‘I’m obsessed with the metaphor of paradise – who isn’t?’ (Judith Adams)

Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden is a bold, bright, curious fairy tale. A world of storytelling, magic, technology, illusion and poetry collide with the natural garden landscape to create a truly mysterious and interactive outdoor experience.

 

On the journey you will discover the secret worlds of historical adventurers, artists and gardeners, women who dared to lead unconventional, eccentric and passionate lives.

Among them all, a girl is missing…

Pitlochry’s extraordinary garden unfolds to reveal the fierce and the friendly, the mysterious and the tangible, the beautiful and the gruesome, the good and the wicked, the lost and the found, the supernatural and the earthly.

The text for Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden was commissioned by Stellar Quines and supported by the Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council England for performance in the Scottish Plant Collectors’ Garden. It was the first major piece produced for the garden, which is situated behind the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and coincided with the garden’s official public opening. During a two-hour promenade performance audience members, supplied with maps, were invited to follow the performance in whichever way they wished, encountering along the way characters including those based on real-life authors, butterfly hunters and travellers.

Reviews

‘An unforgettable landmark event… This is a show about women, men and creation that manages to be deeply and thought-provokingly feminist, while never losing its brilliant streak of engaging showmanship’ (The Scotsman)
‘The audience is left with a profound sense of both the beauty and the violence of nature’ (The Scotsman )
‘An enchanting and enchanted evening’ (The Times )

Production Tour Dates

  • 29 July – 17 August, Scottish Plant Collectors’ Garden, Pitlochry

Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden (2003)

Commissioned by Stellar Quines and supported by the Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council England for performance in the Scottish Plant Collectors’ Garden. Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden was a world premiere.

Creative Team

  • Writer : Judith Adams
  • Director : Muriel Romanes
  • Designer: Francis Gallop
  • Lighting Designer : Karen Bryce
  • Costume Designer: Anna Cocciadiferro
  • Sound Designer : Ian Jackson
  • Producer: Stephanie Turner
  • Multimedia and Video Director: Leo Warner (Fifty Nine Ltd)
  • Cinematographer and Editor: Ross Adam

Cast

  • Jonathan Battersby
  • Kern Falconer
  • Pauline Lockhart
  • Alexandra Mathie
  • Colette O’Neil
  • Wendy Seager
  • Luke Shaw

Gallery

Images © Simon Warner