POLSTEAD

By Beth Flintoff

Commissioned by Eastern Angles

At various venues 11th July - 5th August 2018

“It’s been a year since I died, and still nobody has found me”

In the Red Barn, a dark secret lies buried, waiting to be discovered.

In 1820s Suffolk, Polstead is a quiet village stuck in its age-old traditions and ancient class system. Rich and poor, man and woman, everyone knows their place. Life revolves around the seasons and the timeless cycle of marriages, births and deaths, where the annual Cherry Fair is the only excitement, and the threat of starvation never far away. The villagers plod stoically on, through bitter winters and sweet brief summers. 

But Maria and her friends want to be different: they yearn for thrills and experimentation. When luck, and her fierce determination to better herself, throws Maria into the arms of a wealthy landowner, it seems that her dreams will come true…

With this new take on a classic story, the play re-examines the life of Maria Marten and the events that led up to her murder. 

The dark local tale will be dramatically staged by Hal Chambers (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia HartRagnarök) with an all-female cast and will tour to a mix of locations from Ipswich Waterfront to Semer Barn near Polstead itself. 

For more information about the tour, click here