Part of the prestigious Made in Scotland 2015 Showcase at The Traverse Theatre, The Garden is set in a dystopian future when humanity has run out of resources. A scientist spends all day working in a scientific institution which is tasked with solving the world’s environmental problems, whilst his wife sits in their high-rise flat stifling in the heat and wishing that they were somewhere, anywhere else. As a couple at the end of their tether, they discover hope in the form of a strange tree growing through their kitchen linoleum.
Based on an original short play of the same name by Zinnie Harris, commissioned by the Traverse Theatre in 2009 and winning a Scotsman Fringe First Award, this new operatic version was commissioned by sound festival and premiered in Aberdeen in 2012.
“Harris’ story can stand alongside anything from the late twentieth century new wave of ecologically-inclined, short-form science-fiction, even as it hints of fresh Edens to come. Knowles and McHugh play off each other beautifully, their voices plaintive, their expressions pained, their hopes ultimately dashed.”The Herald