About the Show


'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.

The play was commissioned by the Suffolk Record Office as part of a pilot project 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. The play is based on research carried out at the Bury St Edmunds Record Office by a team of young, local researchers who also performed the piece in three exclusive script-in-hand rehearsed readings.

'Blood Red Barn' was first performed as a script-in-hand rehearsed reading at Moyse's Hall Museum on Thursday 10th August 2017, and subsequently embarked on a mini-tour of venues in Ipswich and Polstead

Cast and Creative


The CAST in order of appearance

JACOB GRIMM

Oliver Smith

WILLIAM CORDER

Greg Hanson

SAM 'BEAUTY' SMITH

Freddie Raymond

HANNAH FANDANGO

Ailema De Sousa

MARIA MARTEN

Lucy Farrant

ANN MARTEN

Asha Ray

All other parts played by members of the Company

The CREATIVE TEAM

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Danusia Iwaszko

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Amber Jenkins

FLYER DESIGN BY

Krys10 Design

FLYERS PRINTED BY

Polstead Press

PRODUCED BY

Bring Out Your Dead Productions & Suffolk Record Office

RESEARCH TEAM

Hatty Ashton, Greg Hanson, Amber Jenkins, Martha Loader, Asha Ray, Freddie Raymond, and Oliver Smith

WITH THANKS TO

Alix and Rob Ashton, Beccy Coombs, Steve Gilby, Jane Ingle, Emily Pillet, Amy Rushton, Victoria Savoulidis, Stephen Smith, Judith Stephenson, Frank Walker, Sarah Webb, and all the staff and volunteers at Moyse's Hall Museum, Quay Place, and Polstead Village Hall

Media


Production Photos

Rehearsal & Research Photos