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First Drafts: Barrel Organ

8 December, 7.30pm


“Did you say the stars were worlds, Tess?”
“Which do we live on – a splendid one or a blighted one?”
“A blighted one.” 

Tess is Barrel Organ’s adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. A young woman endures a life full of consequence and repercussion, because of an event which was forced upon her. The story we set out on is already wrapped up and over. But  what if it’s not? What happens if we take the reigns? Is it possible for a 21st century woman to retell a story written by a 19th century man?

See in double bill with JASMINE WOODCOCK-STEWARD for £7.50

About Barrel Organ

Barrel Organ is a UK-based touring company founded in the West Midlands that works collaboratively to create politically engaged theatre. We are proud to be associate artists at Camden People’s Theatre.

Our style is inherently, self-consciously theatrical. We draw attention to the context of theatre and highlight the audiences’ relationship to their surroundings. We create pieces that engage with the audience and ask them to interrogate various aspects of twenty-first century culture.

The company’s first show NOTHING, was created in 2013 at Warwick University and went on to perform at Summerhall at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 before touring nationally.

Some People Talk About Violence premiered at Summerhall, Edinburgh in 2015 before transferring to Camden People’s Theatre and touring nationally in 2016, with support from Arts Council England.

Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here, the company’s third show, commisioned by Camden People’s Theatre, will premiere at Edinburgh Festival 2017.

Alongside their productions Barrel Organ curate LIVE, a scratch night for new and experimental work as well as running a programme of workshops and educational support.