Siyanda, Protector of Plants
Available For Touring
This show is available for touring. Please contact john_at_symbol_theatre-rites_fullstop_co.uk for bookings and information.
Coming Soon
Venue Temperate House
Dates 20th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
Siyanda, Protector of Plants

About the Show

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.  Come and join her and become a fully-fledged plant protector. 

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 magnificent structure is the jewel in Kew’s crown and an utterly unique performance space.

Price is included with entry into the Gardens. 

Ashton Owen

Ashton trained at East 15 Acting School. 

Atir, ZERRAFA GIRAFFA (Omnibus Theatre & Little Angel Theatre Co-Production) Lil Prince, BREAKING THE BAND (Potato ITV studios/Reelz Channel) Mason, Captain Grammaticus/Bracket/Bookworm GRAMMAR GIRL, Kay, Mr Crow, Brae, SNOW QUEEN (Quantum Theatre)

Carlos Mendoza

Originally from Spain, Carlos Mendozq  graduated from the physical Theatre programme at the Royal School of Acting, RESAD, Madrid. He continued his training at Rose Bruford College, London.

He is also a professional musician, his main instruments being Viola and Violin.

After his education he became part of the Young Complicite Theatre Company project, and he has been working with different Theatre companies including, Ramshacklicious , with The Band at the end of the world, Dans la Poche with  La Sibylle, Nonshuch with The Party’s Over and Told by an Idiot with Let me play the lion too.

Hattie Thomas

Hattie is an actor, musician and puppeteer who trained at Rose Bruford College and DAMU in Prague. She is one of the Co-Artistic Directors of Smoking Apples Theatre Company with whom she is currently working on Flux, a show about a female physicist called Kate.

Recent theatre credits include: In Our Hands by Smoking Apples Theatre Company, (UK Tour 2016 and 2017), A Christmas Carol, by Smoking Apples Theatre Company, (Salisbury Arts Centre 2017), CELL by Smoking Apples Theatre Company, (George Town Festival, Malaysia, 2017 and Recklinghausen Fringe Festival, Germany, 2016).

Film and TV credits include: Eider Falls at Lake Tahoe music video by Kate Bush, Webuyanycar.com Tiny Dancers advert by Velvet TV, London Dungeon advert by David Ellis/Quiet Storm. 

James Gow

James is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a BA in Music from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Outside of the theatre he can occasionally be seen in several bands including Cocos Lovers and others from the Smugglers Records folk scene, London based genre-hopping jazz-fusion group Lunch Money, and Ian Ross' Bristol based folk quartet Eleven Magpies.

Theatre includes: Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Tristan & Yseult, Brief Encounter (Kneehigh);James & the Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Band at the End of the World (Ramshacklicious).

Ruth Calkin

Ruth is a puppeteer, musician and actor, currently appearing monthly at Brasserie Zedel in the extraordinary adult puppet cabaret The Clementine Show! Other recent work includes: Sarah & Ducks Big Top Birthday (Polka/MEI); Clementines Christmas Special - Live @ Zedel; The Walthamstow Mysteries (dir. by Steve Tiplady). Also: Dogs Dont Do Ballet (Little Angel Theatre); Moominsummer Madness (Polka/Royal & Derngate); Puppetry Director and original cast for In The Night Garden Live (Minor Ent/BBC Worldwide); A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Little Angel/Kneehigh); The Tempest (Little Angel/RSC); Horrid Henry Live and Horrid! (Watershed Productions/Trafalgar Studios); Danny the Champion of the World (Birmingham Stage Company - being Dr Spencer & learning to make very convincing chicken noises) and The Mouse Queen (Little Angel/Monstro - puppeteering Tilly Mouse and becoming addicted to cheese).

Theodora Songhai

Theodora Songhai is a repertory-theatre trained actress, storyteller and a recent graduate from the MA Text and Performance program at RADA and Birkbeck College. She has been involved in performance as a participant and maker since 2012 with experience in large-scale events, film, collaborations with performance artists and working with mask.  Her expertise and passion lie in interactive and site-specific theatre.

Her theatre credits include Rhapsody of The Killjoy (RADA Festival), Handa’s Surprise (Little Angel Theatre), Sulphur (Sheila Ghelani), The Sherlock Holmes Experience (Les Enfants Terribles/Madame Tussauds), Superhero (The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre), Graceful (The Arts Theatre), The Tragedy of Snow White (RADA), Robin Hood's Ngaya (Birkbeck), Project Colony (Fourth Monkey Theatre Company), The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso (Fourth Monkey Theatre Company).  

Sue Buckmaster
Co-Director
Joy Haynes
Associate Artist, co-director
Naomi Oppenheim
Puppet Maker