The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, adapted for the stage by Shelley Piasecka
Performed by acting and drama students from the University of Chester
Cast: Erin Dove, Louis Gibson, Finn Knowles, Ben Pratt, Hermione Nicholson
“Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden — in all the places.”
The Secret Garden, published in 1911, is a popular and much-loved classic of children’s literature. It tells the story of Mary Lennox, a British girl born in India to wealthy parents. After the death of her parents, who cared little for her, she moves to England to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. Here, she makes friends for the first time in her life and experiences the magical and healing qualities of nature. And there is something else. What is the strange crying that haunts Misselthwaite Manor after the lights go down?
In this modern adaptation, we bring to life Mary’s journey retold through the eyes of Michael Lennox. Expect to see some new characters as well as old faithful Ben Weatherstaff and Robin Redbreast.
Shelley Piasecka is Associate Professor of Theatre and Applied Drama at the University of Chester. She supports her teaching and research as a theatre director and writer and is co-founder of Piasecki & Piasecka Theatre Company, which she runs with her husband and together they have shown their work to UK and international audiences.