Planting the Dunk Botanic Gardens at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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This dramatisation of a poem by the Australian poet Mark O’Connor is being performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UK. It was premiered at the 3rd Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Wuhan, China in April, 2007.
Written by Mark O’Connor, Australia’s Olympic Poet, this is the humorous and enthralling story of his fight to plant a Botanic Garden on tropical Dunk Island against the ravages of time, cyclones and fellow man. O’Connor’s labours to grow an Eden were arduous, thrilling, life changing. You will hear about his struggles and the way his dream grew not only into a botanic garden but a love of plants, botanical names, and working with the earth and how the people and the beautiful and sometimes harsh weather made his job a joy and a trial.
It is a one-man show performed by David Malikoff and directed by Emil Wolk with back drops by botanical artist Linda Martin. It is playing 6-25 August in the Quaker meeting Hall - for details see www.bigtoeproductions.com.au