The Barn: Ben Turner and Evelyn Hoskins to star in virtual reading of new play

Headshots of Evelyn Hoskins (left) Ben Turner (right)

Paul Bradshaw and Naomi Miller’s play The Barn will be live-streamed this May.

Ben Turner (The Kite Runner, The Jungle, Casualty) and Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Carrie, Misfits) will star in the virtual reading from The Turbine Theatre on Friday, May 7.

Tickets are on sale now here for the digital production via stream.theatre

The reading will be directed by Bradshaw (Fiver, Two Cities – Criterion Theatre), produced by Tanya Truman with livestream production by theatrical.solutions (Adam Lenson, Chris Czornyj).

A teaser shares: “The Barn is a thriller set in Texas in 1983. We meet an isolated Joe, early 50s, as a storm threatens to damage his decrepit home. Joe warily welcomes Lucy, a stranded and nervous stranger in her early 30s.

“As the night unfolds and the storm rages, they take comfort in each other’s company until dark secrets from the past are revealed.”

Miller said: “The idea for the play came to us over drinks during quite a dramatic storm on a hot summer night a couple of years ago. Once lockdown began in March 2020 we found that we finally had the time to work on the piece. We wrote the play in weekly sessions over Zoom and have held several readings including one funded by ACE using actors from the Criterion New Writing ensemble.”

Bradshaw added: “It feels right to initially bring the piece to life in a virtual setting. Our future aim is to bring an expansive full-scale production to life, and we’d like to use this opportunity to meet collaborators in order to make that a reality.

“Rather than sending drafts of the play out to venues hoping they’ll want to put it on, we figured we’d make an event of it. The cast are incredible and we can’t wait to get in a rehearsal room and play.”

Picture credit: Evelyn Hoskins (© Phil Sharp) / Ben Turner (© Ruth Crafer)

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