A Review of Chapterhouse Theatre Company's The Secret Garden

A Review of Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s ‘The Secret Garden’

Blog Post by Kerry Gordon

Open air theatre is a wonderful and intimate way to be up close and personal with a play. The cast of ‘The Secret Garden’ are such accomplished performers that you feel like a character in this enchanting story rather than a spectator.


It helps when it is set in the walled garden of Powerscourt Estate, with the house looking magnificent in the background – you really do feel like you are in a secret garden!


We saw this production last weekend when Chapterhouse Theatre returned with to Ireland with ‘The Secret Garden’. The atmosphere was wonderful, luckily in the sunshine, with champagne corks popping and families of all generations spread out on picnic blankets.


The music and singing was an unexpected joy in this new take of an old classic and the puppetry is a trademark of Chapterhouse and its brilliant actors.



The show itself was funny, touching and engaging and in such a beautiful setting it was impossible to not be taken away and drawn into the storytelling.



Kids were enthralled by the acting from beginning to end and I would highly recommend it as an introduction to any new theatre goers.


There was even time to pop to the Avoca shop to get some of their famous scones and tea during the interval.


Make sure you come and see them next summer. It’s a really lovely afternoon which I would recommend unreservedly!


Until next time …



Chapterhouse Theatre Company is a professional open-air touring company committed to creating innovative, accessible productions of classic texts and stories and presenting magical theatre in magical surroundings. http://www.chapterhouse.org. The wonderfully talented cast of ‘The Secret Garden’ includes: Luke de Belder, Matthew Christmas, Graham Hill, Laura Kent, Eve Niker, Bryony Tebbutt


About Kerry Gordon: Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea.

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Powerscourt Estate

*COVID Update – April 2021* 

Further to the government announcements, the Powerscourt Estate team is pleased to inform you  that from Monday 12th April we will be able to welcome visitors from the rest of County Wicklow, and those living within 20km of Powerscourt Estate.

In line with the latest Government guidelines, we can welcome back visitors and annual members to enjoy the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk (members only). The Garden Pavilion is also open for essential retail. The Golf Club will reopen to members from the 26th April.

During April the Gardens are open from 9.30 to 17.30 and the Waterfall from 10.30 to 17.30, with last admission 30 minutes before close.

The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (9.30 am – 5.30 pm). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 3.30 pm.

The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.

Avoca Café Restaurant
Avoca Retail (Visit avoca.com for details)
The Design Loft
Neptune by Global Village
Powerscourt Hotel
Powerscourt Distillery
Cool Planet Experience

To keep you and our staff safe we continue to facilitate social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures.

Further updates will follow in the coming weeks as guidelines are adjusted.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠

Powerscourt Management⁠