The Barn Theatre presents season two Autumn/Winter 2018

Fringe At The Barn

Fringe At The Barn

The Barn Theatre season two Autumn/Winter offering for 2018 combines a thrilling mix of plays and performers, which will enthral and excite all audiences.

The Barn Theatre has announced Fringe at The Barn which brings together arguably four of the best acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and kicks off our second season with an eclectic mix of talent that is sure to entertain audiences young and old.

FRINGE AT THE BARN  starring Tom Brace: Brace Yourself, Tamar Broadbent: Best Life, Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity & The Spontaneous Players: Spontaneous Potter

12 September – 15 September

Tom Brace, who brings a jam-packed hour of laughs and magic that need to be seen to be believed. Expect the unexpected in a mind-boggling variety show which is suitable for all the family.

Tom Neenan – A stand up show of smart, sharp and assured work from a critically acclaimed character comedian, writer and performer who fuses slick presentation with an engaging story and plenty of solid laughs. Not to be missed.

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life

Tamar Broadbent is a multitalented comedian singer and songwriter who was given a Five Star review in the Stage and described as “somewhere between Bridget Jones and Victoria Wood.” Ridiculously funny with a great singing voice her skillful repertoire will keep the audience captivated until the very end and crying for more.

Spontaneous Potter, an unofficial Potter spoof show, suitable for age group 14 years upwards, provides an entirely improvised Harry Potter play, based on a suggestion of a fan fiction title. With live musical accompaniment, it is sure to attract a large audience.

Closing the month, and continuing the Fringe theme, Stephen Macdonald’s Fringe First-winning play NOT ABOUT HEROES tells the story about the unique friendship between celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. This acclaimed show is on the first part of a world tour commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play and of the Armistice.

October sees Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskerville, get a gloriously funny makeover with a talented cast of three actors playing multiple roles.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by John Nicholson and Steven Canny – DIRECTED BY JOSEPH O’MALLEY

Set and Costume Designer – Elin Steele

24 October – 24 November 2018

This West End and record breaking play tells the story of when Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his estate, with a look of terror still etched on his face, and the paw prints of a gigantic hound beside his body, the great detective Sherlock Holmes is summoned from Baker Street, with Dr Watson in tow, to unravel the mysteries surrounding his death, and investigate the ancient curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

November marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and The Barn Theatre will play a central role in the organisation and production of A COTSWOLD WAR, a commemorative show that celebrates this poignant date and remembers those that sacrificed so much. Held on the evening of Armistice Day on the 11th of the month at 7.30pm, it will involve large numbers of people of all ages from the community, including professional performers and the Academy students in a spectacular and exciting event not to be missed.

The Barn Theatre’s Christmas special which begins on December 5th is considered a children’s classic. JUST SO by Rudyard Kipling

JUST SO Music by George Stiles, Lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling – DIRECTED BY KIRK JAMESON

Choreographer – Joanna Goodwin

Musical Supervisor – Nick Barstow

Orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Associate orchestrator John Clancy. Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and performed by arrangement with MTI Europe Ltd.

5 December 2018 – 13 January 2019

JUST SO by Rudyard Kipling, whose other famous works include The Jungle Book, is a musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe written in 1984 based on Kipling’s Just So Stories. The production will be an actor muso version following the success of The Secret Garden which was also transformed into this style. A fantastic family friendly show, the Five of Rudyard Kipling’s tales are woven together into a wondrous tale of personal courage, individuality and friendship and has been described as a designer’s dream come true.

They tell the story of the creation of all the animals by the Eldest Magician. Everything is Just So until Pau Amma the Crab starts playing with the ocean, which causes the land to flood, putting the other animals in danger. While the rest of the animals accept their sad fate, Elephant’s Child embarks on a journey to challenge and overcome the disobedient crab. Along the way, he meets other creatures and discovers how they came to be the way they are.

A colourful and uplifting show, Just So has an underlying message that one determined individual can make a real difference in this world and a fitting way to round off their second season. Expect a fun filled, feel good tale for all the family, a real treat to get you in the mood for the festive season.

Jamie Chapman Dixon

Jamie Chapman Dixon

“We believe we have an incredible line up with something for everyone in our Autumn/Winter season. We are thrilled to bring Not About Heroes and the Fringe events to the theatre but also very excited to continue our in-house productions with The Hound of the Baskervilles and Just So.

In our continued efforts to develop young creative talent it is great to see that the directors of our shows have a history with the Barn.

Joe O’Malley, as assistant director on One Minute. Kirk Jameson has gone on to great things in his career, but Kirk has previously directed for The Barn theatre at a summer project in 2016.

The development of young and emerging talent is a core fundamental belief of The Barn Theatre and we look forward to creating more opportunities for the theatre creators of the future. Watch this space.”

 Jamie Chapman Dixon– Producer – Barn Theatre