The Perils Of Poisonous Plants

The spectacularly brilliant plant hunter Ivor Monocle has just returned from his most daring expedition yet! He has collected some of the world’s most curative, AND DEADLY plants! Today you are lucky enough to be at the grand opening of his exhibition. However, there is a problem…
That problem wears yellow trousers and rides a tricycle…Smedley Deadly, Ivor’s jealous and mischievous little brother! He wants to use the poisonous plants to give Ivor a squiffy tummy, ruin his big day AND take Ivor’s sweetheart the brave and wonderful Mira Cullgro for himself!
 Ivor and Mira NEED YOUR HELP! Pick up the special map from Mira at the Secluded Greenhouse (she’s there until 2.30pm) and solve the clues and challenges left by Smedley Deadly.
Your mission will take about 90 minutes in one go, or you can spread it out across your day. Once you have solved the challenges there is a final short performance by Ivor (he’s there until 3.45pm).
Good Luck! Mira is waiting for you …… and keep an eye out for those yellow trousers.


Commissioned by Kew Royal Botanical Gardens,  Perils of the Poisonous Plants played to 800 audience a day over three weeks, featured in Time Out's top 10 family attractions in London!

I just want to review a particularly pleasing show at Kew last October to which I took my grandchildren and great nephews aged between 4 and 13. This was an interactive theatre trail called The Perils of Poisonous Plants  which began at the Secluded Garden Glass House with an introduction from a young woman  dramatically engaging the children with the tale of Ivor Monacle the plant hunter who was being thwarted by Smedley Deadly, a truly bad lot, in his endeavours. A treasure hunt like walk ensued where various details had to be filled in on paper and where if Smedley Deadly was encountered on his bicycle we had to sneeze to get rid of him. Eventually we ended up in a theatre in the Princess of Wales Conservatory where a show with a fair amount of comedy entertained us all and we were able to save London from being poisoned thanks to the aforementioned treasure hunt's magic word solution. All the children were occupied all the time, trail and show alike, and had a wonderful time as well as learning a fair bit about plants along the way. I feel it was an impressive achievement to amuse such a range of ages, myself, a friend and my niece included, so successfully. I hope I will be able to experience another such entertainment by the talented theatrical group who produced this masterly show before long.
Review from an audience member S. Rendall. Thanks very much S!