Cornwall LivingIssue #97

30 years in trust

Trebah celebrates 30 years in trust with an ambitious project taking place in the gardens this year.

Introducing ‘Tevi’, a larger than life-size lion and a season of events, workshops and ways to interact with Trebah Garden as an inspirational, entertaining and relaxing space. Tevi, pronounced ‘Teh – vee’, is also the Cornish word for ‘grow’, growth being the foundation topic of Trebah’s community, schools and outreach programme for 2020.

Building on the success of Operation Overlord last year, which saw over 15,000 people interact with a programme of events and a performance based around the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the garden has chosen to build, or ‘grow’, the community it created further, this time exploring themes of health and wellbeing, acceptance, personal growth, community growth and global growth.

For 2020, the project will be centred around a professional performance and promenade show called Dandy Lion, a collaboration between Cousin Jack’s Theatre Company, writer Charlotte O’Leary, and Team Trebah members Guy Watson and Jonathan Bray. Dandy Lion is an ambitious-in-scale, puppetry-orientated show that will tell the story of one lion’s journey from cub to fully grown lion, as he learns that his individuality is his strength.

The performance will feature an enormous lion puppet created by the team behind the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. Directed by Guy Watson, Artist Director of Cousin Jack’s family theatre company, with puppetry direction from Bec Applebee, Head of Puppetry from ‘Man Engine’, well-respected Cornish theatre maker and performer. The show will also feature a musical score created by Ben Sutcliffe of the People’s String Foundation, who returns to the garden for 2020 with performers Emily Faulkner and Oliver Longstaff (familiar as lead roles from Operation Neptune). They will also be joined by puppeteers Jennie Rawling and Stacey Mitchell.

Performances will take place during May Half Term and tickets are on sale now! Visit to find out more and how to book. Last year’s performance sold out swiftly, so early booking is recommended to catch the amazing spectacle of a 2.5 metre lion puppet and a spell-binding soundscape in this gorgeous Cornish valley garden.


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To see the full programme of performances and discover the other projects Trebah is involved with this year visit



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