ALLOTMENT is a darkly funny play about two green-fingered sisters, Dora and Maddy, who live out their rivalry among the plants. It first saw life on a real allotment in Inverleith during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, when it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award, as well as the first Fringe Award for Sustainable Practice in the Arts from the CSPA.
ALLOTMENT was directed by Kate Nelson of Nutshell Theatre. The original cast were Pauline Goldsmith and Nicola Jo Cully, with Gowan Calder taking over from Pauline for 2012, and a tour of national gardens and outdoor spaces from Inverness to Cornwall.
The company first visited Inverleith Allotments on a grim day in February, and over the next few months, the site blossomed beautifully into a lush backdrop, complete with live bees. On tour, every production was set against a different planted backdrop, often created by local community groups. The actors were magnificent, especially in the occasional Scottish rain.
Some gathered stars for Allotment:
***** Fringe Review
**** The List
**** Three Weeks
**** British Theatre Guide
**** What’s On Stage
Must See! The Stage
We also had some fabulous visitor book comments from the intrepid audience – thank you!
Allotment is due to head out on tour again in 2016. Watch this space.