Bristol Theatre News

Midsummer A Play With Songs Barn Theatre Rehearsal Shots

Brand new musical Midsummer, is coming to the Barn Theatre in Cirencester

New rehearsal shots by photographer Pamela Raith have dropped for Midsummer – A Play With Songs. The show is a ‘rose-tinted’ musical rom-com, written by playwright David Greig and composed by Gordon McIntyre. It’s a co-production from Mercury Theatre and Barn Theatre which will see the show performed in Colchester ahead of a run at the Cirencester theatre.

Set in Edinburgh on a Midsummer night, two thirty-somethings from different worlds collide with each other. High-powered lawyer Helena is stuck in a dead-end affair with a married man. She meets small-time crook Bob. The pair hit it off, leading to leading to one hilarious night of ‘wild abandon’.

It’s the first co-production between the two theates. CEO & Artistic Director of the Barn Theatre, Iwan Lewis explained how important it was for theatres to take new approaches to producing work.

He said, “In today’s world, it’s crucial for theatres to adapt and seek innovative approaches to their productions. For a small, independent theatre like the Barn, which harbours large aspirations yet operates without subsidies, finding the right partners can prove challenging. With the Mercury, we’ve discovered an incredibly inspiring ally. They not only share our vision but have also broadened our horizons, showing us what’s possible at the next level. ‘Midsummer,’ is a musical comedy that I’ve hoped to stage for many years and is the perfect production for our first collaboration.”

Midsummer – A Play With Songs, will be at Barn Theatre from 22 May – 22 June 2024

For more information or to book:

Cast and Creatives
Bob – Ross Carswell
Helena – Karen Young
Narrator 1 – Will Arundel
Narrator 2 – Laura Andresen Guimarães

Written By – David Greig
Composed by Gordon McIntyre
Creative Director – Ryan McBryde
Designer – Libby Todd
Musical Director – Paul Herbert
Lighting Designer – Rory Beaton
Sound Designer – Mark Melville
Movement Director – Chihiro Kawasaki
Casting Director – Natalie Gallacher for Pippa Ailion Casting
Assistant Director – Chani Merrell
YouTube Shorts