AUDITIONS

You do not have to be a Barn member to audition for our productions.

We always look forward to welcoming new members and you only need to become a member once you get cast in the production or join the Creative Team.

A Bunch of Amateurs

Playing dates: 15th – 23rd October 2021

Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear!

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Goodnight Mr Tom

Playing dates: 12th – 30th December 2021

The story of Goodnight Mister Tom is set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War and the early years of the war itself. In the autumn of 1939, William Beech, a sad, introverted little boy, is evacuated from his unhappy home in Deptford to the idyllic English countryside in the West Country. He is billeted on an elderly recluse named Tom Oakley and, after a rocky start, a remarkable and moving friendship develops between them. But William’s new happiness is shattered when he’s summoned back to London by his mother…

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Up Pompeii

Playing dates: 14th – 22nd January 2022

Up Pompeii is based on the classic British TV comedy series broadcast between 1969 and 1975, starring Frankie Howerd. It’s a hilarious romp through ancient Roman times, focusing on Lurcio, head slave of Senator Ludicrus Sextus, his wife Ammonia, their daughter Erotica and virginal son Nausius. At the start of the play Lurcio tries to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, but is invariably interrupted by the demands of Ludicrus, Ammonia and all the various other characters in the play and he’s quickly caught up in a myriad of secret liaisons and shenanigans happening in and around his master’s house. As chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance…

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Ben Hur

Playing dates: 4th – 12th February 2022

The greatest book ever penned has been adapted by Patrick Barlow (The 39 Steps) and is brought to the stage by a towering team of actors – turning the theatre into one of the most authentic versions of ancient Rome ever seen. They said it was unachievable! They said it couldn’t be done! The 1959 film with Charlton Heston had a budget of $15 million, a cast of 50,000 extras and 365 speaking parts. We’re not afraid of the challenge…

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