Barn Performances

The Barn Performances

There are a number of select, separately ticked performances inside the Barn. All Barn performance tickets include a Great Barn Festival Grounds Day Pass Ticket valid for the day of your performance.

Please contact us directly for details of Group and multiple performance discounts.

Saturday 18th September

A Stir-about of Folk Tales
Saturday 10.30am – 11.15am

A mixture of tales from the British Isles and beyond. Humorous, exciting, scary… a really entertaining mix of stories.

Suitable for ages 6-100

Dave Oliver as hilarious and totally compelling as ever, as his stories drew one in to his crazy, topsy – turvy folktale – but – not – as – it – seems world with his splendid range of accents and utter charm
Shane Wolfland – Exeter Respect Festival



Children’s Illustration Workshop – Bee Operanto
Saturday 10.45am – 11.30am
Cabaret Tent

Children’s Illustration workshop for ages 5 – 12 years.

Bee Operanto is a local artist specialising in illustration, mixed media and 3D form. She lives in a cottage in the woods with her musician husband and a myriad of animals. Her studio, Puff of Smoke, is nestled in the garden. It is a neverland of creatures, dwarfs, fairies, dragons and always the sound of a story drifting through the air. Bee is an experienced teacher and adept at guiding young imaginations to meet their potential as well as instilling confidence in their abilities and refining their skills.

Bee will take the kids on a journey with a tale that allows them to build their own ending, stretch their imagination and learn a little about illustration and art along the way. A great tonic to the digital age and a fun way to explore their creativity.

The Great Inter-dimensional Adventure – an interactive family theatre performance
Saturday 11.45am – 12.30am

In one universe Natty and Flic are seasoned aeronauts, in another Hatty and Trix are seasoned seafarers. When their quests collide across dimensions, time and reality hang in the balance.  Will the universe fracture? Will they find their way home?  What if they don’t all like custard creams?

Join us on a new adventure for Natty and Flic:

WhatNot are an Oxford based Theatre company devising original work from the simplest of  stories to provoking themes. They aim to challenge and inspire their audiences to observe their own world differently and get involved.

Suitable for age 5+



Art for Adults , Creativity and Calm with Bee Operanto
Saturday 12.45pm – 1.30pm
Cabaret Tent

Join a small group for a fun workshop guiding you to find the joy in being creative. Art has been shown as a way of calming the mind, encouraging logical thought and building a sense of achievement and self esteem.

Join a small group for a fun workshop guiding you to find the joy in being creative, gently helping with technique without judgement and perhaps helping you remember just what a thrill it is to use your imagination.

Bee Operanto, has an MA in Fine Art and Ceramics, a BA in 3D Design and Ceramics/Print Making/Photography, and is a lecturer in Art, Design and Fine Art. She is also the founder of Puff of Smoke studio, where she teaches mindful and compassionate art. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and pop-up galleries throughout the UK, and was a finalist for the Foxy Crafters “The Craftys” Award in San Francisco. She also featured in the Welsh Art Magazine, and in 2016’s iBook of Abstract Art.

Shakespeare in a Suitcase – Macbeth
Saturday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s best know tragedies of greed, ambition, and desire for power. In this production Macduff invites you to hear his haunting tale of the murderous Macbeth’s and how they tore his and Scotland’s life apart. Set in the original story time of 1040, these dark age warriors recreate their broadsword battles, witches dances and bloody horror.

The production has witches, warriors and ghosts supported by our audience of rapping ‘wraith-ravens’ where they join in as the chorus with ‘Hubble Bubble’ rap.’

Using mainly modern English, this interactive show fully encourages audience participation and provides a great introduction to the inventiveness of Shakespeare. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this show isn’t suitable for very young children.

Suitable for age 8+

Shakespeare in a Suitcase – A Midsummer Nights Dream
Saturday 3.00pm – 4.00pm

A Midsummer Nights Dream is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Taking place in mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, its a fantastical tale of handsome fairy kings, misguided parents, star-crossed lovers, half-donkey weavers, wood sprites and elves. 

Join a band of travelling players, as they introduce the Midsummer Night’s madness of Oberon, Titania, Puck and the fairies. Enter into their mysterious world as they cause chaos for the humans with their magical mischief.

“What fools these mortals be!“

Using mainly modern English, this interactive family show fully encourages audience participation and provides a great introduction to the inventiveness of Shakespeare.

Suitable for 4+


The Servants Ball – Step Dance Workshop with Ewan Wardrop
Saturday 6.30pm – 7.00pm

Helping to recreate the Servants Ball experience, Ewan Wardrop brings his extensive experience into running this step dance workshop. Why not learn a few steps and join in with the Servants Ball later in the evening!

Ewan Wardrop Ex Principal dancer with Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures, choreographer for Two Noble Kinsman with Eliza Carthy at The Globe, performer with RSC, Royal National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, founder of The Bo Diddlers Morris Side.

The Servants Ball: Folk music of the inter-war era re-imagined
Saturday 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The Servants’ Ball launch their music and dance project inspired by staff parties of the grand English country estates before WW2 and an old set list from a village hall dance band. A band who would play any party or ball which would have them if the fee was right.

Much of this music has fallen between the cracks in the years since. But within this forgotten music lies a cultural scrapbook of British history, ancient English dance tunes, polkas and quadrilles from Europe, African American banjo music, Victorian music hall, Italian opera, step dance tunes, even the influence of the then popular passion for Egyptology…. a true melting pot.

