Following the very successful Show Talks last season, we will continue to hold these completely free events during the performance week of all shows staged at the Barn. Feedback from last year was extremely positive, with regularly high turnouts. The Cast & Crew Q&A sessions are particularly popular, so please do bear these talks in mind when you book your tickets. They are FREE to attend. You do not need to book in advance. Simply note the day and time of the talk and come along to take advantage of this value-added service.
Director’s Interview: Wednesday performances at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
The Director discusses the merits of the play and the challenges of staging it, including set design, lighting and finding the right costumes, props and music. Plays are often explored in depth, as directors give their views on the themes and contentious issues surrounding particular scenes and characters.
Dr. Cindy Lawford’s Talk: Thursday performances at 7.30pm in the Clubroom
Never failing to look into the playwright’s life, Cindy likes to use biography to highlight the sometimes overlooked aspects of the play. She also sets forth the historical and political background of the play where relevant, and she reveals what the critics and academics have been arguing about, which frequently regards the play’s treatment of sex, violence and religion.
Cast & Crew Q&A: Friday evenings directly after the performance
The audience is warmly invited to stay behind after the show to take part in a Q&A session. As the curtains reopen, the cast and crew return to the stage to answer questions from the audience about how those difficult scenes were rehearsed and produced. Hosted by Cindy, the session lasts approximately 15 minutes.
About Dr. Cindy Lawford
A native Texan, Cindy first came to England to spend a summer doing research at the British Library for her PhD in English Literature. Nineteen years later she has a husband, twin teenage daughters and a still-incomplete literary biography of the English poet Letitia Landon (1802-38). Cindy has appeared on stage at the Barn twice now, and it was during rehearsals for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that she felt overwhelmed by the desire to research and analyse the play. That was how the idea for these talks was born. She has an infectious and enthusiastic way of inspiring an extended interest in our productions, and we are lucky to have her sharing her expertise with us.