Bard From The Barn—from monologues to duologues

Published: 5 July 2020
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Natasha Barnes

The new series of Bard from the Barn will see West End stars work on Shakespeare duologues in modern settings with drama school graduates.

Amongst those confirmed as taking part to date are Natasha Barnes, Mark Peachey and Nathan Amzi.

Barnes's credits include Funny Girl and Falsettos, whilst Peachey was seen recently in Dear Evan Hansen and Amzi in Heathers.

The series is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers.

Sidwell said, “working now in pairs with a director, our actors are bringing you a new and fresh look at some of the Bard’s greatest characters. Covering 30 of the Bard's plays, every week of the 2nd series will be themed. From Lovers week to Lesser Known Gems week we hope to keep you entertained daily for the next few months!”

The directorial team includes Derek Anderson, Paul Anthoney, Amie Burns Walker, Paul-Ryan Carberry, Charlotte Conquest, Richard Corgan, Scott Ellis, Nick Evans, Richard Fitch, Victoria Gimby, John Greening, Francesca Goodridge, Matt Harrison, Alastair Knights, Scott Le Crass, Katie-Ann McDonough, Richard Neale, Jonathan O’Boyle, James O’Donnell, Michelle Payne, Dan Phillips and Abigail Pickard Price joining returning series one directors Hal Chambers, Kirstie Davis, Robert Forknall, Oliver Lynes, David Mercatali, Joseph O’Malley, Joseph Pitcher, Jake Smith and Sean Turner.

The Barn Theatre, a registered charity, continues with the Bard From The Barn project whilst facing possible closure following the loss of £250,000 due to the pandemic. Donations may be made on the theatre's web site.

Series one of Bard From The Barn is available for streaming; it includes performances from Tricia Adele-Turner (Dear Evan Hansen), Max Hutchinson (The Woman in Black) and Aaron Sidwell (American Idiot).

Series two starts on 6 July at 7:30PM on Barn Theatre’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels.