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The Gardener (Cumbernauld Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

The idea behind this production is beautifully simple; Frank (Crawford Logan) is meant to be giving a talk on gardening to fellow residents (played by the audience) at an old people’s home. Tea and biscuits are served, Eilidh the nurse (Nicola Roy) fusses over us all, but we quickly learn that Frank’s talk isn’t quite what it first seemed, but is instead the story of his greatest loves and losses. The play was inspired by Cumbernauld Theatre’s community arts work with older people, and their wish to express ideas about grief, love and death. Perhaps this is how it so perfectly achieves its moving honesty. It’ll first warm your heart, then touch it, and ultimately break it.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Emily Mildren]