This post is a look to our future into a new piece called Gorilla Gardening. It is a three-handed family show aimed at 3+ year olds. Adapted from Emma Howell’s poem of the same name. The show is composed with a rich abundance of colour, texture and a touch of horticultural anarchy!
The play encourages young people to engage with the outdoors through the imagining of Gorillas as horticulturalists. As a piece, it’s mission is to engage children with the outdoors, get them active and aware of how things grow and where their food comes from. Under the cover of darkness Gorillas raise sunflowers, raspberries, beans and lavender to keep pollution at bay and prepare the soil for many of the things we take for granted.
Gorilla Gardening is supported by Bristol Old Vic Outreach, Ernest Cook foundation and is also endorsed by one of Britain's most loved wildlife presenters Steve Backshall.
'Kids need to be a part of the natural world in ways we cannot even quantify, but in ways I see every day…The temptations and addictions of the modern world are so powerful, the rewards of nature desperately important.' Steve Backshall on Gorilla Gardening
This has been bubbling away for sometime and it is a real delight to have the resources available to share some images and the trailer of our Research and Development days taken early last month.
So now is the time for planning and fundraising, scheduling schools and tightening budgets.
We are currently looking to secure a series of venues and festivals for Friday/Saturday/Sunday shows throughout June and July. Whilst during the week it will tour to schools in Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and The Forest of Dean.