In the Lady Garden

by The Lady Gardeners in Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Please support The Lady Gardeners, a theatre company of three women over 60, make their Edinburgh Fringe debut with IN THE LADY GARDEN.

by The Lady Gardeners in Plymouth, United Kingdom

The Lady Gardeners, a theatre company made up of three women over 60, present their extraordinary Edinburgh Fringe debut, a rip-roaring feminist comedy, In the Lady Garden

'Elderly ladies should find a nice, gentle little hobby' they said.

So, Babs Horton (70) wrote the outrageously funny play, 'In the Lady Garden', directed by Deborah Edgington (63) and performed by Julia Faulkner (62) who plays the part of Alice plus 21 other characters in a virtuoso performance.

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Left to right: Deborah (director), Babs (writer) and Julia (actor). 

PLAY SYNOPSIS 

At 69, Alice thinks life is full of mysteries - the menopause, bikini waxing, multiple orgasms, social media, sexuality and Sylvia Plath. 

She wonders, if she hadn't been expelled from convent school and if she hadn't had sex with Keith from the sausage rolls section, what might her life have been? 

Will Alice shake off the shackles of the patriarchy and live out the rest of her days with outrageous abandon? 

Find out in this 'hilarious'  comedy.

OUR STORY SO FAR... 

It was the summer of 2021 when we first discussed bringing 'In the Lady Garden' to the stage. 

Eighteen months later, with the support of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, 'In the Lady Garden' had four performances in The Lab, which to our surprise SOLD OUT immediately.

Now, three years on, we are absolutely thrilled to announce 'In the Lady Garden' has been selected as one of the seven Edinburgh National Partnership shows supported by the Pleasance, in association with the Theatre Royal Plymouth, which is a huge honour and a wonderful endorsement. We are chuffed to bits and fizzing with excitement.

We will be previewing at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth 18, 19 & 20 July before we head up to Edinburgh, performing at Bunker One, Pleasance Courtyard from 31 July to 26 August. Tickets are now on sale at both venues.

It is quite remarkable that we are making our Edinburgh Fringe debut in our 60s and 70s - something none of us ever expected to be doing at our time of life! We can't wait!  

WHY WE WOULD LOVE YOUR SUPPORT

• There is nothing else like 'In the Lady Garden' currently touring or going to Edinburgh this summer. 

• We are a unique theatre company made up of three women over 60 breaking all the stereotypical rules on ageing. 

• Rarely have women over 60 been known to take up brand new careers in theatre, let alone take a show to Edinburgh for the very first time. 

• Older women rarely see themselves portrayed on stage, especially as a strong central character, and their representation matters. 

• Women are the primary ticket bookers and make up nearly two-thirds of UK theatre audiences and they deserve to see their own stories played out on the stage.

• Ageism is rife within the arts yet we are defying the odds and boldly breaking down barriers to age and sex discrimination at a time when most women our age are looking to retire.

• People of all ages often feel that they’ve missed the window to follow their dreams. We would like to inspire and reach out to those people, to prove that the phrase, ‘it’s never too late’, isn’t just a cliché, it’s a call to action. 

• 'In the Lady Garden' is also relevant to young women today who are having the same conversations that their mothers were having since the 1960s. 

• In 2022, only 26% of all writers in UK theatre were female. 'In the Lady Garden' is written, directed and acted by women. Let's get more older women working in theatre.

THE LADY GARDENERS - WHO WE ARE

1715133463_picture3.jpgBabs Horton - the writer   
Babs was Head of English in an adolescent psychiatric unit where she witnessed the power of literature in enhancing the experiences of fragile young people helping them challenge their thinking and move forward in their lives.                                                                                                               

She has seven published novels, her debut, A Jarful of Angels, won the Pendleton May First novel award and was shortlisted for Authors Club First Novel Award. 

Her first play Wings was longlisted for the Bruntwood prize and In the Lady Garden was performed in October 2022 in the Lab at Theatre Royal Plymouth. She has just completed her third play, Goose. 

Babs is a writing fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and has worked as a practitioner for Theatre Royal Plymouth, running writing workshops for the People’s Company and Acting Up.

Deborah Edgington - the director1715133569_picture5.jpg Before becoming a director Deborah had worked in arts fundraising and the charity sector. But in 2013, when she was fifty-three years of age she swapped her desk job at the former Nuffield Theatre, where she was Head of Fundraising, to take up a place on the directing course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The following year she co-directed her first professional play, Muswell Hill by Torben Betts.
                                                                                                  Since then her other directing and co-directing credits have included the original production of 'In the Lady Garden' (Theatre Royal Plymouth); My Children! My Africa! (Trafalgar Studios and Tristan Bates Theatre) African Gothic (Park Theatre); The Son of a Precariat (Southwark Playhouse); and her first opera, La Boheme for Instant Opera. In 2008, she co-founded a national new writing festival, 10x10, which she ran for ten years.

www.deborahedgingtondirector.com/

1715133939_picture4.jpgJulia Faulkner - the actor                                              Julia graduated from The Guildford School of Acting in 1983. In her early career she performed both in the West End and on tour in the UK. She took a break from acting to raise her children and did a degree with the Open University and joined the Workers’ Educational Association, where she organised ESOL and English classes.

Julia returned to her acting career in her forties and appeared in musicals, comedies, dramas, pantomimes, and weekly rep.

Favourite roles include Alice in 'In the Lady Garden', Granny in Gangsta Granny, Sheila in Relatively Speaking, Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard and Bawd/Dionyza in Pericles. 

Julia has recorded audio books, appeared in TV commercials, TV shows and short films - most recently playing Nurse in the award-winning short film, A Matter of Choice (2023). In 2023 Julia directed a new play, Dal Segno at Theatre at The Tabard.

COSTS

Producing a play is, unfortunately, expensive. 

Despite the generous in-kind support we are receiving from the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Pleasance towards rehearsal space, producer support, poster design and poster sites, we still need to raise an additional £15,000 to cover the costs of artist’s fees, set & props, technical support, marketing and  PR, accommodation, set transportation, company travel and insurance. 

We have set our crowdfunding target at £10,000 which is the minimum amount we need to raise to cover our costs. Anything more would be the icing on the cake!

Breakdown of our costs

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We fully recognise times are tough, which is why we are asking you to pay what you can. Every donation we receive is very much appreciated.

In addition, we would be grateful if you could please help us spread the word; tell your family and friends about the show or better still, come and see us in Plymouth or Edinburgh. We'd love to say hello.

Thank you from The Lady Gardeners - Babs, Deborah and Julia x

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