Tree’s starring role in St Albans’ Company of Ten’s play

10:35 15 May 2014

dress rehearsal pix

dress rehearsal pix

© 2013 surrealimages.co.uk/Steven Else

Being wooden isn’t usually a quality the Company of Ten looks for in its performers but it has made an exception for the next production.

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Round and Round the Garden runs from tonight (Thursday) to May 24 but luckily for the audience, the performer in question is not an actor but a tree.

Before making its stage debut, the tree – which forms the centrepiece of the garden where the action takes place – grew just outside the theatre in Verulamium Park.

Director Alan Bobroff explained: “Some of the land beside the theatre was recently cleared so we could extend our car park. When we realised the tree was being felled, we just knew we had to have it for our play.

“However, since it was cut down about a month ago it has lost a lot of its leaves, which could have been a problem as Round and Round the Garden takes place in the summer.

“Luckily we have a very talented props manager in Judith Goodban, and she and her team have done a fantastic job not only of re-leafing the tree with artificial leaves but also of making the entire set look like an authentic English country garden in full bloom, complete with lawn, flowers and foliage.”

Round and Round the Garden is one of the plays in Ayckbourn‘s trilogy The Norman Conquests which are all set in the same country house over a single weekend.

For further details of performance times go to www.abbeytheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01727 857861.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

16:15
Police wish to speak to this man in connection with a theft from a Costa Coffee in Cambridge.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in relation with a theft in Cambridge.

15:29
Archant General Election Survey

It’s nearly time to cast your vote and with just a week to go before the country goes to the polls, we want to know your current views on several key issues.

12:00
Jo Bradshaw was airlifted to Everest Base Camp.

An adventure leader from Great Chishill has been rescued after becoming stranded on Mount Everest by the devastating earthquake which has killed hundreds of people in Nepal.

10:20

Organisers gearing up for June’s Rhythms of the World music and community arts festival in Hitchin are spreading the net to recruit the volunteer army which will make the weekend go with a swing.

”North

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition