Seeds are sown for Calder Valley author’s play to be performed in London

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A play by Calder Valley author Anna Carlisle was successfully staged at Land Farm Garden, Colden, when the sun shone on two afternoon performances.

‘The Chelsea Belladonna’, the story of the life and work of 18th century botanical illustrator Elizabeth Blackwell, enthralled audiences who wandered among the plants and flowers as the play unfolded.

An afternoon with the Chelsea Belledonna at Land Farm Garden, Colden.

An afternoon with the Chelsea Belledonna at Land Farm Garden, Colden.

Professional actors Pauline Lockhart and Kenny Blyth took the roles of Elizabeth and her husband Alexander, with Kenny also playing physician Hans Sloane, whose natural history collection was the foundation of the British Museum.

Anna said Square Peg Productions now plans to stage the show at Chelsea Physic Garden next year and will start the ball rolling to fund a London tour to coincide with the Chelsea Fringe, an alternative garden festival which this year was held from mid-May to early June.

She wanted to thank the organisations that had helped make the Colden event possible this year - Hebden Royd Town Council, the Bearder Charity, the Clifton Foundation, Word of Mouth Art and Craft Supplies and Pennine Heritage.