The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic that played a big part in my reading collection when I was young and this adaption brings to life the tale of discoveries and growing up wonderfully. In the Wine Bar at Gilded Balloon, in a tucked away (almost secretive) venue itself, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre company are at the festival for another year to show off their young talent.
Mary Lennox has grown up in India and when she is sent to live with her Uncle, she becomes even more lonely and sullen than ever before, highlighting her spoilt mannerisms and childish ways. As she starts to get accustomed to the Yorkshire ways (and accents!) she finds out about a once much loved garden which she is determined to discover and explore.
The young cast depict the tale cleverly, working well with a lot of actors in a difficult space, and as Mary makes new friends and learns how to garden, her roses and other flowers are not the only things to blossom. Alongside a brilliant piano accompaniment, the ensemble work hard to create a performance which seems to flow smoothly from one scene to the next.
Definitely one for the older children, due to the amount of dialogue, and a sure hit for any fans of the book. This production is well put together using a strong ensemble, capturing the charm of the original in a heart warming musical production.
The Secret Garden | Gilded Balloon | 12:00