Garden (3 stars)

This article is from 2015


credit: James Black

Insightful, funny and original story about modern life

Lucy is a wallflower. She’s one of those women who, if you were to put her in a hot air balloon with her office colleagues and everyone had to argue why they should be saved, they’d save the photocopier and push her out.

Working at Insignia Asset Management Lucy isn’t quite the high-flier her boss would like her to be. One day she nicks the office pot plant and brings it home. In her flat, 24 floors up, she begins to build her own world around it. Soon she’s slipping soil into the office coffee and dabbing unsuspecting commuters with bits of sky, and before long life takes on a whole different meaning.

Contemplative and contemporary, this is a story of modern life and how the pressures of work and city living can take their toll. Lucy seeks solace in the wilderness of her world, and slowly, as the outdoors comes in, she begins to understand just what it is she’s looking for.

Original, insightful and very funny, this is an hour-long drama that really gets to the heart of what it means to be human. It’s an emotive and considered performance that’s both fun and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 3.30pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).


  • 3 stars

The critically acclaimed drama, written and performed by Lucy Grace, tells of one city dweller's journey into the natural world.