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Barnstorm is a Youth Theatre project based in Gloucestershire. Since 1995, Barnstorm have produced over 28 original shows and worked with thousands of young people. Young people, aged between 12-18 years, camp out in the beautiful Forest of Dean. They spend 7 days devising story lines, creating characters, and writing lyrics to create an original musical show. Not a minute is wasted - theatre games and techniques are practiced throughout the week to equip them with the skills needed to produce a high quality show in such a short space of time. The Barnstorm teams are made up of professional theatre directors, musical directors and artists, who waive their normal fee to be part of this dynamic week.

Barnstorm is a Youth Theatre project based in Gloucestershire. Since 1995, Barnstorm have produced over 28 original shows and worked with thousands of young people. Young people, aged between 12-18 years, camp out in the beautiful Forest of Dean. They spend 7 days devising story lines, creating characters, and writing lyrics to create an original musical show. Not a minute is wasted - theatre games and techniques are practiced throughout the week to equip them with the skills needed to produce a high quality show in such a short space of time. The Barnstorm teams are made up of professional theatre directors, musical directors and artists, who waive their normal fee to be part of this dynamic week.

Scene from Umbrella Man

Scene from Umbrella Man

Barnstorm is a truly unique project.

The price of the week is kept to an absolute minimum and no profit is made. To help keep costs down participants’ parents are asked to help out before or during the week. Many do this by preparing some bulk cooking. (Bolognese for ten?) Some help out with the costumes and scenery, others may turn up on the last day with their gloves, brooms and screwdrivers to help with the big clear up. One favourite peculiarity is that each actor is asked to bring a cake for ten and these are devoured during the afternoon tea breaks.

 

 

As Barnstorm’s reputation has grown, so has the size of the audience. The final night has become the exclusive preserve of the families of the actors. They arrive at 6pm and set up their picnic in the gardens which they share with the actors before their call for the show at 8pm.

 

Old Severn Bridge House  A farm and a giant yurt by the River Severn.

Old Severn Bridge House A farm and a giant yurt by the River Severn.

May Hill - A cottage, a garden, a village hall and a field by a forest

May Hill - A cottage, a garden, a village hall and a field by a forest

Thread By Thread - August 2017

Thread By Thread - August 2017

Riverstorm - August 2017

Riverstorm - August 2017

Riverstorm 2017

Riverstorm 2017

Barnstorm has become very popular, it has doubled in size and since 2009 we have run two weeks. Even so, competition is fierce so please act on the 1st January, when the applications open. Information about how to apply can be found in Upcoming Events. Before applying be sure you know what you are signing up for – Barnstorm could change your life!