Saturday, 12 May 2012

Born In The Gardens (theatre)

Born In The Gardens is the new touring production from Creative Cow, the Devon-based company that performed the well-received Look Back In Anger at the Underground Theatre last year. Born In The Gardens is presented in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

If you've been enjoying the nostalgia of the 1970s programmes on the BBC recently, you might also enjoy this Peter Nicholls comedy which is set in 1979. Directed by Amanda Knott, the play stars Katherine Senior as Maud, Edward Ferrow as Mo, Jonathan Parish as Hedley and Rachel Howells as Queenie. 

As the rest of the nation is embracing new technologies and social behaviours, a mother and son seem content to let such wonders pass them by. Living in an ageing mock-Tudor house in Bristol, Maud and her stay-at-home son, Mo, pass their days happily together. He talks to the cat, plays his drums and concocts ridiculous cocktails for them both while she sits chatting away to the people on the telly. No amount of coaxing from Maud’s suave son Hedley, and Mo’s glamorous twin sister, Queenie, will persuade the eccentric pair to lead a more normal life – even the “michael wave” is a gadget too far and part of a world neither wishes to inhabit.

Underground Theatre, Sat 26th May, 19:30.
£10 (UGT members/students £9)

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