The Tithe Barn Trust welcomed nearly one hundred visitors to the Tithe Barn, in Landbeach near Cambridge, on the evening of Thursday 20th June to watch ‘Romeo & Juliet & Angie!’.
After the success of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last year at this historic Tithe Barn, the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA) returned to present this adaption of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and famous tragedies. Director Chris Mckay of CSVPA says “It was our pleasure to present this turbo charged, much abbreviated version of Romeo and Juliet, showcasing one student in particular (‘Angie’ Ziqi Huang) who will be joining us again next year for our foundation course. We performed this play with a cast of only three actors, Angie, myself, and following my cameo in last year’s production, I gleefully introduced Rachel Ellis, head of our drama program, into the cast!”.
Gemma O’Shea, Chair of the Tithe Barn Trust, says “We have to thank CSVPA for volunteering their time, bringing their energy and making Shakespeare accessible to so many.”
The Tithe Barn Trust is a small charity committed to saving and sympathetically restoring the Grade II Listed Tithe Barn. The Tithe Barn Trust has a 99 year lease of the Tithe Barn. Key to the Tithe Barn Trust’s charitable aim is maximising public access to the Tithe Barn and education. We want to ensure that the Tithe Barn has a vibrant and sustainable future and performances like this are very much part of the plan.
Carols at the Tithe Barn was the perfect way to start our festive season, so thank you to everyone for making this event so special. Visitors were able to escape the commercialisation of Christmas and sang classic carols such as Silent Night and Away in the Manger.
Of course we have to thank our volunteers too. Gemma O’Shea, Volunteer Chair of Trustees, says “We’re so lucky to have such dedicated volunteers who willingly give their time. As the event was free to everyone and we’re a small charity working with a tiny budget we have to be really resourceful. Maggie, one of our fabulous volunteers, used lots of foliage with holly and ivy foraged from the garden to create some traditional hand tied arrangements to hang around the unique timber frame Tithe Barn. Our thanks have to go to Tesco Milton also for donating mulled wine and mince pies for the event.
On Thursday 14th June one hundred visitors came to watch Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Tithe Barn performed by the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing arts (CSVPA).
Rachel Ellis, Head of Drama at CSVPA, says “The Tithe Barn is such a wonderful piece of history and I am thrilled at the chance of our students being able to perform in it. The students on our performing arts courses at CSVPA undertake training in both classical and contemporary acting. Their June performance is a reduced Shakespeare play especially edited for a small cast, each actor playing multiple roles. It is a lot of fun! The barn is a vital piece of local history and I feel strongly that it is a gift to be able to share the local cultural heritage of such places with our very international cohort of students. We have students from Cambridgeshire but also as far afield as China, Russia and South America on our courses. We wanted to show our full support for the Tithe Barn Trust’s campaign to restore the barn.”
It was a fantastic evening and demonstrated the Tithe Barn’s true potential at bringing people together.
Huge thanks have to go to our visitors who braved the rain and came along to our April event. Despite the April showers, they were able to spot animals hiding around the Tithe Barn and win an Easter egg. Then they sowed dwarf French bean seeds to take home and grow their own veg for our July competition. Thank goodness we had a few spare pairs of wellies to borrow as the grass track was incredibly wet. At least the ducks loved it though!