About

'Blood Red Barn' is a gripping new one act drama by award-winning playwright Danusia Iwaszko about the notorious 1827 murder of Maria Marten by her lover William Corder in the Red Barn at Polstead. One of the most sensationalised crimes of its time it inspired countless penny dreadfuls and melodramas and has been the subject of numerous exaggerations and conspiracy theories down the years. This new play combines the facts and the theories to present a more complex and nuanced version of a notorious chapter of Suffolk history.

This new play has been commissioned by the Suffolk Records Office as part of a pilot project designed to get local young people engaged with their local history and work with a professional playwright to uncover the dramatic local stories lurking in the archives. This play is based on research carried out at the Bury St Edmunds Record's Office by a team of young, local researchers who will also perform in the play.

The play is being presented as a script-in-hand rehearsed reading at the following venues:

Thursday 10th August @ 7pm - Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

Friday 11th August @ 7pm - Quay Place, Ipswich

Saturday 12th August @ 7pm - Polstead Village Hall, Polstead

Running Time: approx. 1hr (no interval)

As this is a work-in-progress production tickets are free of charge, but we strongly recommend booking in advance as there is limited capacity at all three venues. Information on booking tickets is below.

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Thursday 10th August @ 7pm - Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

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Friday 11th August @ 7pm - Quay Place, Ipswich

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Saturday 12th August @ 7pm - Polstead Village Hall, Polstead

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