Plots (work-in-progress)

Written by Finn Anderson / Based on a true story / Inspired by an original idea by Neil Anderson.

Created through devising with Tania Azevedo, Joyce Greenaway, Camrie Palmer, Matthew Rutherford, Dominic Rye, Jannah Warlow and Amy Gardyne.

Developed with support from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Old Vic New Voices, Wiston Lodge and Citizens Theatre. 

THE STORY

Allotment gardening is one of the country’s most popular activities, with over 100,000 people on waiting lists for allotments in the UK. For many, their allotment is much more than just a place to grow organic food. It provides them with a community, open space for their children to play, a sense of purpose, connection to nature, and exercise. The positive effects of gardening on physical and mental wellbeing have been well documented.

However allotment land is in high demand and in the past 10 years the UK government has approved 80% of council applications to build on allotments.

Based on true events and inspired by interviews from allotments all over the UK, Plots tells the story of one group of plotholders who unite in a battle to save their soil from developers. Their fight to save their own allotment turns into a nationwide campaign to save the country’s plots.

DEVELOPMENT

Following interviews with plotholders around the UK, Finn spent a week with collaborators at Wiston Lodge devising and working in the vegetable gardens. Inspired by the material created, Finn composed a script and songs before the group returned for a 2 week workshop in September 2016 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.