Alan Ayckbourn’s pair of comedies will be performed simultaneously by the same cast between the theatre and covered seating in its beautiful gardens. With hilarious consequences, one character’s entrance to House in the theatre is another’s exit outside from Garden in this fast-paced duo of plays!
House and Garden ’s storyline can be enjoyed through the eyes of different characters in either the theatre or the garden. Both are complete plays with an interval. You may watch either House or Garden or choose to attend both on separate occasions. It does not matter in which order the plays are watched.
In Garden, fevered preparations for the annual village fete are well underway. Lindy and Barry lead the colourful set-up, occasionally interrupted by mysterious noises from nearby hedges, whilst an unconventional relationship between Pearl, Izzie and aloof gardener Warn unfolds around them. Amidst the manicured setting, gossip, affairs and petty feuds run rife. As a host of vibrant characters and troubled couples mingle throughout the day, emotions begin to unravel before sunset.
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This will be the first time that Ayckbourn’s plays have been performed both inside and out, promising to be very special productions that will be epic and intimate in equal measure.
Elizabeth Freestone has directed for the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe and makes her debut at The Watermill.
Garden takes place outside. Seating is covered but please dress warmly to enjoy the experience of watching the show in the garden.
Please note performances will be at 2pm and 7pm.
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Designed by Neil Irish
Lighting designed by Mark Dymock
Composer and sound designed by Helen Skiera