An Operatic Gardening TV Show

8 Aug to 8 Sep

Full Price: £15 | Affordable: £5 | Online: £1 plus optional donation
Produced and presented by The Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions

Featuring research, performances, and contributions by: Sophie Seita, Naomi Woo, Ruari Paterson-Achenbach, & more

On Stage - Live Performance: 8:45pm - 9:15pm, 8 August, £15/£5

Live Online - Interactive Broadcast: 9:00pm - 10:00pm, 11 August, £1

On Demand - Interactive Broadcast Recording: 11 August - 8 September, £1

Documentary-opera meets quirky gardening show, bingenTV immerses audiences in the world of the Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions, a queer-feminist collective originally founded by the German mediaeval mystic and musician Hildegard von Bingen and only recently uncovered by scholars. Through music, film, text, and a healthy dose of gossip, the show traces the history of the society and its revivals. With Sophie Seita as bingenTV’s charismatic host, you’ll not only be treated to a whirlwind jaunt through space and time, but also to some of history’s most insightful minds on interspecies and environmental care, plants, and healing. In the process, the performance offers a poignant meditation on hidden & forgotten voices in gardening history and beyond.

Guests at the interactive broadcast have the opportunity to meet current members of the society & ask for gardening advice!

Age range: All ages, but mostly adults


We ask our audiences to stay home if there is any risk of infection, and to stick to one metre social distancing at all times. 

We continue to:

  • Reduce the number of people using spaces in the building
  • Maintain COVID safe cleaning regimes   
  • Make available bottles of hand sanitiser and wipes throughout the building
  • Open all the doors and windows to aid air-flow and fill the place with potted plants that cheer us all up (and calm us all down).

For this show we are keeping managed social distancing in place. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing. Our companies and audiences will include Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We want everyone to feel and be safe.

  • You will be asked to queue outside in your bubbles, so wear weather-relevant clothes and let us know if you or anyone you know has a mobility or standing difficulty by emailing the Box Office.   
  • We will check you in on arrival. You may be asked for ID so please have some handy. 
  • We will show you straight into the auditorium - unless you need to use the facilities - where you will be seated in your bubbles
  • There will be one way systems in place.  Our gorgeous stewards will guide you and show you how to leave should you need to.
  •  In the auditorium, another gorgeous steward will check our seating plan and show you to your seat(s). Like in a restaurant. 


We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.


For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page.