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The Murder of Maria Marten or The Red Barn

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

November 12, 13 & 14, 1964.

The Murder of Maria Marten  or  The Red Barn

by Brian J. Burton

“Real stuff of melodrama”
– Brighton & Hove Gazette –


Directed by
Betty Elliott


J. Hopper – Alice

J. Perrett – William Corder [Squire’s son]

P. Power – Thomas Marten [honest rustic]

R. Hopper – Tim Bobbin [simple rustic]

F. Cowling – Johnny Badger [aspiring swain]

R. Workman – Pharos Lee [officer of the law]]

M. Payne – Maria Marten [Thomas’s daughter]

M. Hammond – Mrs. Marten [Thomas’s wife]

F. Sturt – Anne Marten [Thomas’s young daughter]

I. Pilcher – Meg Bobbin [Tim’s sister]

J. Porter – Nell Hatfield [gypsy]

S. Porter – Rosa Post [gypsy]

D. Burnside – Petera Andrews [gypsy]

M. Perrett – Village Folk

F. Thorne – Village Folk

P. Carpenter – Village Folk

T. Mase – Village Folk


Production Crew

Stage ManagerMr. Ian Elliott

LightingMr. F Hurrell

WardrobeMrs. M. Bowen

PropertyMiss. P Dorman

PropertyMiss. D. Burnside


Programme Note: The Murder of Maria Marten or The Red Barn

BE wrote:
“When first they wrote of poor Maria’s plight,
All things were black, or pre-detergent white.
Actors declaimed the tale in manner splendid
And good must triumph when the story ended
Now played to you, dear
Audience of today
Schooled in the shades of
Psychologic grey
Though you may laugh at
All the deep dyed rage
You still may boo the
Villain from the stage.”