Ralph Court Gardens

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           'Old Herbaceous'   


Sat 18th May,   Evening marquee performance.

Sat 9th November, Evening marquee performance

Performance starts at 7.30 pm.

Restaurant opens at 5pm. Please contact us on 01885 483225 to reserve a table, We will be offering a large choice of food. Please click our restaurant tab for details.


 It’s a simple story: old Herbert Pinnegar has spent his life as a gardener at ‘the big house’ shares his memories with us.  His interest in flowers and plants was aroused with the help and encouragement of the village schoolmistress.  He won first prize in the village fair’s wild flower competition, and when “My Lady” presented him with the prize and whispered to him that he won because he had carefully cut the flowers, not simply yanked them out of the ground as others had: thus began his lifelong devotion to plants, and to her.  All the village boys were destined to work on the land, but Herbert refused: fortunately he was taken on as an apprentice by Captain and Mrs. Charteris at the Big House. We hear of Herbert’s first day at work and his gradual rise up the ranks within the garden until eventually he becomes head gardener, addressed as “Mr Pinnegar”.

  

A few useful gardening tips are slipped in among his stories.  He learned a valuable lesson about the fickleness of women at an early age, and we gradually realise his mute adoration of ‘my lady’, who values his worth as a gardener, appreciates the things he does for her and his refusal to be seduced away from ‘his’ garden by the lure of higher wages elsewhere, but almost certainly sees him as ‘just a gardener’.  Mrs Charteris’ health gradually declines, the estate has to be sold, but he is not thrown out of his tied cottage, as might be expected: the new owners have agreed to let Herbert stay in his cottage as long as he needs it.  We leave Herbert sitting with his memories as the light slowly fades…



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         'Three Men in a Boat'

      

             Garden Performance  

    Saturday 22nd June 2019.


After the huge success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous himself!) playing the part of Jerome K Jerome.

 Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats!


 “There are a few seriously funny books that remain great for all time. Three Men in a Boat is one of these”

The Guardian

 “Timeless appeal” The Independent

 “Pitch-perfect comedy about, well, three men in a boat” The Telegraph

 Giles Shenton "creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real we feel you have known them forever. " Fringe Review

                                                                   Tickets available in our web store.