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Aberystwyth Arts Centre Old Herbaceous 7:45pm, 12 July / Gorffennaf     

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Old Herbaceous
7:45pm, 12 July / Gorffennaf
 Produced by Kick In The Head
Directed by Simon Downing
With Giles Shenton as Herbert Pinnegar

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
Royal Horticultural Society Arts Festival 2016
National Gardening Week 2018
Festival of Gardens North Wales 2018
Evesham Festival of Words 2018

“Downton Abbey with gardening tips” comes to Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth residents are in for a theatrical treat when the national touring production of Old Herbaceous arrives at the Arts Centre on 12th July. Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced audiences around the country over the last two years. The production is currently in the middle of a 60-date national tour and highly acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Royal Horticultural Society Arts Festival have meant that a recording for BBC Radio 4 is now planned for 2018.

As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. He succeeds in keeping his audience engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish and the play will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all is right with the world.

Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, script editor and chief writer on Upstairs, Downstairs, Old Herbaceous is an acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age and is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets: ”You can’t be angry for long…not in a garden”, ”A garden is like life itself…full of good and evil”. The evening blossoms into tender humour as it unexpectedly twists into a quiet love story of sorts, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century. A delightful tale, beautifully told, it is a treat to watch and not just for garden lovers.

Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at

"Giles Shenton is superb...completely captivating, he has the audience's attentions and imaginations throughout.
This lovingly created production is a joy to watch. Sad at times, it unexpectedly twists into a quiet love story of sorts. A delightful tale, beautifully told, Old Herbaceous is a treat to watch and not just for garden lovers." The Reviews Hub

" One very talented actor, Giles Shenton, keeps us engrossed, entertained, amused and emotionally engaged for an hour and a half as a gardener in a potting shed... who knew that would work? Wonderful production....Downton Abbey with gardening tips" Surrey Advertiser

"Not to be missed" BBC Radio Kent

“What exactly was the factor that kept the audience riveted to Giles Shenton’s performance? He draws us into his world from his first entrance...and we are held entranced from start to is a nostalgic, quietly satisfying evening spent with someone who creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real you feel you have known them forever." Edinburgh Fringe Review
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