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Classic family tale given modern retelling at Adam Smith Theatre

11 February 2020

A fantastic new interpretation of a classic family tale of mystery, friendship, loss and the restorative power of nature will be delighting audiences young and old at the Adam Smith Theatre on Saturday, February 9.

The Secret Garden has been a favourite with readers young and old since it was published in 1911 and much like the novel, this new production is full of poignancy and rich characters – but it steps away from the original setting in Victorian England, to a place resembling modern-day rural Scotland, with Mary as a feisty, funny and unlikely heroine.

When Mary arrives to live with her uncle, everyone agrees she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. And it’s true, too. She is grumpy and difficult…and also very lonely. That all changes when Mary finds a mysterious garden that has been locked and hidden away for years. There she discovers wonders and magic she never imagined possible.

Rosalind Sydney, creator and co-director of The Secret Garden, said: “I’ve always loved this story and was delighted when I re-read it that it felt as relevant to me now as it did when I was a child.

“I’m excited about presenting a new version which keeps the integrity and richness of the characters and beloved story, but has a very different energy, physicality and aesthetic to the novel. And one which keeps its young audience and their adults amused, gripped and guessing.”

The Secret Garden is produced by award-winning family theatre company Red Bridge Arts, winner of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People.

Acclaimed for its unique brand of inventive family theatre, and retelling of much-loved classic tales, Red Bridge Arts believe now is the time to bring The Secret Garden to a new generation of story-lovers.

Alice McGrath, creative director and founder of Red Bridge Arts, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Ros and the company on this modern adaptation of a much-loved classic tale.

“The Secret Garden is mysterious and magical, as well as truthful and insightful. It speaks of the transformative and restorative power of nature and of the great benefits of connecting and protecting the natural world and all of its inhabitants.

“We know from our other classic adaptation, Black Beauty, that audiences of all ages enjoy visiting and re-visiting these stories. For us, it is so joyful to know we play a role in bringing generations together to share them afresh.”

The Secret Garden is at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, on Saturday, February 9. Details and tickets at www.onfife.com or any ONFife box office.


For further information please contact: Sheona Small, Press Officer, tel 07809 727 989 or 03451 555 555 ext 445046, or email: sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors:

· Fife Cultural Trust (ONFife) manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information about Fife Cultural Trust can be found online at www.onfife.com