so blue it positively hurts”
Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom Old Herbaceous is a witty comic portrait of the most archetypal – and crotchety – head gardener ever to plant a row of bulbs at a British country house
“Downton Abbey with gardening tips” The Guardian

A word from the Director , Simon Downing“……………
Old Herbaceous is a story of one man working at the the same gardening job for all his working life. He sees the world change from a Victorian age through Edwardian to a modern world in 1970 when the play is set. Although it is the story of one man’s life, it encompasses so many different stories and sub-plots. It has been a joy to discover this man’s journey,which centres around a platonic,unrequited love story across social boundaries. It is basically UPSTAIRS,OUTSIDE,rather than UPSTAIRS,DOWNSTAIRS.Above all it is a look at a world that no longer exists and a nostalgic yearning to return to a way of life gone forever.What surprised me most was how moving the piece is. So bring your tissues,you may need them”

Tickets : £12.50
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Doors open at 7.00pm