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Theatre by the Lake production of
by Reginald Arkell
with Peter Macqueen
directed by Peter Macqueen and Stefan Escreet

On Fri 7 April, the eve of Ullswater’s second Daff Fest (8 – 30 April 2017), Pooley Bridge Village Hall welcomes local actor and Theatre by the Lake regular, Peter Macqueen (Enlightenment, The Lady of the Lake 2015) with his blooming marvellous one-man show, Old Herbaceous.


Pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his ramshackle greenhouse in the garden of a Gloucestershire manor house is Herbert Pinnegar. Now in his twilight years, he’s full of memories and tales of a bygone era. In-between potting up and potting on, he recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener ‘Old Herbaceous’ and tells of his friendship with the lady of the house, Mrs Charteris. Sown with seeds of gardening wisdom, this charming one man show is a love story – a humorous portrayal of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants.


Following sell-out runs at Theatre by the Lake in 2016, this is the first time that Old Herbaceous has come to the Ullswater Valley. It is also the first time the Ullswater Association has branched out to include theatre in the Daff Fest line up. Organisers hope that the combination of a pre-theatre dinner at 1863 followed by a performance of Old Herbacous literally across the road in the Parkin Memorial Hall will prove attractive to both locals and visitors alike. Pre-theatre dinner tickets are limited with just 16 remaining and all expected to sell well in advance of the evening itself.


Heather James, Chair of the Ullswater Association commented:

When we heard about ‘Old Herbaceous’ we just thought it was such a lovely fit for Daff Fest. We’re constantly trying to improve and expand the range of events during Daff Fest and very much hope that this will be the first of many theatre evenings to come.”



6pm: Pre-theatre dinner served at 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms

6.45pm: Doors open / Bar opens

7.30pm: Performance with one interval

Tickets cost £10 for theatre only and £30 for a two-course pre-theatre dinner at 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms in Pooley Bridge opposite the Parkin Memorial Hall.


The evening’s production is presented by the Ullswater Association and sponsored by 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms.  To find out how your business can get involved in 2017 and beyond please contact the Ullswater Association on


To book visit  For full listings of all events taking place as part of Daff Fest 2017, please visit




For further information or images, please contact Sam Bunting
on 07866 492 891 or




Notes to the Editor


  • Peter Macqueen is available for interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891 or at


  • Heather James and Sue Wallace from the Ullswater Association are available for interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891 or at