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Mr Darwin’s Tree


“Life, love, sex, faith, doubt, death, the universe and …?”

‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’ is a one-man show to be performed by Andrew Harrison at the Unitarian Church in Shrewsbury on Saturday, February 9 – the church attended by Darwin as a boy some 200 years ago. The play was originally commissioned by the think tank Theos in 2009 for the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and was premiered in Westminster Abbey.   It is a compelling 75-minute drama which focuses on the relationship between Darwin (an agnostic) and his wife Emma (a Christian), plus other important characters in Darwin’s life who influenced his views on science, faith, love and human destiny.


Elegantly conceived, clever, and highly informative….  overflowing with gentle humour and charm ….  Murray Watts skilfully weaves passages of description so rich that images rapidly materialise in our imagination.’  (‘3 Weeks’ Edinburgh Festival Review).

‘Andrew Harrison’s emotional manipulation of the audience is outstanding’. (Broadway Baby)

‘Andrew Harrison’s mastery of a whole array of disparate characters was … utterly convincing (and) spellbinding’. (Caithness Courier) ‘Harrison portrays the dozen or so characters seamlessly and effortlessly’.  (The Times)

‘No room for anti-climax or disappointment  … Andrew Harrison captivated the audience’s attention, informed on all sorts of matters of fact, and, most importantly, inspired them to think about the debate between Science and Faith’  (Mark Turner, former Headmaster of Shrewsbury School)

MURRAY WATTS began his professional career as a writer and director with Upstream Productions at the Edinburgh Festival in 1974. He has written for theatre, radio, TV and film over the last 35 years. He is best known for his award-winning play, The Fatherland, produced by the Bush Theatre in 1989 and for the screenplay of The Miracle Maker, which was released in 2000. He has written and directed many one man shows and has often worked with Andrew Harrison to create solo performances.  Mr. Darwin's Tree is their latest collaboration.

ANDREW HARRISON’s theatre credits include Glyn and It with Dame Penelope Keith on national tour, the premier tour of Peter Nichol’s Blue Murder and the West End Production with the late Sir Michael Hordern ‘Trelawny of the Wells’. His film credits include ‘An Ideal Husband’, ‘The Sea Change’, ‘A Little Loving’and ‘Dorian Gray’; for TV: ‘The life of Pepys’, ‘Miss Marple’, ‘2000 Acre of Sky’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘You Rang M’Lord?’, ‘Beyond Narnia’and ‘Summer in Transylvania’.