Premier performance for Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 show at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

The Sussex premier of Tree and Wood, an immersive outdoor show celebrating sound, light and song, based on both our love and fear of the forest is coming to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens thanks to Horsham District Council’s Year of Culture 2019.

Produced by Jony Easterby, who produced the sell-out show ‘For the Birds’ at Brighton Festival two years ago, this atmospheric new show can be enjoyed over the October Half Term and the following week at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens from 24-27 October and 30 October–2 November.

The show is one of the highlights of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 which now has over 550 events in the 2019 calendar and is proving hugely popular.

Commenting on this particular highlight of the Year of Culture celebrations, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said:

“I am delighted that tickets are now on sale for this unique event. My thanks go out to Leonardslee, one of our Year of Culture sponsors, for hosting this show. Their beautiful grounds will provide the perfect backdrop for such a special performance.

“The Year of Culture is all about making new experiences accessible to as many people as possible. This show is something completely different for our District and presents a rare opportunity.

“I know it will be something really special, so I would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and enjoy it. Don’t miss this one!”

Commenting on the show, Producer Jony Easterby said:

“This is the first time we’ve been able to do a really long run of the show, to do 10 days here is such a privilege. I know the level of delivery and performance is going to go beyond what we’ve been able to do before.

“I’m really thrilled to be working at Leonardslee, its history relates so well to the project.”

Set in the forest at the onset of darkness, audiences are invited into the forests of Leonardslee Gardens to find themselves exploring a lively and thrilling montage of image, sound, light and song, allowing people to have a genuinely uniquely immersive experience of the trees at night.

Tree and Wood includes physical performance, traditional and electroacoustic music, soundworks, and light installations, plus songs both old and new. It explores the immediate tangible experience of trees – smell, touch, sounds – using the forest as its backdrop.

Tree and Wood will reflect the many aspects of our cultural relationship to working with green wood, hedge laying and a myriad of ways of working wood.

Jony Easterby brings a year of research and experimentation to the development of ‘Tree and Wood’, supported by a Creative Wales Award  and production grant from the Arts Council of Wales and Oxford Contemporray Music (OCM).

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to sell out fast based on previous ticket sales of the show across the country. Tickets can be brought from the Capitol Box Office Or you can call the box office on 01403 750220.

To view some of the many other events taking place across the District in the Year of Culture 2019 visit

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