The critically-acclaimed production of The Ballad of Maria Marten heads back on tour this autumn. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a complex tale based on a true crime known as the ‘Red Barn Murder’. However, rather than focusing on death, it takes a look at the protagonist’s life.
It’s the summer of 1827 and in a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. One year later, her body is found underneath the flooring in a grain sack. And so, the manhunt begins. This feminist adaptation is by Beth Flintoff (co-director of The Incident Room, New Diorama). It brings Maria’s own perspective to the forefront. So, this play turns history into her-story, telling a tale of love, loss, prejudice and patriarchal power.
A play with a female focus
It also brings together an all-female cast. This includes Elizabeth Crarer (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket) as Maria Marten. Alongside her is Jessica Dives (Pride and Prejudice and the Merry Wives of Windsor, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) and Susie Barrett (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Vaults). Joining them are Sarah Goddard (Hetty Feather, West End, UK and US tour), Bethan Nash (My Fair Lady, The Mill at Sonning) and Lydia Bakelmun (Babylon Beyond Borders, Bush Theatre).
Writer Beth Flintoff was inspired by her work with survivors of psychological abuse and this timely production highlights the dangers lurking behind closed doors. The Ballad of Maria Marten is a clarion call for an equal and safe society. The story hopes to showcase the power and joy that can be found in female camaraderie.
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When: 16th September 2021 – 9th February 2022
Where: Touring to Bury St Edmunds, Salford, Cheltenham, Oundle, Winchester, Basingstoke, Lowestoft and Colchester
£: Tickets prices vary, depending on the venue. It’s suitable for ages 12+ years
More info: www.mariamarten.com