The Quicken Tree was conceived by artistic director and composer Dee Isaacs as a large scale promenade performance in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. Loosely based on Edmund Spencer's Faery Queen, our production tells the story of the gallant knight Will who is tempted with an enchanted apple by the sourceress Error into the lairs of the vices Pride, Anger and Greed. Only the force-for-good Fairy Queen can save him, with her cohorts the nightbirds, butterflies and sprites. Will is tempted by golden apples, leading him to the magical Bower of Blisswhich has been invaded by Error, which is destroyed in the final showdown.
Performed by 90 local school children, 25 music students from Edinburgh University and 4 professional performers, devised over a 2 year period, it premiered in Edinburgh on March 17th 2011
Directed by Catrin Evans, Choreographed by Skye Reynolds, Composed and conceived by Dee Isaacs, Lit by Jonny Clough,Costumes designed by Anna Cocciadiferro
with special thanks to Micheal Breakey for Apple construction, and Robert Bryce Muir for creating the steel Quicken Tree