Siyanda Protector of Plants

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This looks lovely, a family performance at Kew – this half term Siyanda Protector of Plants will be reveal secrets in the Africa zone of the Temperate House in Kew Gardens. Theatre Rites‘ Naomi Oppenheim created the puppet, partly inspired by environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who was the founder of the green belt movement, and sought to protect Kenya’s forests and lands from development.

Siyanda, Protector of Plants will invite visitors to explore the recently refurbished Temperate House at Kew Gardens. This walkabout performance is co-directed by Sue Buckmaster and Joy Haynes, and the beautiful Siyanda has been made by Naomi Oppenheim. Siyanda has been the guardian of this glasshouse for many, many years and knows all its secrets. Siyanda will be joined by 3 Plant Protectors for each performance.

The Temperate House, the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, has recently reopened its doors after a huge five-year restoration. Housing over 10,000 plants from across the world’s temperate zones, this is a magnificent structure at Kew Gardens, and an utterly unique performance space.

Did you get to see the performance? Do let me know in the comments below.

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With thanks to Kew Gardens and Theatre Rites

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