The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has launched a live streaming service, which will provide a mix of community news, entertainment, music and children’s content.
The theatre’s artistic director Iwan Lewis announced the creation of Behind the Barn Door on March 19, after the venue went dark due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The new service will be streamed daily via the venue’s Facebook page and will provide everything from community news to children’s content in an effort to reflect the inclusive ethos of the theatre.
The first broadcast was a two-hour live Q&A with MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, intended to give local businesses the opportunity to ask questions about the government’s plans to support the local economy.
On Wednesday, the theatre announced that all its productions, including Patrick Barlow’s Ben Hur and the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question, would be postponed until further notice.
Morpurgo issued a plea to the public to help save the Barn Theatre, expressing concerns that the venue may “never open again” as it faces losses of £250,000 following cancellations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Barn Theatre was opened in 2018 and won best fringe theatre of the year at The Stage Awards 2019.
Further programming for Behind the Barn Door will be announced via the Barn Theatre’s Facebook page.