The gorgeous Little Gardener began a three-day Back to Ours run yesterday, enchanting audiences at The Freedom Centre.

We’re delighted to give a big Hull welcome to theatre company How It Ended, joining us from Luton for this year’s May half-term festival. It’s a pleasure to have actor and puppet director Matthew Forbes with us – Associate and Assistant Director on War Horse for its 2013-2015 tour (UK, Ireland and South Africa) and again 2014-2016 (Netherlands and Belgium) – and we don’t mind admitting we were all bit excited to finally meet the Little Gardener in person; there’s a lot of love in the Back to Ours team for him!

What makes this show even more special for us is having Jason Coyle, one of Back To Ours’ resident actors, welcoming the audience in character as they arrive at the venue before they see the performance. A graduate of Coventry University, Jason has worked for a variety of different companies and agencies, and you’ll very probably recognise him from past Back to Ours events (or maybe not – he’s a master of disguise!)

Alongside our ensemble of community performers – Sue Clark, Shirl Lenton, Janet Anderson, Georgina Robinson, Cathy Dooley – the performative welcome aims to settle the audience into the beautiful story of the Little Gardener who thought he was just too little to make his garden as beautiful as it should be. Based on the Emily Hughes book of the same name, it’s a story of persistence against all the odds, and how a few little hands can make the biggest difference.

You’ve got just one more day to join in the fun and help – the last performances are tomorrow at Hymers College, 11am and 2pm, before the Little Gardener waves goodbye to Hull and takes his greenhouse back on the road.


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