The murder in the Red Barn is one of those stories that sticks in the mind. It has all the elements of a classic period drama – Maria Marten killed by her lover William Corder, his subsequent trial and hanging, public outrage and fascination with the twists and turns of the plot.
Now, Eastern Angles are bringing this infamous tale to the stage with their latest production, Polstead. On tour during July and August the new version by Beth Flintoff will approach the story from a new perspective, putting Maria and her female friends and family at the centre of the action.
Eastern Angles bring the mysterious story to audiences this summer at quirky locations across Suffolk including Ipswich Waterfront, a real tithe barn in Semer, near Polstead itself, and the countryside surroundings of Debach Airfield near Woodbridge. After his success with The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2017) and Ragnarok (2014), this dark local tale will be dramatically staged by Hal Chambers with an all-female cast.
Polstead Tour Dates:
Ipswich Waterfront, James Hehir Plaza: 11th – 15th July
Manor Farm Barn, Semer, Suffolk: 26th – 28th July
Debach Aifield, Woodbridge: 31st July – 5th August
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