The Stage "Best thing on the fringe this's fiendishly funny. But none of this would work without the cast's outstanding belongs on a big stage in the West End." read full review here



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moand queeniehug

Creative Cow in association with the 
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford presents

Born in the Gardens

Bristol. 1979. 
'The Iron Lady' has just become Prime Minister. 
Britain is changing. 
Master playwright, Peter Nichols, shows in this hilarious and deeply touching play that change is not always for the best....

Set in an ageing mock- Tudor house in Bristol in 1979, Maud and her stay- at- home son, Mo, pass their days happily together.  He talks to the cat, plays his drums and concocts ridiculous cocktails for them both while she sits chatting away to the people on the telly. No amount of coaxing from Maud’s suave son Hedley, and Mo’s glamorous twin sister, Queenie, will persuade the eccentric pair to lead a more normal life – even the “michael wave” is a gadget too far and part of a world neither wishes to inhabit.

This is a story set when new technology, business morality and social patterns were changing the nation’s behaviour…. 

Master playwright, Peter Nichols (“Privates on Parade” & “A day in the Death of Joe Egg”), reveals in his hilarious and deeply touching play that change is not always for the best and that ‘opening the cage door does not necessarily imply an escape..’ 



Maud - Katherine Senior
Mo - Edward Ferrow
Hedley - Jonathan Parish
Queenie - Rachel Howells

directed by Amanda Knott
stage  managed by Jason Addison
press and media relations - Andy Sinclair


Venue Time
Box Office 

11th &12th
New Hall, Tiverton (pre show dinner @ The Flying Pickle on Gold St)   7:30pm
01884 255827                                           

13th & 14th 
Victoria Hall, Tisbury 7:30pm
01747 870367

The Mill Arms, nr Romsey * theatre supper 7:00pm
01794 340401

17th - 20th 
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury * theatre supper 7:00pm
01722 500200

Shaftesbury Arts Centre 7:30pm
01747 854321

26th -29th
Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington   
Thurs & Fri @ 7:30pm Sat @ 6:30pm Sun @ 5pm

020 77046665


2nd & 3rd 
The Lighthouse, Poole 7:45pm
0844 406 8666

Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames 8:00pm
01491 575698

Regal Theatre, Minehead 7:30pm
01643 706430

Town Hall, Budleigh Salterton 7:30pm
01395 445275

10th & 11th
The Hawth Studio 7:45pm
01293 539418

Town Hall, Dulverton 7:30pm
01398 323474

16th & 17th         New Theatre, Exeter 7:30pm
01392 277189/665885

Mowlem Theatre, Swanage 7:30pm

01929 422239

Farnham Maltings  7:30pm
01252 745444

Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 8:00pm
01892 678 678

Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne 7:30pm

30th & 31st 
Kings Theatre, Portsmouth 7:30pm
023 9282 8282


Simonsbath Festival, St Lukes Church, Simonsbath, Exmoor 7:30pm

12th - 14th
The Key Theatre, Peterborough 7:30pm
01733 207 239

15th & 16th 
Connaught Theatre, Worthing 7:30pm
(2:30pm sat)

01903 206206

19th - 23rd
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 7:45pm
(2:30pm thurs & sat)

020 8688 9291

28th - 30th
Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford 8:00pm
01483 443900