Allotment – Nutshell Theatre – Fringe First winner


Nutshell Theatre


By Jules Horne






NUTSHELL is a flexible ensemble of experienced, Scottish-based theatre professionals, drawn together by a desire to create high-quality theatre. Since its foundation in 2000 the company has been involved in a diverse range of projects including The Play O’ the Wather (‘tremendous…a thoroughly enjoyable theatrical curiosity’ ★★★★ The Times) and Crestfall (‘The production is a masterpiece’★★★★★ The Scotsman).

Nutshell’s aim is to produce original and engaging work that appeals to a broad audience demographic; the company champions work written and performed by women and explores the challenges of creating intimate pieces for small audiences. Nutshell enjoy building a cooperative spirit within the company and operate as an ensemble, working collaboratively at all stages of the creative process.

‘…a sensual experience for the audience’ ★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

A world premiere (2011), in co-production with ASSEMBLY, by Scottish writer Jules Horne, Allotment follows the complex and quirky relationship between sisters Dora and Maddy as they live out the seasons on their allotment, playing out their rivalries among the plants, and when the unexpected rocks their uneasy balance, it’s time to do something radical…

Do flowers matter as much as vegetables? The dark comedy is also a celebration of gardening, with the actresses digging, planting and performing on top of a shed. With changeable weather constantly shifting the nature of the allotment, Allotment is a feast for the senses – a tale of life, death, Pink Fir Apple potatoes and the secret power of worms.


Outside on an allotment we can pause, breathe the air, have a cup of tea, and allow ourselves a moment of reflection. It doesn’t always have to be about something deep or meaningful – and we’ll give them a cuppa and a scone as well” – KATE NELSON, DIRECTOR


“Cully is superb as the younger sister, impulsive and naive… while Goldsmith is equally strong as the uptight Dora…” – The Scotsman



When Nutshell tours in the Spring & Summer of 2012, the company wants to bring together Mother & Toddler groups and Day Centres for the Elderly to create a planting project. The aim will be for the groups to create, decorate & plant the containers that form our set.

Small children and elderly people like to take things at a slow pace and are two groups that often have little contact but much to offer each other. Young mothers are often isolated and in need of support and structured activity and the project links in with government and local council initiatives to encourage gardening and growing of food.

Whilst we work with the groups, our Education and Outreach Officer will work with volunteers to set up and organise a small community project and help them apply for funding and sponsorship to continue with the planting project as an annual event in their community. This could result in the planting of window boxes for the community centre, tomato plants for the toddler group, etc.

“Jules Horne’s script is tight and revealing”HOT SHOW – The Stage 2011