The Servant’s Ball’ have taken inspiration from these musicians who knew no boundaries and have recreated the culturally irreverent atmosphere of these events with music and dance.

Performed by some of Britain’s leading traditional musicians, set against the magnificent Barn backdrop, this will be a night to remember.

Be prepared to sing and dance along!
Ewan Wardrop – banjolele, dance, vocals
Ben Nicholls – double bass, vocals
Rob Harbron – concertina 
Ben Paley – fiddle 
Julian Hinton – piano, vocals
Evan Jenkins – drums

Sunday 19th September

David Gibb
Sunday 10.30am – 11.15am
Cabaret Tent

Give children and families a musical experience to remember with David Gibb’s Family Jukebox.

Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where sunflowers dance and sing, teddy bears dance the night away at the disco and you never know when you might find a dragon in your bedroom.

David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics.

Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

Voice and Text Workshop
Sunday 11.30am – 1.00pm
Cabaret Tent

As part of the Great Barn Festival, Sun & Moon Theatre are returning with a Voice and Text Workshop! The first half will explore techniques to help with vocal projection, diction, impact and combatting nerves, getting your body and mind in touch with your voice. Whether you’re interested in performing or would like to develop your voice for school, college, work, your career or for your own personal development, the aim is to help you to strengthen your vocal confidence and feel empowered.

The second half of the workshop will be working with text, playing with Shakespeare’s words and unlocking thoughts of emotions of the script. Whether you are experienced or are new to Shakespeare, the aim is to support you in feeling more confident with Shakespearean text, helping you to find your voice, prepare for working on plays, auditions for plays and/or drama school, supporting your education, or for simply trying something new and developing your appreciation and understanding of the work.

– ‘I came in really nervous and not knowing what to expect but from the first minute to the last of the workshop I had such a lovely time.’ 
– ‘Amazing experience, I found the techniques that were introduced very helpful which I will continue to use … Can’t wait to try them out more! 

About the facilitators – Melissa Barrett and David Johnson are the Artistic Directors/Actor Managers of theatre company, Sun & Moon Theatre. They trained with the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon from 2008-2009, in which they received training in Voice, Acting, Song, Dance, Text and Physicality from resident and visiting practitioners, including Royal Shakespeare Company and West End practitioners. Both Melissa and David have extensive experience in voice and text coaching and look forward to working with you!
Suggested Age: 16+

Stonevale ConcertsSebastian Müeller and Lynette Stulting
Sunday 12.30pm – 1.20pm

Enjoy the sounds of classical violin & piano at its finest, set against the background of a stunning medieval Barn.

Sebastian Müeller currently maintains principal study violin classes at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Junior Department) London, and at Chethams’ School of Music (Manchester). Before taking up his positions at music conservatoires in the UK, Sebastian served on the violin faculty of Hannover Music Conservatoire (Germany), as well as at the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield and Chichester (UK). He has been senior lecturer and director of the string orchestra at Leeds College of Music.

He regularly coaches the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and the Portuguese National Youth Orchestra and is the artistic director of the Pro Corda Violin Courses as well as frequently invited to give masterclasses for respected musical institutions

Sebastian’s extensive performance career has seen him feature as soloist with the major violin concerto (most recently Beethoven, Sibelius, Mozart, Paganini) repertoire in – and outside Europe. He has acted as principal leader and soloist of the German String Orchestra and worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and currently leads the Skipton Camerata. Sebastian plays on a violin made by Stephan Peter Greiner.            

Lynette Stultings piano career started in South Africa, where she studied under Joseph Stanford at the University of Pretoria.  She continued her studies under Professor Gyorgy Nador at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.  She has won several national competitions and appeared as soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony orchestra, the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra and several others

Lynette taught piano at the RCM Junior Department for several years and still teaches there on a part time basis.  She was appointed Head of Piano at Abingdon School in September 2016 and has just been appointed Head of Instrumental Studies

Tales from the Great Wood
Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Listen! Can you hear the whispering in the trees? The Great Wood is full of stories.
It is a hot summer’s day, perfect for basking in the sun. But instead of resting, Hetty the hare is investigating!

Because someone is missing.

And as she unravels a tall tale, that stretches from end to end of The Great Wood, Hetty realises that every creature – no matter how small -can have a huge part to play in the world of the forest.

Join Badapple Theatre, and a host of puppets, for their interactive storytelling eco-adventure for ages 5 – 95!

“Bramley’s dialogue fizzes with life, energy and humour and her storytelling and direction are constantly inventive” YORK PRESS

The Miraculous Misadventures of Robin Hood
Sunday 6.30pm until 8.30pm
Outdoor stage in the Festival Grounds

From the director who bought you the acclaimed ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ and The Three Inch Fools, comes a riotous adventure fit for all the family: the infamous tale of Robin Hood.

Beneath the Major Oak, this troupe of players gather to tell the story of Britain’s best-known folktale. The only problem is: no one can quite remember the story. As the actors each battle to tell their own version of the legendary tale the audience are treated to a delightfully calamitous evening of wildly inventive story-telling and music-making.

Enjoy a rip-roaring folk adventure full of original music, raucous comedy and terrible sword fighting. Join Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John and Friar Tuck for a show packed with electrifying fun that is sure to deliver that much needed cheer for all the family

Please note, this will be an outdoor production so come prepared for the Great British Weather!