POLSTEAD by Beth Flintoff
Eastern Angles Theatre Company presents POLSTEAD by Beth Flintoff
Directed by Hal Chambers
Designed by Verity Quinn
Composed by Luke Potter
A new retelling of the true tale of Maria Marten and the Red Barn Murder.
Touring 11th July - 5th August 2018 to Ipswich Waterfront, The Undercroft in Peterborough, a tithe barn in Semer & Debach Airfield, Woodbridge.
“It’s been a year since I died and still nobody has found me”
In the Red Barn, a dark secret lies buried, waiting to be discovered…
In 1820s Suffolk, Polstead is a quiet village stuck in its age-old traditions and ancient class system. Rich and poor, man and woman, everyone knows their place. Life revolves around the seasons and the timeless cycle of marriages, births and deaths, where the annual Cherry Fair is the only excitement, and the threat of starvation never far away. The villagers plod stoically on, through bitter winters and sweet brief summers.
But Maria and her friends want to be different: they yearn for thrills and experimentation. When luck, and her fierce determination to better herself, throws Maria into the arms of a wealthy landowner, it seems that her dreams will come true…
With this new take on a classic story, Eastern Angles re-examines the life of Maria Marten and the events that led up to her murder. As part of the writing process, Beth Flintoff has interviewed women from Lighthouse Women’s Aid charity, based in Ipswich, who aim to support and empower women and children affected by domestic abuse or violence. The interviews and historical research will bring a new modern perspective on the notorious murder case.
After his success with The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2017) & Ragnarok (2014), this dark local tale will be dramatically staged by Hal Chambers with an all-female cast. The show will tour to a mix of locations from Ipswich Waterfront to a real tithe barn in Semer, near Polstead itself.
POLSTEAD Tour Dates:
Ipswich Waterfront, James Hehir Plaza: 11th – 15th July
The Undercroft, Serpentine Green, Peterborough: 18th – 21st July
Manor Farm Barn, Semer, Suffolk: 26th – 28th July
Debach Aifield, Woodbridge: 31st July – 5th August
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