Home Sweet Garden

Poppy and Will love to play in their garden and observe the fascinating wildlife. But what will happen when their garden disappears one day?

Home Sweet Garden is an inspirational and delightful tale of friendship, love and embracing life close to nature with eco themes told using puppetry and original music score. This highly visual and interactive production was inspired by the decline of front gardens in the UK and its effects on wildlife and environment. The show will leave you running for your gardening kit!

Written and directed by
Marta Mari
Set design by
Elspeth Chapman
Music by
Raymond Considine
Performed by
Jessica Phillippi and Alan MacKenzie
Elspeth Chapman, Catherine Christie
Set construction:
Krzysztof Szypczynski
Marta Mari

Home Sweet Garden were first performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 at Royal Botanic Garden and following people were part of the production:

Elspeth Chapman and Robin Hellier
Marketing assistant:
Lara Winnington-Ingram
Graphic design intern:
Emma Dickinson

The show has been a top finalist for Sustainable Practice Award at Fringe 2017!

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Suitable for ages 3-7 and their families

Running time: 40 min

Home Sweet Garden has been performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 at Royal Botanic Garden.

It was also shown as part of Puppet Animation Festival 2018 and in the following venues across Scotland: Robert Burns Centre for Film and Theatre in Dumfries, North Berwick Community Centre, North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh, Kirkliston Community Centre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Drummuir Community Hall, and Thisle Foundation, Edinburgh and Queensferry Nursery.

“This is a gentle show- sweet, enjoyable, good puppets, about the environment and nature. Actors conveyed the characters well, making good use of puppets”.

Fest Mag

“A very enjoyable and concise show about the pleasures of nature – with an important message that we need to look after it. We would recommend it to children who are curious about the world - and if you are looking for a little meaning with your entertainment”.

Primary Times


Marta Mari

Marta Mari

Artistic Director and Producer

Marta first fell in love with theatre during her high school years in Poland and is now an international artist and producer. She has a B.A. in Theatre Directing from the prestigious Columbia College Chicago and M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh...


Jessica Phillippi


Jessica Phillippi is an actress, singer, playwright and director who has performed and created work in Italy, Spain, Germany, the U.K., the U.S., Brazil and Uruguay...

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Robin Hellier


Robin is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with particular interests in storytelling and immersive theatre. He has toured Scotland with Scottish Opera, Theatre& and the Edinburgh International Science Festival...

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Alan Mackenzie


Alan Mackenzie is a graduate of the BA(Hons)Acting for Stage & Screen training at Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret Universities...

Raymond Considine

Raymond Considine


Raymond is a multi-instrumentalist & composer from Co. Cork, Ireland. He has worked extensively since his teenage years in many projects around the world before returning to his home town where he studied Music at University College Cork, graduating in 2010 with First Class Honours...