BARN is a three-year theatre initiative that supports Somerset’s emerging theatre-making sector to develop, test and showcase new work in a predominantly rural context.

We're thrilled that BARN is happening and wish to thank our colleagues at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for supporting our theatre-making aspirations in Somerset.

Below is a brief summary of what BARN is all about. You can find out more by downloading the BARN Handbook as a pdf (on your right) or by clicking here to read it. This outlines our plans for the next few months.  

We've recently received applications for the first Round of the Ideas Fund and were delighted to support 8 project ideas from theatre-makers across the county.  Round 2 opened on 19th June with a deadline of 24th July 2017.

Why is BARN needed?
Historically, Somerset’s theatre infrastructure is both idiosyncratic and fragile. Real, grassroots issues have often hindered individuals and companies from remaining resilient, fed, connected and supported.

What does BARN do?
BARN resources theatre-makers to take risks, build resilience and sustain their practice, artistically and financially.

How does BARN do this?
BARN features several activity strands that include:

  • An Ideas Fund that supports the potential for new work. Round 2 has now opened, download an application form and the guidelines to the right of this page.  You can also click here to find out about grants made in Round One 
  • Research and Development Residencies
  • Work in Progress Events
  • Showcase Platforms
  • an annual BARNFest
  • Access and Business Support 
  • Progression and Signposting to other Opportunities

Expression of Interest 
We thought a good way to identify how BARN can be most effective is through conversation. So we invited people to complete an Expression of Interest by the deadline of 8 May 2017 to outline your plans for the next 8 to 12 months. We then spent May and early June meeting everyone who had submitted an Expression of Interest.  Based on our conversations, we have been able to offer individuals and companies support over the next 6-9 months.  Details of that level of support will be available here shortly.

More support through BARN will follow for 2018/19, watch this space for opportunities and more information as it becomes availalbe. You can read more about the process and approach we are taking in the BARN Handbook (see right).  

Training Event  
Details of our next training event, Marketing and Tour Booking on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at David Hall Arts Centre are avaiable here

Timeframe for 2017

  • Expression of Interest deadline: 8 May 2017 (now passed)
  • Informal conversations around supporting work: May / June 2017 (now passed)
  • R&D, Work in Progress, Showcase Events: June to November 2017
  • Ideas Fund Round 2 deadline: 24 July 2017
  • BARNFest: October/November 2017 (date to be confirmed)
  • Training Events, Professional Support and Signposting: ongoing

Further Information
Keep an eye on this website for regular updates
Contact Mark Helyar or Sarah Peterkin Co-Directors of Theatre

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