Because you are almost here,
you are almost in this place,
and that’s why I’m almost happy
An adaptation of <Dans Ce Jardin Qu'on Aimait> written by Pascal Quignard, who has been honored with the Book and Music Award!
Simeon Pease Cheney, a musician who created notations of bird music and who believed that love was the greatest force from faith, hope, and love.
Poetic language delivered with rich music and enrapturing performances expressing Simeon’s love and longing for his late wife!
The play <In This Garden We Loved> presents the immersive sounds of live music performed by a quartet and the sounds of nature delivered via some 60 speakers.
The production staff consists of those who are well-known in their respective fields, including theater, musical, classical music, and dance.
The adaptation was written by Hwang Jung-eun, known for her originality and contemplation of humans and nature, and directed by Oh Kyung-taek, praised for his versatility and expressiveness, with music composed by Lee Jin-wook who has a strong following and has worked on a diverse body of work.
A play featuring three talented actors!
Jung Dong-hwan, a seasoned actor who has been in a number of movies, dramas, and plays, takes on the role of Simeon. Kim So-jin, a scene stealer whose last theatrical performance was 3 years ago, takes to the stage as the narrator. Lee Gyeong-mi, who captivates audiences with her diverse charms, plays the role of Rosamund.
Simeon Pease Cheney, a minister of the Church of England, makes notations of the sounds of birds, water, and wind in the garden of his parish. Whenever he is in the garden, he is reminded of his late wife, Eva, who loved the garden and who died while giving birth to their daughter 28 years ago. And this yearning turns into resentment toward his daughter.
Simeon ultimately advises his daughter, Rosamund, to leave the parish. Rosamund, who believes that she is overshadowed by her deceased mother and that there is no room for her there, leaves, and Simeon becomes even more obsessed with the garden.
After some time, Rosamund returns home and stays by her father’s side during his final moments. When he passes, she has his sheet music published under the title <Wood Notes Wild: Notations of Bird Music>.
CHARACTERS & CAST
“Want me to tell you a secret? When it comes to love, nothing’s ever enough.”
A clergyman who takes care of the garden that his late wife loved and tries to capture the sounds of the garden as music.
Simeon (Jung Dong-hwan)
“Before their faces disappear, I have to wipe my teary face as often as possible.”
Presenting beautiful language and music, as perhaps Simeon’s music, or a character in the play, or the inner side of the characters.
Narrator (Kim So-jin)
“Dad, can you see me now? Can you see the tears in my eyes?”
Simeon’s beautiful and cheerful daughter who grew up without her father’s love
Rosamund (Lee Gyeong-mi)