FRIDAY 31st AUGUST AND SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER – ORGANISE A GROUP AND BRING A PICNIC.

GARDENS OPEN FROM 5.30pm, SHOW STARTS 7.30pm

PRE-SHOW AND INTERVAL BAR FROM CELLAR 27

 

Tickets are £15 and you can download the booking form here. Tomfooleryltr Clopton Jul 2012

The Barn is turning into a theatre for 2 nights – Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September so save the dates and don’t miss out. We’re proud to be supporting the Frinton summer theatre company and mtp productions in their regional tour.

We last worked with Matthew Townshend of mtp productions when they rehearsed at the Barn before opening their wonderful show Ipso Facto at the Aldeburgh Spring Festival last year.

Matthew rehearsing Ipso Facto at the Barn

 

 

 

This time we are on the official list of venues for the summer tour visiting theatres and performance spaces throughout the region and beyond.

For the show we will have the gardens open from 5.30pm, and they are looking fabulous (the upside of all this rain!), you can bring a picnic, and we do have lots of covered space if it happens to be inclement. We will also have the fantastic pop up bar Cellar 27 here with their terrific selection of drinks available before the performance and during the interval. So get a group together and come and enjoy a fabulous evening in a glorious setting.

picnic on the lawn

the knot garden

 

TOMFOOLERY
From the songs of Tom Lehrer, adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray
A celebration of the genius of Tom Lehrer; an evening of subtle humorous delights. Four actors, stools, a piano and a healthy dose of attitude are all you need to enter this witty, wicked, offbeat and thoroughly twisted world. The Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950s and ’60s with his dry, cynical but good-humoured attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scouts and, of course, mathematics. Nothing is sacred in this hysterical revue featuring such Lehrer favourites as “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “When You Are Old And Grey,” “The Masochism Tango,” “The Old Dope Peddler,” “The Vatican Rag” and an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the table of elements, linked together with his own inimitable concert patter.

 

 

 

 

Wigs, Corsets and a Wet Nose

The wet nose belongs to the house labrador at Clopton barn and the wigs and corsets came with the showcase of ‘Ipso Facto’, a new musical play based on a Henry Fielding original, which rehearsed here in April 2010.

Traditional Suffolk barns make great perfomance spaces but these buildings have been transformed by owner Jane Stevensen into something very special.

Light pours in to the main space through a huge glazed (and insulated) entrance, the acoustics are good, there is cosy underfloor heating, courtyard space outside in which to run through lines or just take a much neeed coffee break, a kitchen area, toilets, parking and even a minstrels gallery.

For our purposes it was a perfect solution; the costume designer could live ‘above the shop’ in the equally smart hayloft conversion and when Jane offered use of the adjacent old chapel, no less, as the production wardrobe, we felt we had really taken over.

Highly recommended as a quality and practical working space for artists, musicians and actors. Dancers will need a harlequin floor or equivalent over the – very expensive – stone!

 

A theatrical affair

Ipso facto in rehearsal

A moment captured during rehearsals