Open air theatre – Hero & Leander, Or, I Love You, But Everything’s Under Water by Jack Dean & Company

Hero & Leander, Or, I Love You, But Everything’s Under Water
By Jack Dean & Company


29 July – 7pm (Garden opens at 6pm)

Sing, dance and cry with us in this bittersweet outdoor gigtheatre show.

Six multi-instrumentalists tell an epic seaside tale through songs encompassing folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music. A story of bad rulers, worse weather, and how we keep going when everything is flipping terrible. Two towns, one rich and one poor, stand separated by a narrow strip of ocean. When the borders close and ships stop sailing between them, two lovers are left stranded on either side. Unphased, Leander takes to swimming across the channel to meet Hero, guided by the light of the lighthouse where she lives. But the jealous and vengeful Hephaestus, carrying an ancient grudge, plots to separate them with a flood like neither town has ever seen.

We all know this will probably end badly. But just maybe, this time, it will turn out different…

Suitable for 14yrs+

Running time: 55mins

Vine House Café 

And new to Events at the Garden, the Vine House Café will stay open and run it’s café menu until 30 minutes before the start of the show. Bar will be open for alcoholic & soft drinks as well as teas & coffee. Vine House Café picnics are also available to pre-book and take into the garden. Choose from a buddha bowl, a picnic pack-up, a kids lunch box or a scone with jam and cream. You’ll get a basket and rug to enjoy your picnic, to be returned when you’re ready to go. These must be pre-booked up to the day before.

Book your picnic

Or bring your own plus blankets, cushions, and camping-chairs and join us on our outdoor adventure at Helmsley Walled Garden. Come prepared for the weather – the performance will continue come rain come shine!

Written by Jack Dean.
Composed by Jack Dean & Company.
Cello / Vocals / Percussion–Beatrice Newman
Violin / Vocals / Percussion–Yoon Ji Kim
Vocals / percussion–Siân Keen
Trumpet / Guitars / Vocals–Hanno Rigger
Guitars / Vocals / Percussion–Jack Dean
Accordion / Vocals / Percussion–Jay Kerry

Jack Dean & Company a non-profit organisation set up to help tell stories of how things could be. We collaborate with inspiring and exceptional artists to create new work across many artforms. Founded by Jack Dean in 2020, we are committed to offering people across the UK the chance to dream of a different world, whatever the current one may hold.

ABOUT JACK DEAN: Jack Dean is a poet, playwright, performer, emcee and composer. His work tells stories that wander the lands between myth, memory and history. He has toured internationally, including at Latitude Festival, the South Bank Centre and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He is the creator of the Fake Town Fables and Infinite Hex podcasts. He really likes

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