in Our Hands - Exhibition and Celebration Event
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photograph © Sarah Barfoot 2008
June 2008, as part of a government-funded initiative to bring live
theatre to young people, the all-male Propeller
Theatre Company visited Coggeshall Grange Barn to stage a run of
its one-hour condensed version of A Midsummer Night's Dream by
William Shakespeare. The audiences consisted of parties of
local school students.
performances, the students discussed the age of the Barn and how
many people must have been involved with it over the
centuries. Afterwards there were question-and-answer sessions
involving the cast and audience. Typical enquiries were:
- "What's it like to play a female character?" - "It's
fun to play different parts as we are an all-male cast".
"How long does it take you to learn your
lines?" - "About three weeks".
"What's your favourite character to
play?" - (various answers).
1 September 2007, Brian Smith (then Volunteer Coordinator) was interviewed
on Phoenix FM (the community radio
station for Brentwood and Billericay, Essex) by Ian MacGregor on his
Weekend Breakfast show. Click
here to hear the interview.
Heritage in Our Hands
following article appeared in the November 2006 edition of the Essex
Journal. Permission to re-publish it has been requested.
BBC Essex at the Barn
May 2006, to celebrate twenty years of broadcasting to the county, two
presenters from BBC
Essex walked the Essex Way, breaking their journey at Coggeshall
Grange Barn. Some photos of the event can be seen on the Essex
Way Day Seven Gallery.
The Volunteer's Tale
following article appeared in the October 2004 edition of Best of
British. Permission to re-publish it has been requested.
Backdrop to Bacchanalia
Grange Barn played a prominent role in Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1972
film version of The Canterbury Tales, based on
Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th Century classic. The Barn
was part clad in a half-timbered style to portray the Tabard Inn,
Southwark, from where the pilgrims departed for Canterbury.
village provided extras for the cast of the film, which remains
controversial to this day. Initially banned in Pasolini's
native Italy for obscenity and blasphemy, the film is available on
Blu-ray, DVD and VHS with a surprisingly lenient 15 BBFC