Fraxi Queen of the Forrest

“It may seem an unlikely task but Asylon Theatre have created a beautiful and intensely moving piece of theatre inspired by the devastating ash- dieback disease that is spreading across the country. Currently showing in the Fletcher Building at RBGE at 11am each morning the show is adverstised for age 8+ but I feel that people of all ages, adults as well as children, will enjoy and be moved by this passionate play that combines physical theatre and drama with a story of three generations of woodlanders and one regal ash tree. The story is narrated by a child and this makes it all the more poignant. It is performed by three actors who move around the stage with energy and pitch perfect timing so with minimum props you feel immersed within the ash forest at all seasons and in all weathers”.

Ian Edwards Head of Exhibition & Events - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburg
Botanics Stories

“Fraxi is a moving testimony of the special relationship between people and trees and how trees are essential to our wellbeing in the widest sense of the word. It explores the natural cycles of the life and death of an ash tree in a meaningful way and illustrates the inter-connectedness of plants and animals through different characters. The show brings together real science, health and wellbeing and expressive arts and addresses various parts of the Curriculum for Excellence providing many opportunities for the teacher to develop the themes it brings up”.

Cath Evans Education Officer - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

“This charming piece of children’s theatre brought the threat of chalara, otherwise known as ash dieback disease, to life in a very accessible and moving way. Incredible costumes, a fun caterpillar sidekick and snippets of information about forest ecosystems and their environmental and social significance make this show a great way of encouraging children to care about nature”.

Creative Carbon Scotland
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