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The Garden of Llangoed review at Watermill Theatre Newbury

Audiences may think that The Garden of Llangoed is going to have conventional storylines and a predictable ending but writer Ade Morris has injected a perfectly small but significant amount of surprise into the path that the play follows to keep the plot vibrant and entrancing.

This poignant Welsh romance focuses on Jane Mortimer, who is rekindling her relationship with the dashing Kit Sayers after he returns from the RAF following the Second World War. Kit introduces her to his old flying companion Bill Adams, whom Jane employs as a gardener. Bill fully intends to put the war behind him and live his life again, unlike Kit who cannot move on from the horrors of combat and unhealthily thrives on the near death experiences of test flying both RAF and captured enemy aircraft at Farnborough.

The setting of the play in North Wales creates a similar aura to the evocation that Daphne du Maurier conjured up in her Cornwall-based novels, with the environment playing a large role in creating the solitude and isolation of the landscape and the characters’ lives. Ade Morris also employs a number of additional creative techniques to keep the audience absorbed, including a ghost story and tragic love triangle.

Andy Crabb as Kit, Katarina Olsson as Jane and Christopher Hampson as Bill give passionate, credible performances on a set that has been evocatively designed and lit by Libby Watson and Lawrence T Doyle respectively.

The Garden of Llangoed is the Watermill’s latest commission in rural touring as part of their Outreach programme and tours predominantly around North Wales and the south west of England until the end of October.

Production Information

Watermill Theatre, Newbury, September 13 to 17, then touring until October 28

Ade Morris
Watermill Theatre on tour
Andy Crabb, Katarina Olsson, Christopher Hampson
Running time
2hrs 20mins

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