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The Secret Garden @ Stirling

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A charming story of hope and regeneration for all ages
Mary Lennox is a sour-faced 10-year-old girl, who is born in India to selfish wealthy British parents who had not wanted her and were too wrapped up in their own lives. She was taken care of primarily by servants, who pacify her as much as possible to keep her out of the way.

Spoiled and with a temper, she is unaffectionate, angry, rude and obstinate. Later, there is a cholera epidemic which hits India and kills her mother, father and all the servants. She is discovered alone but alive after the house is empty. She is sent to Yorkshire, England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven at his home called Misselthwaite Manor.

The young puppeteers of The Secret Garden at Stirling Players

This is the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett's, first published in 1910' and the subject of Neil Duffield's adaptation for the stage for Stirling Players's latest production.

Bossy, snobbish and aloof, Mary does not fit into her new home, but then makes friends with Dickon, a local boy who understands animals and nature. She discovers a secret garden that she can tend and bring to life. As the garden is transformed, first Mary, then Colin, her invalid cousin, then his father, all feel the power of the magic of new life and growth.

Director Christine Ellis has previously directed several seasons at Stirling, many featuring young actors, such as Toad of Toad Hall, Narnia, Noah, Alice in Wonderland, Lords and Ladies and, most recently, Tales from Suburban Road. Christine is using puppetry in this version of The Secret Garden to help bring the magic of the story to life.

Performance dates: February 22, 23, 28 and March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 pm; matinees February 24 and March 3 at 2 pm.

Bookings from Morris News on 9440 1040. Tickets $20 Adults, $18 Concessions, $14 Members.

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When: 8:00pm and 2:00pm (Matinee)
Phone: 0411 512 703
Where: Stirling Theatre, Morris Place, Innaloo
Cost: $14 to $20
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