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The Secret Garden
 Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 2023


When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors, eventually tracking it down to her cousin Colin who has spent his entire life in bed, unable to walk.

One day Mary finds a key that leads her to a garden held locked for years and completely

overgrown. Mary and her friend Dickon bring the garden back to life and the flourishing garden brings joy back to the house and those living in it.

Elizabeth Newman's new adaption of one of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature is set in the Theatre's beautiful Amphitheatre and celebrates the power of transformation and healing through nature.


Matthew Churcher

Oliver Cookson

Blythe Jandoo

Robbie Scott

Marc Small

Jack Ward

Trudy Ward

Shona White

Creative Team


Written by Frances Hogson Burnett

Adapted by Elizabeth Newman

Director: Ben Occhipinti

Composor: Ben Occhipinti

Designer: Nick Trueman

Costume Designer: Natalie Fern

Stage Manager: Katy Nicolson

DSM: Claire Litton

ASM: Rebecca Gorman



"Occhipinti's perfectly pitched production leads us through a series of magical moments, as the stage opens up to Pitlochry's own forest garden, and Dickon brings his animal friends to meet the audience, in gorgeous puppet form."



"The staging embraces simplicity, with a very small number of props to suggest individual locations, and some winningly cute puppet animals to supplement the human cast...

Matthew Churcher makes a warmly humane narrator."



"This is an enriching, affirmative show about grief, steeped in gentle wonder. It revels in the positive benefits to mental health and human connection that the natural world can afford."




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