This walkabout performance was co-directed by Sue Buckmaster and Joy Haynes, and the beautiful Siyanda was made by Naomi Oppenheim.
A larger-than-life puppet, Siyanda towers at six-feet tall and her dress is adorned with seeds, grasses and other special items to assist her on her quest. Accompanying her are three performers; her fellow ‘Plant Protectors’ who immerse visitors in the adventure.
"All the children were extremely quiet, that is rare, they were absorbed by it. It was beautiful.”
Originally performed in October 2018, Siyanda, Protector of Plants invited visitors to explore the recently refurbished Temperate House at Kew Gardens. The Temperate House, the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, had recently reopened its doors after a huge five-year restoration.