Feb 08 2015

Can You Dig It? – March 19, 2015

If you hate slugs then you’ll love this – a musical comedy show all about the ups and downs of growing your own, which is coming to Harrow on Thursday, March 19. Sprouting from the fertile brains of comedy songwriters and real-life allotment gardeners Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods, Can You Dig It? features a wheelbarrow-load of songs covering topics including compost, vegetable theft, annoying allotment neighbours and digging (of course).

The duo have performed the show at more than 60 venues up and down the UK and are the only music/comedy act to feature on popular BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners’ Question Time since it launched in 1947, entertaining the expert panel with their Eurovision-style tribute to the programme.

20150208_canyoudigitHowever, this will be the first time Jo, who has lived in Harrow all her life, has performed Can You Dig It? on home soil – the soil that inspired the songs. Jo’s allotment is on Harrow Council’s Greenhill site – just 10 minutes’ walk from her home. She has been cultivating her plot for more than seven years – with mixed success. Dan’s allotment is in south London.

The pair has chosen the perfect venue to stage the show in Harrow – a family-run seed business known to allotmenteers across the UK. Seeds of Italy, which distributes the well-known Franchi seeds brand, is based in Rosslyn Crescent, Harrow. Seeds for the new growing season will be on sale after the show.

Highlights of Can You Dig It? include a rap battle between an angry gardener and a slug, a 1980s-style power ballad to cuddly gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh, and virtuoso performances on the cucumber trumpet and carrot panpipes.

The show will appeal to both vegetable-growing novices and seasoned cultivators, as Jo and Dan delve into the mysterious and competitive world of vegetable shows, launch a campaign to give sprouts the recognition they deserve, and ask: John Innes – who is he?
With more and more people in the UK growing their own, Can You Dig It? is both timely and topical. There’s even a song for people who don’t like vegetables, poor things.

Can You Dig It? is at Seeds of Italy, The Phoenix Industrial Estate, Rosslyn Crescent, on Thursday, March 19. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are priced £12.50 and include a glass of FREE fizz. Tickets can be booked via the Events section of the Seeds of Italy website at www.seedsofitaly.com


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