The Physic Garden Players present: The Year of the Monkey

Friday 2 October 2020

Tickets £25 

This is a fundraising event with all profits going to the upkeep of the Garden.

We are delighted to present a unique performance of Claire Dowie's iconic series of touching and comedic monologues, The Year of the Monkey. Enjoy three of these monologues; Year of the Monkey, where a mother seeks to snap the monotony of her middle-class life; The Allotment, in which a community of pensioners accidentally create a radical commune; and Bonfire Night, in which a daughter looks for revenge.

This outdoor promenade theatre performance takes place in three settings within the Garden, each chosen to illuminate different elements of the play. The audience will be guided through the Garden to each performance. Seating for those with mobility issues can be provided, but the audience will otherwise stand throughout the performances. Performances will last around an hour but timings may vary.

In order to provide the safest possible experience, the audience size will be capped at 15 for each performance with three performances each hour. When booking, you will be asked to select your starting time-slot. The performances on 2 October are twilight performances combining lighting with the Garden's picturesque setting to create a unique experience. Please be aware that the Garden is unlit and we recommend bringing a torch with you.

Should the event be unable to go ahead in person due to any future COVID restrictions, the event will not be cancelled and a live digital performance from the Garden will be provided on the chosen date and a recording will be made available to you for a fixed period of time.

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Twilight performance time-slots for 2 October 2020

Performance 1: 5:45 pm

Performance 2: 6 pm

Performance 3: 6:15 pm

Performance 4: 7:15 pm - SOLD OUT

Performance 5: 7:30 pm

Performance 6: 7:45 pm

Performance 7: 8:45 pm

Performance time-slots for 3 October 2020

Performance 1: 1:15 pm

Performance 2: 1:30 pm

Performance 3: 1:45 pm

Performance 4: 2:45 pm

Performance 5: 3 pm

Performance 6: 3:15 pm

Performance 7: 4:15 pm

Performance 8: 4:30 pm

Performance 9: 4:45 pm

Please note, this is an outdoor event and while we always hope for the best, the Great British weather can be unreliable. Please wear appropriate clothing and be aware that the event will go ahead even in poor weather. 


Chelsea Physic Garden is committed to supporting the arts during these difficult times. Working with actor and director Jessica Regan, we have co-created a theatre experience that both keeps people safe and provides an opportunity for artists to explore their craft and reinterpret material.

Catrin Aaron

Catrin is a hugely accomplished stage actress and associate artist of Theatr Clwyd, where she has starred in multiple productions, most notably playing the lead role in ‘Little Voice’. A regular star of regional and London stages including several productions for the Globe, she recently toured nationally with the hit production ‘The Lovely Bones’ for Birmingham Rep. You can see Catrin onscreen in ‘Carnival Row’ (Amazon Prime) and in the film ‘Apostle’ (Netflix).

Polly Frame

Polly was recently directed by Kathy Burke in ‘Sometimes Thinking’ for Frantic Assembly. Among her many credits, she was the lead in the Lyric’s hugely successful production of ‘Solaris’. She has performed on the Globe, the National, Young Vic and Soho Theatre, West End and Broadway stages and has appeared in BBC favourites ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Eastenders’, and ‘Silent Witness’. You can see her in films such as Macbeth (BBC) and Half Light (Universal Pictures). 

Jessica Regan

Jessica has performed in several productions for the National Theatre and starred in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ (Bristol Old Vic) on West End, New York and L.A. stages. Most recently she was seen in ‘The Sweet Science of Bruising’ for Southwark Playhouse and Wilton’s Music Hall. Jessica played Dr Niamh Donoghue in ‘Doctors’ for two years, winning Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. You can see Jessica in Sam Bain’s darkly comic ‘Ill Behaviour’ on Netflix


Chelsea Physic Garden is an accredited "We're good to go", attraction meaning you can visit with confidence.

Please ensure that you are booking for a group that belongs to the same household or support bubble. To ensure physical distancing, each group on the lawn will be distanced from others by 1 meter, in line with government guidance. This fundraising event has been risk assessed and deemed safe.

Hand sanitiser will be provided in indoor areas. We ask visitors to wear face masks at their own discretion.

You must not attend this event if:

- you are currently infected with COVID-19.
- have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days.
- have been instructed to self-isolate.

This is for the safety of our other visitors, staff, and performers.