Separately Ticketed Performances

The Separately Ticketed Performances


In order to keep costs down and make the Festival accessible to everyone, there are a number of ticket options. You can buy a Gate Pass and enjoy a whole day of entertainment for just £8

There are also a number of select, separately ticked performances and Workshops at the Great Barn Festival should you want to enjoy a performance in the Barn itself, including a separately ticketed outdoor theatre performance.

Friday 16th September

The Gunpowder Plot
Friday 7.30pm until 10.30pm
Door open from 6.00pm

The Three Inch Fools hit the road with a bang. Cue an explosive evening of short fuses and tall tales, as five actors try to pull off the most infamous conspiracy in history.

The Gunpowder Plot comes to life in a brand new, calamitous production fit for all the family. Expect uproarious intrigue, endless costume changes, and many, many false moustaches in this highly flammable historical tale.

★★★★★ – “So entertaining…laugh-out-loud funny”
★★★★★ – “Great fun for the whole family…my kids are still talking about it!”
★★★★★ – “The ultimate British theatrical experience” – Hastings Independent Press

Bring your own blankets, cushions, and camping-chairs and join us on our outdoor adventure at this stunning venue. Come prepared for the weather – the performance will continue come rain come shine!



Children’s Illustration Workshop for ages 7 – 12 years with Puff of Smoke
Saturday 17th September
10.15am, The Gallery Tent

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.

This event includes a Gate Pass to The Great Barn Festival.

Rattlebox Theatre – Beowulf
Saturday 17th September
11.00am, The Great Barn

Rattlebox Theatre presents part of the famous Anglo-Saxon epic ‘BEOWULF’ in this small but perfectly formed adaption! Engaging storytelling is combined with clever puppetry. The beautifully detailed puppets and props are mostly based on early Anglo – Saxon costume, art and artifacts.

The performance retains the spirit of the original story, whilst making it accessible to both adults and children alike (ages 7 years and up).

The performance is accompanied with evocative live music played on an impressive array of medieval and traditional instruments (including Harp, bombarde, border pipes, percussion and lyre )

“Dave Oliver, professional storyteller and puppet master, casts a spell over his audience.. a gripping retelling of Beowulf in painstakingly created miniature. Recommended for everyone – kids, adults, Beowulf experts and Beowulf ignorant”.


Workshop – Art for Adults , Creativity and Calm with Puff of Smoke Studios
Saturday 17th September
12.45pm, The Gallery 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 illustration workshop, 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.
Tickets include a Gate Pass to The Great Barn Festival

Shakespeare in a Suitcase – The Tempest
Saturday 17th September
1.00pm, The Great Barn

There is no better way to appreciate Shakespeare’s work than through a live performance.

Set on a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere, The Tempest is a fantastical tale of magic, a powerful sprite called Ariel, a strange wildman called Caliban, murder, romance, greed but above all its really funny!

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

Suitable for all ages

Your ticket includes a Great Barn Festival Day Gate Pass which gives you access to the Festival Grounds for the day of your performance where you can enjoy all the free activities and performances in the Grounds until 6pm

Dvi Doli – Traditional Ukrainian folk music
Saturday 17th September
3.15pm, The Great Barn

Dvi Doli is a duo made up of Julia Kogut-Kalynyuk and Kateryna Trachuk who are classically trained professional musicians from Lviv, Ukraine. They arrived in Oxford in May 2022, fleeing Russia’s war in Ukraine.

They have been playing the bandura since they were 5 and 9 years old. Music is a huge part of their lives and they both obtained Master’s degrees in bandura and voice at Lviv National Music Academy, named after Mykola Lysenko, Ukraine’s leading musical conservatory.

They have toured in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, and Spain and look forward to sharing their love for Ukrainian traditional folk music with the UK.

Your ticket includes a Great Barn Festival Day Gate Pass which gives you access to the Festival Grounds for the day of your performance where you can enjoy all the free activities and performances in the Grounds until 6pm


Sebastian Mueller and Lynette Stulting – Music for Violin and Piano
Sunday 18th September, 11.00am
The Great Barn

Following 2021’s highly regarded performance, Sebastian and Lynette return by popular demand with a performance of such calibre, joy and elegance as would grace any classical stage. The lofty heights of the barn, William Morris remarked on as cathedral like, will be host to a most magical event not to be missed. This year’s performance will include Beethoven’s Spring Sonata.

Sebastian Müellers 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.

Lynette Stulting on piano 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.

Kindly supported by The Piano Gallery

Your ticket includes a Great Barn Festival Day Gate Pass which gives you access to the Festival Grounds for the day of your performance where you can enjoy all the free activities and performances in the Grounds until 5pm

Sunday Evening @ The Barn
Sunday 18th September, 6.00pm onwards
Festival Grounds & The Great Barn

Sunday evening @ The Barn sees not just one, but three incredible bands to really help us close the Great Barn Festival in style. There will be plenty of additional entertainment, food and drink options to make a help make it an evening to remember from 6.00pm onwards.

Rocking our Tent by the Pond will be Jody & The Jerms, a firm favourite on the Festival circuit and making a long overdue local return and Tim Friars & The Mercenaries, a well-renowned Celtic Rock Band, as popular for their powerful live set as for their fantastic recorded sound.

This will be followed by our Sunday Night Big Feature – The Old Time Sailors who will transform you and the Barn back to the 19th century. From bluegrass, to sea shanties, traditional Irish to lively drinking songs, join in the 17 strong musical crew and witness an astounding show unmatched in this music genre.

It promises to be an evening not to be forgotten.