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The Secret Garden
 by Frances Hodgson Burnett adapted by Sylvia Ashby   directed by Brenda Cottis

The ADC Theatre, Cambridge, December 2001

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A Review of The Secret Garden

Robin Dunn reviews THE SECRET GARDEN
Cambridge Evening News 8th December 2001)

The cast of this charming adaptation of the classic children's story THE SECRET GARDEN, includes two very talented youngsters and a rabbit all of whom effectively disprove the rule. Never work with children or animals. Simple yet realistic settings and atmospheric lighting capture the delight of this much-loved book. After the death of her parents in India, Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle (David Foyle) in Yorkshire.
Far from happy with her new surroundings and the attitude of the housekeeper, Mrs Medlock, a suitably severe Rosemary Eason, it is left to the gardener, Ben and his assistant, Dickon, lovely performances by Malcolm Underwood and Alan Robinson, to help Mary recognise that her secret garden will be the making of her. As Colin, the bed-ridden hypochondriac with a nasty temper, Luke Yates like Hannah Smith, as Mary effectively demonstrates how this boy and girl can and do, change for the better. Martha, the housemaid, (Frances Lees) and Mandy Cattell as Mrs Sowerby also lend their support to the children's efforts. Completing the cast are Ken Eason as the blustering Dr Craven and Rosie Wilson as the put-upon Nurse Grey.
This SECRET GARDEN is unashamedly a good old-fashioned story, with good old-fashioned values and is a secret well worth sharing.