In 2019 Barnstorm will be running two weeks at two different venues in the Forest Of Dean. The first week ‘Hillstorm’ will be run at May Hill and the second week ‘Riverstorm’ will be at Severn Bridge House.
The two seven day drama and music camps for young people aged 12 to 18 will be led by the Barnstorm team. Participants will devise and rehearse an entirely original musical that will be performed twice on the final afternoon and evening. Both weeks will both be open to the same age group and have very different themes. Every participant will get the chance to write lyrics, influence the storyline, develop interesting characters; choreograph movement and a whole lot more! Everyone is guaranteed a speaking part and there are no auditions, Barnstorm is hard work; The working days are from 9am – 9pm!
Week One Hillstorm - May Hill
Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August 2019
Barnstorm Week One will commence at 12noon on the Sunday and finish, after clearing up, at 12.00 noon on the following Sunday. All participants will go home on the Tuesday evening and return at 10.00am on Wednesday morning. No one, apart from the team will be allowed to stay on the Hillstorm site on Tuesday night; if you think this might be a problem please mention it in good time so that arrangements can be made for you to stay with other participants. The performances are on Friday 2nd at 8pm and Saturday 3rd August at 4pm and 8pm.
Week Two Riverstorm – Old Severn Bridge House
Sunday 11th August – Sunday 18th August 2019
Barnstorm Week Two will commence at 12 noon on the Sunday and finish, after clearing up, at 12.00 noon on the following Sunday. All participants will go home on the Tuesday evening and return at 10.00am on Wednesday morning. No one, apart from the team will be allowed to stay on the Riverstorm site on Tuesday night; if you think this might be a problem please mention it in good time so that arrangements can be made for you to stay with other participants. The performances are on Friday 16th at 8pm and Saturday 17th at 4pm and 8pm.
Devising Day Workshop
In addition to the actual residential weeks there is a devising day workshop. This is completely free and optional to attend. It’s a great chance to meet the cast and team and check out the venues. It is hoped that enough material will be gathered to enable the team to develop two scenarios before the Barnstorms begin. Bring a pack lunch and we’ll provide the tea and biscuits!
Week One Cast – Hillstorm - TBC 10.00am – 5.00pm
Location: Jordans Place, May Hill, Gloucestershire
Week Two Cast – Riverstorm - TBC 10.00am to 5.00pm
Location: Old Severn Bridge House, Etloe, Gloucestershire
The Strict Bit
Commitment to Barnstorm
Barnstorm is a full-time commitment. The Team have unanimously agreed that Barnstorm should take a very clear line on this. Participants will not be allowed to arrive late, leave early or take time off in the week for any reason. If you cannot commit to Barnstorm 100% please do not apply. This includes leaving after the performance no matter how tired you are! Anyone who does not comply with the rules will not be able to take part in future Barnstorms.
Barnstorm is a ‘no alcohol’ week for all the cast, whatever their age. We ask all actors and their parents to support this policy.
Leaving the site
None of the cast are allowed to leave the site during Barnstorm even if they have their own car and even if they are on a mission to buy thank you presents!
Hillstorm – Week One
The venue is Jordans Place, May Hill. This is the home of Tessa and family: Husband Jon and children Oscar and May. Some activities and the performances will happen in May Hill Village Hall, next door, which has toilets, shower and kitchen. Participants will camp, in their own tents, in the nearby scout field where there is a loo for overnight use. All meals will be provided.
Riverstorm – Week Two
This takes place at Old Severn Bridge House, Etloe. This is the home of Carina & James Greenwood. The performance will take place in a magnificent giant yurt. Participants will camp in their own tents in a field on the farm. Toilets and showers are available. All meals are provided.
This year the cost will be £300 per participant. If your application is successful and you have been allocated a week you will asked to pay a minimum deposit of £100 per participant. The balance of £200 must be paid by 1st July, by PayPal or directly into our Barnstorm account.
The cost of the week can only be kept down if parents provide assistance with such things as helping with cooking during the week, costumes, scenery or clearing up on the last day. Parents who do help usually enjoy seeing how the week works and being part of such an exciting event. All participants will be asked to supply specific food items (in addition to the usual cake). There is the opportunity to make an alternative cash donation if this is difficult for you.
How to apply
On the 1st January 2019 at 10am click on the link below which will take you to the application form (hosted by Jotform) You will not be able to choose which week you attend; instead you will be allocated a week, to ensure we have two equally strong and varied casts. You can inform us about your availability, but there are no guarantees. Numbers will be strictly limited. Last year we were full by lunchtime, so please apply as soon as the applications open. No money is taken at this point. To cope with the increased demand for places, preference will be given to those who have applied before.
What happens next?
You will immediately receive a message confirmation that we have received your application. We will let you know if you have been successful and which week you have been allocated within two weeks. If you choose to accept your place you must confirm it by completing a form and paying a £100 deposit or the full amount. Full and detailed information about the weeks will be available nearer the time, but in the meantime if you require any information please email Barnstorm.