The past never stays buried.
A supernatural amorality play with music
March 13 - 29
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30, Sundays at 2:00
$20 - $30*
Somewhere at the intersection of Tommy and Sweeney Todd, our original play with music upends expectations about musicals.
In 1827, in a bucolic village, Maria Martin disappeared. What followed was a series of events both macabre and surreal that culminated in the largest public hanging in English history. Based on a true story, this workshop production features a live rock band, English beer, and plenty of blood. It is not for children.
*your ticket purchase supports the development of this original play.
Writer David Melville on the play:
My father played second trumpet in the London Symphony Orchestra, and our house was always full of classical music. At the time I was more into Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, but we found common ground with The Who. In the early ’70s the LSO did a series of concert performances of Tommy with The Who and an all-star cast. To this day, my father still regards this as one of the musical highlights of his career. It was a great experiment in the classical world butting up against the modern (a bit like an Independent Shakespeare Co. production). I loved the album made from the show and played it over and over...
As I sped through the wintry Suffolk countryside I started revolving the idea of writing some songs with a narrative through-line that I could perform, a bit like Tommy. The Red Barn murder would be a perfect subject for my song-cycle...As I began to get more involved in the project, I became ambitious about what it could be. What if I found a way to include some dramatized moments when we perform the songs? It could be a bold new hybrid of theater that would include music, singing and acting! I ran this idea by a friend, who informed me such an art-form already existed and was, in fact, called a “musical”....
Experience the music of Red Barn:
The Real Maria Marten
Actress Mary Goodchild & playwright/composer David Melville in the UK, exploring the Suffolk countryside where Maria Marten and Billy Corder lived and died.